Soviets Shoot Down Korean Air Lines Flight 007 (1983)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Korean Air Lines Flight 007 (KAL 007) was a Korean Air Lines civilian airliner that was shot down by a SovietinterceptorSu-15 which was piloted by Major Gennadi Osipovich on Thursday, September 1, 1983, over the Sea of Japan, near Moneron Island just west of Sakhalin Island. All 269 passengers and crew aboard were killed, including Lawrence McDonald, a sitting member of the United States Congress. The aircraft was en route from New York City to Seoul via Anchorage when it flew through prohibited Soviet airspace around the time of a U.S. reconnaissance mission. The Soviet Union initially denied knowledge of the incident,but later admitted shooting the aircraft down, claiming that it was on a spy mission.
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