Sunday, 16 March 2014

FLIGHT KAL007 : The Missing Passengers

September 1st, 1983 : Korean Air Lines Flight 007 was on its way to Seoul, South Korea. However, when it strayed into Soviet Air Space, a Soviet Su-15 shot down the airliner, killing all 268 people, claiming that the aircraft was a spy mission. The shot down created a firestrom of international condemnation against the USSR.

The Soviet military leadership, says the Boeing entered the country's airspace on a reconnaissance mission aimed at gathering information on radar installation in the Soviet far east. It should be noted that considerable areas of the Soviet far east were restricted territory. The Soviet sent two fighters to intercept the plane. Failing to receive a response, one of the fighters fired a heat-seeking missle to KAL 007.

Despite the heated pubic rhetoric, many Soviets and American officials and analysts privately agreed that the incident was simply a tragic misunderstanding. The Flight was a victim of the Cold War, and proved that war could be very real and could lead to human casualties. The story of Flight 007 will be remembered pretty much the way we we told it in 1983, not the way it really happened.

Question breed suspicion

After thirty years almost all important question surrounding the crash have been answered. However ,when the Soviet Union seizes the crash site, there are no traces of the passengers found.

What  happened to the bodies?

  • Some theory believe the lack of bodies indicates that the Soviet somehow rescued Rep. McDonald and other passengers and then imprisoned them for years.
  • another theory said the Soviets intentionally destroyed any bodies they found because they wanted to hide evidece of the incident


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