CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 21, 1978
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(Studio) USSR fighter planes' downing of South Korean airliner north of Moscow, near town of Kem, noted. Plane's route from Paris to Seoul via Anchorage, AK, its apparent straying into Soviet air space and alleged firing on it by USSR planes reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Moscow, USSR ) Provision being made for United States passenger plane to pick up Korean plane's passengers and crew in Murmansk detailed. USSR report that 2 passengers were killed, 2 injured stated. Statements by State Department spokesperson Hodding Carter III, with regard to Secretary Vance's nonparticipation in this incident and his continued talks with Sovs. on Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT), given.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb
(DC) United States reaction to downed plane incident, in light of Vance's presence in Moscow for arms talks, and agreement to act as intermediary between USSR and South Korea, which doesn't have diplomatic relations with Sovs., outlined. [State Department spokesperson Tom RESTON - states information received from USSR with regard to incident.] Reston's suggestion that plane may have been victim of hijacking attempt noted. [RESTON - says hostile action against plane can't be ruled out. Knows of no intelligence connection with regard to plane.] National security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski's reported statement that Sovs. did shoot plane, forcing it down, cited.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb