CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 31, 1984
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(Studio) USSR downing of Korean Air Lines flight 007 year ago today recalled.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Chungnain, South Korea) Japanese memorial service for victims of KAL 007 and their survivors featured; films shown. Hiroshi Anue's losses cited as example; photograph shown. [ANUE - notes all still grieve.] Preparations for South Korean memorial services described, shown. [Victim's relatives Lionel SCOTT, George KENT - explain coming to South Korea for anniversary services.] Americans participating in services mentioned traveling same route as KAL 007. [Lieutenant Commander Mike RATLIFF - notes lesson for public from USSR response to off-course commercial flight.] South Korea's touchy diplomacy position due to courting USSR participation in 1988 Olympics in Seoul noted. [S. Korea information service spokesperson Choi Tae SOON - claims need to not live in the past.]
REPORTER: Wyatt Andrews
(Anchorage, AK) Korean Air Lines' effort to both change its public image and avoid repetition of KAL 007 downing by altering its air route in region examined; films shown. Use of military radar in Aleutian Island to monitor civilian air traffic in specific region discussed; number planes brought back on course since last year cited. [Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Leroy STRATMAN - explains double-check system now in use.] Other changes recommended as result of KAL 007 tragedy and not yet incorporated listed, illustrated on map. Findings of International Civil Aviation Org.'s investigation into why KAL 007 strayed so far off course considered; deluge of conspiracy theories as result of unanswered questions noted. [Robert ALLARDYCE - believes KAL pilot intentionally strayed into USSR air space to bring full Soviet military to operational military alert.] [Senator Patrick LEAHY - dismisses conspiracy theories as having no basis.] Issue of United States intelligence not informing KAL 007 of its status cited. [Assistant secretary state Richard BURT - claims United States intelligence was unaware of plane's predicament; denies existence of such intelligence capability by US.] Pentagon claims that United States spy plane in region was unaware of KAL 007 outlined, illustrated on map. Myths debunked by KAL downing explained.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne