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South Korean Plane Downed In USSR #498449

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 21, 1978
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(Studio) USSR fighter planes' forcing down of South Korean airliner that strayed into Soviet air space noted. Crash landing near Kem, USSR , and injuries and deaths reported; Kem noted as being on White Sea near Arctic Circle, about 200 mile from Murmansk. Plane's route from Paris to Alaska mentioned.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Plane's planned route from Paris across North Pole to Anchorage, AK, noted; it's last report from Canadian air space and subsequent turn back towards USSR detailed. Apparent details of incident over and in USSR , according to Soviet information to United States State Department, given. Statement from State Department spokesperson Tom Reston that United States officials don't know if incident is due to navigation error, hijacking or something else, cited. [RESTON - doesn't rule out any possibility. Knows of no intelligence connection re: plane.] Examination of USSR promptness in giving information and in allowing passengers to leave given.
REPORTER: John Dancy Artist: Betty Wells

(Studio) USSR reports stated that Korean plane was intercepted only after attempts to get it to land at airfield failed.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Moscow, USSR ) United States embassy requests for information on incident, as South Korea has no diplomatic relations with USSR and thus no embassy in Moscow, detailed. Sovs.' offer to allow United States commercial plane to pick up passengers at Murmansk noted.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(Studio) Tass news item with regard to incident described.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Dancy, John;
Savitch, Jessica;
Valeriani, Richard
Duration:
00:03:50

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