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Korean Airliner Downed In USSR #498469

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 23, 1978
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(Studio) South Korean airliner passengers, downed on plane in USSR , now en route to Seoul noted. Airlift from Murmansk to Helsinki, Finland, mentioned. Known details of incident stated, but is reported that reason for jet's straying over USSR air space is still unknown; route from Paris to Seoul, via North Pole, to be taken by Korean Air Lines plane cited.
REPORTER: Kelly Lange Unsigned sketches

(Helsinki, Finland) Report on arrival of passengers and crew of Korean plane in Helsinki. Is noted that Sovs. are detaining pilot and chief navigator in Murmansk. Interview with copilot described; his statement that Russian MiG fired on Korean plane reported [Copilot CHA Soon-Do - landed plane about 1 1/2 hrs. after being fired upon, to consume fuel and try to find better airfield. Notes he couldn't find airfield. Put plane into dive because shots depressurized cabin. Describes actions taken after firing.] Deaths and injuries reported [Passenger Benson COHEN - describes scene when Sovs. fired on plane.] [Passenger William HOWARD - says people remained calm.] [COHEN - describes landing on frozen lake.] Contd. investigation noted.
REPORTER: Paul Cunningham

(Studio) United States expressions of concern for 2 crewmen still held in USSR reported.
REPORTER: Kelly Lange

Cunningham, Paul;
Lange, Kelly

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