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Segment 3 (Incident Over Kem) #498497

NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 24, 1978
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(Studio) Events involved in last week's downing of South Korean airliner near little town of Kem, USSR , recalled; reason for plane to have strayed so far from course over Canada still not known.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Arrival of South Korean passengers from downed plane in Seoul today noted; film shown. Pilot and copilot's detention in USSR while Sovs. try to discover reason for incident reported State Department spokesperson's statement that US is as mystified over reason as are Sovs. given. Investigation of incident by officials from US, USSR and South Korea described.
REPORTER: John Dancy

(DC) Chronology of events leading to plane's landing in USSR given, from departure in Paris, and course near England, Norway, Iceland and apparently towards Greenland. Difficulty of navigating near North Pole stated. Radar tracking of plane after its wrong turn, past Norway and near Murmansk, USSR , noted. Other events, include Soviet plane fire on passenger jet, outlined. [Passenger Benson COHEN - describes calm of passengers and smoothness of landing.] Suggestion of enormous navigational error cited.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit Artist: Betty Wells

(DC) Following report is on navigational systems.
REPORTER: John Dancy

(Los Angeles, California) Interview on navigational equipment is with Airline Pilots Association spokesperson, Captain Ray Lahr, who is inventor of navigational computer; it takes place in cockpit of Boeing jet. [LAHR - talks about types of navigation systems Korean plane may have had. Discusses possibilities for getting off course and speculates with regard to Korean pilot's possible attempt to get to landing field due to being lost. Agrees with reporter that there's no ready explanation for error of this magnitude.]
REPORTER: Frank Bourgholtzer

(DC) North American Defense Command officials' report on radar tracking of planes coming into United States air space and plans to intercept any plane not identifying self outlined. Is noted that information on United States contingency plan, should similar incident happen here as did in USSR , is classified.
REPORTER: John Dancy

Bourgholtzer, Frank;
Chancellor, John;
Dancy, John;
Pettit, Tom

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