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Korean Plane Downed In USSR #53523

ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 21, 1978
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(Studio) USSR fighter planes forcing down of South Korean airliner, earlier reported missing over North Pole, noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Moscow, USSR ) USSR officials' report to United States embassy officials with regard to downed plane and its passengers detailed; offer to United States for American plane to pick up passengers and crew in Murmansk stated. Lack of explanations on how South Korean plane strayed from its Paris-Anchorage, AK, route and on how 2 fatalities occurred and Soviet explanations with regard to methods used to force plane down outlined.
REPORTER: Charles Bierbauer

(Studio) Report on known facts about flight.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(No location given) Reporter traces route of Korea Air Lines flight from Paris to Seoul, via North Pole. Drawings and maps shown. Pilot's last transmission, that he was near Ellesmere Island at Canada's northernmost point, and his later turn which put him over Bering Sea and into Soviet air space, outlined. Plane's crash landing near Kem, USSR , noted.

(DC) United States officials' closeness about information they had on Korean plane incident mentioned. Unlikelihood of United States not knowing where plane was, due to radar warning systems monitoring polar area for both eastern and west and due to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) radar network hookup in Norway, outlined. Northern Air Defense film shown. National security adviser Brzezinski's report that USSR fighters had fired on plane noted.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Bierbauer, Charles;
Brown, Bob;
Donaldson, Sam;
Reasoner, Harry

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