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South Korean Plane Downed In USSR #53546

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 24, 1978
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(Studio) Contd. mystery and investigations about forced landing of South Korean airliner in USSR detailed. Photos shown, one taken by passenger on Korean plane of Soviet fighter that fired on them. Also detailed is tracking of jet by Norwegian NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) trackers at Bodo as it went by Murmansk and over heaviest concentration of USSR missile sites, subs and warships; is mentioned that Bodo is north of Arctic Circle. Reports by some passengers that Soviet fighter signaled plane to land and disagreement with this by Korean copilot today in Tokyo stated. Film shown. [Copilot CHA Soon-Do - was monitoring international frequency and didn't hear anything.]
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Seoul, South Korea) Report on arrival of Korean passengers in Seoul and welcome given them. 1 of 2 killed when Soviet fighter fired on plane was Korean Pong Tae Won. Korean government silence on reasons for plane's straying over Soviet territory, until release of pilot and copilot by USSR , noted.
REPORTER: Ken Kashiwahara

Jennings, Peter;
Kashiwahara, Ken

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