NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 04, 1985
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(Studio) USSR downing of Korean Air Lines 007 in 1983 recalled.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Suit against federal government by KAL victims' families claiming United States air traffic controllers failed to warn pilot he was off course examined; circumstances surrounding incident reviewed. Photos shown. Audio tapes of controllers played, partially transcribed on screen. (Poor audio quality.) [Former diplomacy John KEPPLE - notes implications for Federal Aviation Administration of tape contents.] Info. from Japanese radar said contradicting United States government claims; scholar David Pearson, claiming cover-up, noted suggesting KAL flight was maneuvering to evade USSR fighters. [Radar expert Eli BROOKNER - disagrees; explains.] United States government, refusing to release information supporting its claim, said denying allegations of cover-up.
REPORTER: Robert Hager
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