30 Years Later the Shoot-Down of a Korean Air Lines 747 is Remembered
Korean Air Lines flight 007 veered way off course into Soviet territory when the pilots may have made a mistake with the autopilot mode. Changes have been made in how autopilot functions in the interim, but it was too late for the passengers and crew.
Excerpt from CNN
The idea that Soviet fighter jets would shoot down a Boeing 747 airliner seems shockingly unbelievable. Two-hundred sixty-nine innocent people died in a largely forgotten Cold War attack that took place exactly 30 years ago this weekend.
On a sultry August night in 1983 at New York’s JFK airport, Alice Ephraimson-Abt, a brilliant, 23-year-old, blue-eyed blonde, was about to board Korean Air Lines Flight 007 for Seoul, South Korea, halfway around the world…
The ramifications of the shoot-down of Flight 007 reverberated far beyond the lives lost. It sparked global outrage, conspiracy theories and an activist movement that continues today. It also joined a list of disturbing developments that made 1983 one of the scariest years of the Cold War. Not since 1962′s Cuban Missile Crisis had the world teetered so close to the unthinkable, according to declassified documents released last May.