The tragedy that could be avoided.

During the Cold Warthe number of violations of Soviet air space for the purpose of espionage by the United States reached at least several hundreds, and the number of spy planes shot downover the territory of the Soviet Union – several dozens.

The tragedy of the Korean airlines flight KAL-007 on August 31, 1983 – was it a tragic accident or malice? Let’s look at the facts.

1.    In 1983, the whole world was watching another round of the Cold War, caused by the war in Afghanistan.

2.    On the night of August 31, 1983 the United States intelligence was conducting the operation “Burning Star” with the participation of technical reconnaissance aircrafts Boeing RC-135 in the area where the Korean plane was flying through. According to the records of the Soviet pilot’s communication with the ground, it was dark during the identification of the aircraft. Could the Soviet pilot mistakeBoeing 747 for Boeing RC-135?

3.    The Korean plane deviated from its course for 500 kilometers.

4.    International Commission believes that the team on the aircraft did not properly configure theautopilot, and did not conduct monitoring of their location.

5.    The airplane flew about 2,000 kilometersover the Soviet territory.

6.    Soviet military tried repeatedly to contact the aircraft – over the Kamchatka Peninsula and over the island of Sakhalin.

7.    Over Sakhalin, a Soviet pilot on Su-15 was not able to identify the plane – it was too dark. But he did not even think it could be a passenger plane.

8.    A Soviet interceptor aircraft fired two missiles at the Korean plane. It is believed that at least 10 missiles are required to shoot down such a large plane.

9.    The plane was falling for about 10 minutes.

10.  When the plane touched the water surface it had transonic speed. From hitting the water the airplane literally disintegrated into small pieces.

11. It was reported of 269 victims on board of the aircraft. Soviet divers, who worked at the scene, did not find any bodies.

12. In 1986, the USSR, the USA and Japan have created a unified system of air surveillance.

Boeing 747 of the Korean AirlinesBoeing 747 of the Korean Airlines

Some More Facts about the Crash of the Korean Airliner

  • Electronic Intelligence of the United States and Japan recorded an alarm declared by the Soviet air defense. The United States have publicly acknowledged that they had information about the plane having been detected by Soviet radar facilities and its surveillance for 2.5 hours. But no action was taken although they had more than enough time.
  • Each air flight is monitored by land dispatch services by passing an aircraft from one to another. Traffic control services failed to warn the crew of the aircraft that they deviated from their course for 500 kilometers. The plane flew over the territory of the USSR for about 2 thousand kilometers, and not a single dispatcher informed the crew of this.
  • Cockpit voice recordings showed that the pilots of the Korean airliner did not see the Soviet interceptor aircraft, which launched all of its ammunition, trying to get their attention.
  • In 1978, a South Korean Boeing 707 USSR invaded the airspace of the Soviet Unionfrom a completely different side of the USSR. And it, too, had a huge deviation from its course. At that time during the interception of the aircraft by the Soviet Armed Forces and a hard landing after the firing of rockets by a Soviet interceptor plane, two people were killed. Even before it became clear as to what had happened, the USSR was accused of shooting down a civilian airliner. It seems that the news was ready prepared before the event took place. A Korean crew and American plane …

Facts allow us to formulate a lot of questions to which there are still no answers.

It seems that the final period to the investigation of the crash of the Korean airliner flight KAL-007 is yet to be put.


To discover Russia with Alexey Gureev

фото-фотобанк Лори

We are glad to discover Russia together with you!

We put our heart into the project. Join us on Facebook or Twitter: