On this day in 1983, Korean Air Lines flight 007 flying from New York to Seoul was shot down by a Soviet interceptor aircraft near west of Sakhalin over the Sea of Japan. The Soviet air defense was placed on full alert because of previous American reconnaissance mission that had monitored Soviet missile tests in the area. Tragically, Soviets saw the civilian aircraft that entered the airspace of the USSR as an aircraft being on a reconnaissance mission. All of the 269 passengers and the crew lost their lives in the incident.
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