Korean Air Lines Flight 902

Korean Air Lines Flight 902

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Korean Air Lines Flight 902

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Korean Air Lines Flight 902 (KAL902, KE902) was the flight number of a civilian airliner that was shot down April 20, 1978, near Murmansk, USSR, after it violated Soviet airspace and allegedly failed to respond to Soviet interceptors. Tapes released by Rovaniemi Area Control Centre show that the pilots of KAL902 transmitted their call sign three times immediately prior to the shootdown.<!-- please provide english translation --> Two passengers were killed when Soviet aircraft opened fire on the aircraft. 107&nbsp;passengers and crew survived after the plane made an emergency landing on a frozen lake.

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The Boeing 707 aircraft (registration HL7429), piloted by Kim Chang Ky, left Paris, France on a course to Anchorage, Alaska, United States where it would refuel and proceed to Seoul, South Korea. The plane initially flew north past Great Britain, Iceland, Greenland, and the Canadian Forces Station Alert, located on Ellesmere Island from the North Pole. It then changed its course, flying southeast; not toward Anchorage located at , but in the opposite direction toward Murmansk at . The aircraft was not fitted with an inertial navigation system,GPS was not available at the time either. and the pilots failed to note the position of the sun, almost 180&nbsp;degrees off from where it should have...
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