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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Korean Air Lines Incident (1983)

Suzette V Suarez

Subject(s):
Civil aviation — Armed attack

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 On 1 September 1983, Korean Air Lines Flight 007 from New York, bound for Seoul, Korea, was shot down by Soviet fighter planes. Soon after taking off from Anchorage, Alaska, where it had stopped to refuel, Flight 007 began to deviate from its authorized route. It then entered Soviet airspace by flying over the Kamchatka Peninsula, Sakhalin Island, and the surrounding waters. 2 Soviet radar tracked the Korean Air Lines aircraft two hours after its take-off from Anchorage and Soviet military aircraft subsequently intercepted the civilian plane. After receiving...
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