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A Korean Air 707: the same aircraft type involved in the incident (Photo: Steve Fitzgerald [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html) or GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], via Wikimedia Commons)

A Forgotten Soviet Shoot-Down: The Story of Korean Air 902

In September 1983 the Cold War was on the brink of becoming hot. The Soviet Union had shot down a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 that had strayed over their airspace. The strike resulted in the deaths of all 269 on board, including prominent conservative congressman Larry McDonald.  The intentional hit by the Soviets remains tangled in controversy to this day. However, just five years earlier an eerily similar incident occurred. Korean Air Lines flight 902 was a scheduled operation…