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Atrocity In the Skies: KAL Flight 007 Shot Down by the Soviets - TIME

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Atrocity In the Skies: KAL Flight 007 Shot Down by the Soviets

By Ed Magnuson and William R.Doerner Monday, Sept. 12, 1983 Subscriber content preview. or Log-In

The Soviets shoot down a civilian airliner

The electronic bleeps and snatches of recorded radio communications told a story that technicians and intelligence officers, working in Tokyo, at first could not believe. But as they sifted and sorted through the millions of bits of data that are automatically collected and stored by computers, the chilling conclusion became more and more inescapable, and they notified Washington. Finally, at 7:10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, Presidential Counsellor Edwin Meese put in an urgent call to Ronald Reagan, who was vacationing at his ranch in the...

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