NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
6th September, 1983 : The Soviet Union admitted tonight that military chiefs ordered a fighter pilot to “stop the flight” of Korean Airlines’ Boeing 747 flight 007. The Kremlin hopes the statement will ease the tension with the West following the missile attack on the aircraft as it flew over Sakhalin Island off Siberia, with the loss of 269 lives last week. The USSR claims the aircraft was on a spy flight over sensitive military installations, but has so far come up with a variety of excuses for blasting it out of the sky.
[Nowadays, the Western media can make up the variety of excuses for shooting an Asian civilian aircraft all by themselves.]