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The KAL 007 Incident as an Event in the Evolution of International Law Open Access

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The issue of violation of national air space by intruding aircraft, in peacetime, has been raised to a new level of consciousness in the world community the the recent destruction of a civilian wide-bodied passenglr airliner by So~iet military aircraft after it had overflown Soviet territorial waters and portions of the Soviet Union Asian land mass. August 31, 1983 at 1400 hours Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) when a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747, Flight 007, departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport for a flight to Seoul, Republic of Korea. It made one scheduled stop at Anchorage, Alaska for refueling and a crew change. It carried 269 passengers and crew for the final flight to Seoul. The passengers represented 14 different nations and included Lawrence P. McDonald, a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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