From the Monitor's archives: Shootdown of Korean Air Flight KAL007

Some of the Monitor's coverage of the 1983 destruction of Korean Air Flight KAL007 by a Soviet fighter jet.

By , Staff writer

Maxim Zmeyev

The destruction of Korean Air Lines Flight KAL007 by a Soviet fighter jet off the coast of Sakhalin Island on Sept. 1 1983 nearly triggered an international crisis, much as the disputed destruction of Malaysia Air Flight MH17 near the Russia-Ukraine border risks doing today.