Soviets claim Korean jet worked with spy satellite
Moscow — The Soviet Union said Monday the South Korean airliner shot down by a Soviet fighter Sept. 1 had been working in close cooperation with an American spy satellite.
The official Soviet news agency Tass said the Boeing 747 deliberately delayed takeoff from Anchorage on the Pacific leg of its journey to Seoul to ''strictly synchronize the approach of the plane to Kamchatka and Sakhalin with the flight of the American intelligence satellite Ferret-D.'' The White House rejected the charges.
In Japan, officials said a US ''antisubmarine'' surveillance plane overflew the Japan Sea to monitor an intensifying Soviet quest for the wreckage - and especially the flight recorder - of the downed Korean airliner, Japanese officials said. In all, some 35 Soviet, US, Japanese, and South Korean vessels were searching for wreckage.