Surviving passengers from the South Korean airliner, which was forced to crash-land in the Soviet Union, are on their way home.
GV: aircraft on runway being photographed by newsmen. (2 shots)
SV: coffin put into vehicles, as airline crew watch. (3 shots)
SV: vehicle, with coffin aboard, drives off.
SV: injured passenger being helped towards ambulance.
GV: passenger, using crutch, comes down plane steps.
GV ZOOM OUT: other passengers coming down steps.
SV PAN INTERIOR: Passengers in airport lounge surrounded by newsmen.
SV: passengers telling of their ordeal. (4 shots)
CU: women passenger crying.
GV PAN: passengers in airport lounge.
South Korea claims that the Korean Air Lines Boeing 707 strayed into Soviet airspace because of a navigational error during its flight across the North Pole from Paris to Seoul, South Korea. The Boeing has fewer sophisticated navigational aids than later-model aircraft. Korean Air Lines says it will replace all its Boeing 707s on polar flights with Douglas DC-10 aircraft, which have a new generation of navigational aids. The newer DC-10 has a computer system to keep it exactly on course, a system which no 707 aircraft of any airline possesses.
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Background: Surviving passengers from the South Korean airliner, which was forced to crash-land in the Soviet Union, are on their way home. The aircraft which took them out of the Soviet Union landed in Tokyo on Monday (24 April).
SYNOPSIS: All the crashed airliner's passengers, and all but two of the crew, were allowed onto the rescue aircraft, as were the bodies of two people killed in the crash. In all, 110 people were flown out, but the South Korean pilot and navigator are being held for questioning inside the Soviet Union, reportedly in Leningrad. President Park of South Korea has sent a message to the Soviet Union, expressing thanks for the quick release of passengers and crew, and asking for speedy repatriation of the captain and navigator. President Park said it was obvious from reports that the South Korean airliner had gone into Soviet airspace by mistake, and not deliberately. He said the two men should be released immediately on humanitarian grounds.
Passengers told newsmen at Tokyo airport they had seen a Soviet fighter fire a missile at their Korean Air Lines Boeing Seven-oh-seven, forcing it to crash-land on a frozen lake in the Arctic north of the Soviet Union.
The missile is understood to have exploded away from the aircraft and that damage was caused by fragments piercing the aircraft's fuselage. Two of the 97 passengers were killed.