Twenty years ago, on Thursday, Sept. 1, 1983, Georgia Congressman Larry McDonald suffered a horrible death when a Soviet fighter interceptor shot down the Boeing 747 airliner he was aboard over the Sea of Japan. The 268 other persons on the plane also perished. The airliner, Korean Air Lines 007, on its way to Seoul, South Korea, had twice entered Soviet airspace and was downed as it was about to leave Soviet airspace for the second time.
Wilkes, Donald E. Jr., "The Death Flight of Larry McDonald" (2003). Popular Media. 49.