Twenty-nine years ago, on September 1, 1983, Korean Air Lines Flight 007 (KAL 007) was shot down by the Soviet Union carrying 269 innocent passengers. Among them were 61 Americans including a sitting U.S. Congressman, Democrat Rep. Larry McDonald of Georgia. It was widely reported, and much of the world believes, that everyone on board was killed. But family members of the victims, activists, and experts who spent years researching the matter are convinced that many survived and are still alive somewhere in Russia. Now, they want a new official investigation.
Retired firefighter Jim Morse, a citizen activist in his sixties who lives in Massachusetts, recently started a petition asking President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to launch a new inquiry into the matter. Like many of the victims’ families and researchers who have studied the evidence, Morse thinks there is a very real possibility that at least some of the passengers — if not most — survived the attack. Many may still be alive.
“I believe the plane made a water landing and there were survivors based on the evidence, some of which was held by the former Soviet Union for up to nine years such as, the jet made a 12 minute spiral descent, no bodies were ever found and no luggage was ever recovered,” he told The New American. “I would like to ask anyone reading this story to take a minute and sign my petition and spread the word to all your friends and family.”
Because only Congress or the president can initiate a proper investigation and the fact that it is a federal election year, Morse said he would be “surprised and delighted” if any official action were to be taken in the near term. He has already been busy sending the petition and his concerns to Obama and other elected officials.
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Photo: Artist's rendition of HL7442, the Boeing 747 lost during KAL Flight 007