Explaining the Inexplicable

What is known and unknown about the Soviet jet attack

Somewhere in the Sea of Japan, just off Sakhalin island, is a "black box"—its actual color is orange—from Korean Air Lines Flight 007. The flight data inside would probably answer some of the questions about how and why the wayward aircraft met its fate. The waterproof container is heavily reinforced to survive impact and ocean depths down to 20,000 ft. For 30 days it will automatically emit a sonar signal that can be heard for up to five miles under water. Many of these boxes...

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