KAL 007: A short summary of evidences
A SHORT SUMMARY
of the Evidences for the Survival and Abduction of KAL 007 Passengers and Crew
Most of life presents us a with complex set of circumstances and complicated relation of events to unravel and understand. Often, summaries of various kinds help us in grasping and remembering. The same is true in the matter of KAL 007.
A. What has been a puzzlement from the start - contrary to every other known passenger plane explosion in air/crash at sea, KAL 007's "site" produced no bodies on the surface of the sea, nor any luggage. The following can be said about bodies under the sea - very soon after the event, no later than Sept. 15, the date of the 1st Soviet civilian dive (Svestapol group - and according to them the military divers were operating even before the 15th!), the following news came concerning human finds - 1 partial torso, 1 hand and "no more than" 10 other fragments (possibly from the same person) - no other human remains! The Soviet civilian divers who had visited the sunken plane expressed amazement, in their interviews for Izvestia, that there were no bodies found in the wreckage. Theories of crab consummation do not hold as an explanation for the missing bodies. Crustaceans, on expert testimony, do not eat bones. Where, then, are the bones if the flesh had been eaten? No bodies above on the surface of the sea and no bodies below. Where, then, are the bodies? (We might add "where is the luggage?" Crabs, indisputably, do not eat luggage!) Eight days later and 200 miles away 13 small body parts, all unidentifiable, wash up on Japanese shores of Hokkaido. That could have been due to the water landing itself or it could have been due to a plant by the Soviets.
Concerning the likelihood of a Russian plant -
The Russian Federation (Russian Federation's Archives of Recent History) has recently (Sept. 1, 2003) admitted in an article by its Deputy Director to the Soviet's carrying out of a deception as to location of plane in effort to deceive US and Japanese forces who had begun to search for the downed airliner. This deception was known before and we have published the text from documents, originally disclosed by Boris Yeltsin, in his "spring thaw" of 1992. Particularly of note, is the one of five Top Secret documents dated November 1983, in which V. Chebrikov, head of KGB and Defense Minister Dmitri Ustinov, inform Yuri Andropov, Soviet Premier, of the Soviet naval force's continuing deception of the US and Japanese Search and Rescue operation, and of the already secretly recovered (by the Soviets) Black Box. The washed up body parts are, then, most certainly, in the framework of, and during the height of, the now admitted and successful Soviet ruse.
B. From the beginning, it was strange that it took KAL 007 at least 12 minutes to reach the water when a passenger plane at that altitude (thought originally to be at 35,000 ft. but know known to be even higher - at 38,250 ft), should have hit water at 2 - 2 1/2 minutes. The mystery of the disparity in time was solved by the handover by the Russian Federation of the Black Box and the real time Russian military communications of the shootdown. KAL 007 had not "plunged" down after the attack. It had gradually descended for 4 minutes after the attack and then leveled off at 16,424 feet (18;30-31 GMT), and at this altitude continued its post-attack flight for almost 5 minutes (18:35 GMT), and only then continue a descent in spirals until being tracked at 1,000 feet above sea level and 2.6 miles from Moneron Island.
Gen. Kornukov (18:32): Tell the 23 [MiG]... afterburner. Open fire, destroy the target, then land at home base, Lt. Col. Gerasimenko (acting commander, 41st Fighter Regiment, viewing radar): Roger, Kornukov: Altitude... What is the altitude of our fighter and the altitude of the target? Quickly. The altitude of the target and the altitude of the fighter! ...Why don't you say anything? Gerasimenko!, Gerasimenko (18:33): Gerasimenko. Altitude of target is 5,000, Kornukov: 5,000 already?, Gerasimenko (18:34): Affirmative, turning left, right, apparently it is descending.
"The last plotted radar position of the target was 18:35 hours at 5,000 meters." (ICAO 1993, pg. 53, para. 2.15.8)
In addition, radar trackings (composite Russian and Japanese) show a descent that was decreasing in rate - all hardly a scenario of a plane out of control! Now with the recovered tapes from the Cockpit Voice Recorder, we can hear just how much in control Capt Chun and his Co pilot actually were after the initial few seconds. It's all there - Attack on KAL 007: From Inside We can also see how KAL 007 leveled out almost exactly at pre-detonation altitude after an 8-second pull-up and the beginning of a gradual (and decreasing rate of speed) descent - until the 104 second tape ends (thanks to the Soviets!)
Where the tape ends, the story does not.
C. KAL 007 leveled off at 5,000 meters (16,424 ft.) and flew at a steady rate and altitude for almost 5 minutes, 1830 or 1831 GMT until 1835 GMT - totally destroying the assumption (that's all it was) that KAL 007 was out of control. This level flight is verified by radar tracking handed over to ICAO, and by the conversations of General Kornukov (Commander of Sokol Air Base on Sackalin) with his subordinates during their viewing KAL 007's flight on radar (appended to the 1993 report and hardly commented on both in and out of report, but available to the public). It is now known, (again ICAO based conclusions from the DFDR analysis) that KAL 007 Captain Chun was breathing well (Cockpit Voice Recorder show Chun's post-detonation message muffled due to his placing on of oxygen mask). This was already prior to descent. Furthermore, the electrical system was operating and all 4 engines were operating well (CVR - Co-pilot reporting "normal" functioning of the engines to Captain twice - as well as the DFDR) and the other key parameters operable and operating. In short, there is no reason to assume a plane out of control. We might add that passengers are also shown to have been breathing well. CVR tape analysis indicates that passenger cabin oxygen masks had already deployed prior to termination of the 1 minute of unassisted breathing that the experts say the passengers would have, given the size of passenger cabin rupture cause by the missile detonation. The total combined area of rupture caused by fragmentation (the missile was designed to detonate 50 meters from the aircraft sending fragments into the fuselage) was only 1 and 3/4 sq. ft.! This was calculated by ICAO analysts by the amount of time (11 seconds) it took the air to rush out of the cabin before the warning alarm was sounded (picked up by the CVR).
D. The plane was navigated well as well as being navigable. When KAL 007 had begun its descent in wide spirals (reported to General Kornukov by Lt. Col. Gerasimenko while watching his radar screen - see Escape) it was over the only piece of land that it would have been possible to provide rescue and haven in the whole Tatar Straits - from the Siberian mainland to the east, Japanese Rebun Island 53 miles to the south, and Sakhalin Island 24–25 miles to the east - Moneron Island. The Russians had located KAL 007 at this tiny sliver of land only 4 1/2 miles at its greatest extent (north/south). Any search mission would, thus, be a rescue mission!
E. And there were 3 documented missions. The first is the testimony of a Soviet Seaman Specialist who tells that his ship was sent to the "anticipated" location . That is, this mission was ordered even before KAL 007 came down on the waters! The other two rescue missions are well documented and also appended to the 1993 ICAO report. These missions reports contain the logistics as well as the equipment and personnel to be employed, The first was ordered by Lt. Col. Novoseletski, Acting Commander of Smirnykh Air Base Fighter Division, at 1847 GMT, just 9 minutes after KAL 007 reached 1,000 feet above sea level and involved helicopters (sent from Khomutovo - civilian-military air base at Yuzhno Sakhalinsk city in southern Sakhalinsk) and Border Patrol and KGB patrol boats. (Novoalexandrovska, just north of Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, is mentioned as well.) The second was ordered by General Strogov (Gen. Kornukov's superior as Deputy Commander of the Far East Military District) at 1854 GMT, just 17 minutes after 007 reached 1,000 feet above sea level and involved KGB patrol boats and, in addition, the civilian trawlers that were already on the scene at "Moneron".
Much more can be said that is in the sources - which are just now, and rapidly, becoming known, and there is a recent change in official Russian attitudes toward disclosure. This includes General Kamenski's recent statement on the mystery of the missing bodies. Gen. Kamenski was Gen. Kornukov's immediate superior as Commander of the Far East Military District Air Force and was the one who had ordered Kornukov to shoot down 007 even if over international waters! After the break up of the Soviet Union, Kamenski became head of the Ukrainian Defence Forces. It was on his watch that the SiberAir Tupolev 154 Flt. 1812, traveling from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk, with 78 passengers and crew was recently shot down over the Black Sea.
There is also much credible evidence concerning what has happened after the rescue and abduction of KAL 007 passengers and crew, but that will require its own Summary.
Note: There are startling legal implications to this new evidence that may re-open litigation - KAL 007 was impacted by the detonated missile while it was over international waters (thus bringing into legal application the damages-limiting "Death on the High Seas Act") but KAL 007's set down was clearly within the three mile Soviet Territorial waters demarcation (thus allowing for greatly increased awards)!
- Korean Airlines Flight 007
- Moneron Island
- The Soviet/ U.S naval confrontation
- Valeri Kamensky
- Anatoly Kornukov
- KAL 007 and the Soviet Top Secret Memos
- KAL 007: Soviet stalk, shoot down, and rescue mission orders transcripts