When Korean Airlines flight 007 disappears without a trace during the height of the Cold War, American intelligence points to Soviet interference, and political tensions rise.
In 1983, a downed passenger jet escalates tensions between two superpowers, the US and the USSR, to an all-time high. The plane in question: Korean Airlines Flight 007, en route from New York to Seoul. After being shot down by a Soviet fighter jet, an anxious investigation ensues, one mired in secrecy and deception. Would this disaster be the Cold War's version of the Lusitania, or were the Soviets justified in their attack? It's a race against time to find answers before this crash leads to an all-out war.
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