"They [KAL 007] quickly lowered their speed.  They were flying at 400 kilometers per hour.  My speed was more than 400.  I was simply unable to fly slower.  In my opinion, the intruder's intentions were plain.  If I did not want to go into a stall, I would be forced to overshoot them.  That's exactly what happened.  We had already flown over the island [Sakhalin].  It is narrow at that point, the target was about to get away." -- Gennadie Osipovich, "Izvestiya" newspaper, 1991

 

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