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The World

May 16, 1985

A Soviet aircraft disappeared from Japanese military radar while flying over the Sea of Japan near the Soviet Union's territorial waters, a Japan Defense Agency official said. It was not know whether the aircraft was military or civilian or whether it had crashed, he added. Soviet fighter planes downed a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 on Sept. 1, 1983 off the Soviet island of Sakhalin, also in the Sea of Japan, taking 269 lives.

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