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    The coffin of the South Korean passenger killed when Soviet jets shot up a Korean Boeing 707 airliner which strayed over Arctic Russia arrived home on Monday (24 April).

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    GV: aircraft taxis into Helsinki airport with ambulances standing by (2 shots)

    GV AND CU: passengers emerging from Pan Am aircraft (3 shots)

    SV: man out on crutches.

    CU: spectators

    SV: Injured passenger carried out on stretcher and placed into ambulance

    SV: ambulance moves away.

    SV AND CU: another injured person is carried out to ambulance (4 shots)

    LV: ambulance leaves.

    CU PAN: two coffins on airport trolleys

    Before arriving at Seoul the relief aircraft had dropped Japanese passengers at Tokyo. A doctor who was among the Japanese passengers told how some passengers broke out whiskey to toast Captain Kim after he brought his bullet-riddled plane down smoothly on a frozen lake. In Seoul, Cho Chung-Hoon, the President of Korean Air lines said: "We will have to wait till the return of the Captain and navigator to find out what really happened."

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    Background: The coffin of the South Korean passenger killed when Soviet jets shot up a Korean Boeing 707 airliner which strayed over Arctic Russia arrived home on Monday (24 April). Prime Minister Choi Kyu-Hah led wailing mourners in prayer, during a brief memorial ceremony at Seoul airport. A relief plane also took to Seoul 47 passengers and crew from the ill-fated Korean air lines flight 902 which crash landed on a frozen lake in Russia's Kola Peninsular on Thursday night (20 April). The Boeing's captain, Kim Chang Kuy and Navigator Lee Kun-So, are still being held in the Soviet Union, and as yet no announcement has been made as to how the 707 strayed 1,000 miles (1609 kilometres) from its trans-polar course from Paris to Seoul. The passengers and crew started their long journey back to Seoul on Sunday (23 April), when they were flown from the Soviet Arctic city of Murmansk to the Finnish capital of Helsinki.

    SYNOPSIS: The Pan American Boeing that flew the crew and passengers from Murmansk, arrived in Helsinki early Sunday morning.

    As the passengers streamed off the jet they looked cheerful and relieved at the end of their ordeal. They were met by Finnish government officials, and chiefs of the Korean airline, who had flown from Anchorage, Alaska, in a relief plane to take them on to Tokyo. The Pan American airliner had spent four hours in Murmansk.

    The Korean airliner had been carrying 97 passengers when it crash landed. Two were killed, and altogether 13 were injured. On arrival at Helsinki three of the injured were rushed to hospital.

    It was not clear whether the injured were all hurt during the shooting or during the subsequent crash landing. Passengers reported that after the plane had been hit the captain had said its altitude plunged from 35,000 feet (10,500 metres) to 5,000 feet (1,500 metres). Reports said the captain brought the plane down on a patch of tundra, and it came to a halt in the corner of a lake. In the process the left wing of the aircraft caught some trees and broke off. A British passenger said "We sat there for more than an hour afterwards, not daring to leave the warmth of the plane". The passengers were eventually picked up by a Russian rescue team.

    The two dead were identified as South Korean Pang Tai-Hwan 36, and a 31-year-old Japanese man.

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