- 30 years ago this weekend, the Soviet Union shocked the world by shooting down a 747 airliner
- Korean Air Lines Flight 007 strayed over Soviet territory; 269 passengers and crew died
- Cold War tensions in 1983 fueled Soviet suspicions the 747 was spying
- The tragedy spurred a movement of victims' family activist groups
(CNN)The idea that Soviet fighter jets would shoot down a Boeing 747 airliner seems shockingly unbelievable. Two-hundred sixty-nine innocent people died in a largely forgotten Cold War attack that took place exactly 30 years ago this weekend.