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Previous plane shot down near Russia killed U.S. congressman from GA

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The crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine Thursday has some recalling the last time an international airliner was shot down over or near Russia, presumably killing a U.S. congressman from Georgia.

Korean Airlines Flight 007 was downed over the Sea of Japan as it flew from Anchorage, AK to Seoul, South Korea on Sept. 1, 1983. The plane traveled through airspace controlled by the Soviet Union, and Soviet interceptors shot down the Boeing 747, killing all 295 on board. 

The Soviets initially denied responsibility but later claimed the passenger flight was on a spy mission. 

McDonald, a conservative Democrat, was first elected in 1974 to represent Georgia's 7th Congressional District in Atlanta's northwest suburbs. An outspoken anti-communist, McDonald believed powerful U.S. groups were trying to spread socialism and a world government.

The attack heightened cold war tensions between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. and launched numerous conspiracy theories, including that McDonald was assassinated by the Soviets.

In 1998, the Georgia House of Representatives honored McDonald's service by naming a portion of Interstate 75, the Larry McDonald Memorial Highway. 

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