(All times are Tokyo time, which is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.)

* Aug. 31, 11 p.m.--Korean Air Lines Flight 007 from New York departs Anchorage after refueling stop.

* 1 a.m.--Plane is picked up by Soviet radar over Kamchatka Peninsula. It is tracked thereafter by Soviet fighter planes.

* 2:10 a.m.--Message from plane to Tokyo's Narita air traffic control: "We passed safely south of Kamchatka." Course described as normal.

* 3:10 a.m.--Plane crosses southern portion of Sakhalin Island.

* 3:12 a.m.--Soviet pilot reports visual contact with the KAL plane.

* 3:15 a.m.--At 32,000 feet, Flight 007 requests permission to climb to 35,000 feet. Narita control answers: "Please wait for a moment."

* 3:20 a.m.--Narita control: "Acknowledged, rise to 35,000."

* 3:21 a.m.--Soviet pilot reports plane at 33,000 feet.

* 3:23 a.m.--Last comprehensible radio contact between KAL Flight 007 and Narita control: "We have reached 35,000 feet."

* 3:26 a.m.--Soviet pilot reports he has fired a missile and destroyed target.

* 3:27 a.m.--Incomprehensible radio noise from plane to Narita, followed by silence.

* 3:30 a.m.--Plane is reported by radar at 16,500 feet.

* 3:38 a.m.--Plane disappears from radar screens.

* 4:30 a.m.--Soviets order search and rescue mission.

* 8 a.m.--News reports spread that plane is missing.