Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov
September 9, 1939
|Died||May 19, 2017 (aged 77)|
|Cause of death||Pneumonia|
|Known for||1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident|
|Service/branch||Soviet Air Defense Forces|
On September 26, 1983, just three weeks after the Soviet military had shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007, Petrov was the duty officer at the command center for the Oko nuclear early-warning system when the system reported that a missile had been launched from the United States, followed by up to five more. Petrov judged the reports to be a false alarm, and his decision is credited with having prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its NATO allies that could have resulted in large-scale nuclear war.
Investigation later confirmed that the Soviet satellite warning system had indeed malfunctioned.
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