December 11, 1969: A South Korean airliner with 51 persons aboard was hijacked to North Korea today. The government accused North Korea of “another example of piracy.”
A passenger list issued by Korean Air Lines listed an American “Dr. Kins” aboard the plane. The US Embassy said it was informed his name might be “Dickens,” but a spokesperson said no Americam of either name was registered as a resident of South Korea.
The other 46 passengers and crew four crew members were Koreans.
A spokesperson for South Korea’s foreign ministry said the government had asked the International Red Cross to try to secure the return of the passengers and crew.
The prop-jets YS-11 took off shortly after noon from Kangnung, 100 miles east of Seoul, for a 45-minute flight to the capital. Twenty-five minutes later, the pilot broke off communications with Seoul, and an airline official said radar traced the plane to Wonsan, on the east coast 20 miles north of the demilitarized zone.