Fate of Abducted Korean Airlines Passengers Still Unclear

July 5, 2010: As the second reunion of separated families during the Korea War, only Seong Kyeong-hee, who was a KAL flight attendant at that time, was verified as alive among eleven KAL passengers abducted in 1969.

It is not clear whether eleven of the abducted South Koreans are still alive, but in 1992, North Korean spy Oh Gil-nam, who had studied abroad in Germany, claimed that they were still alive and did broadcast propaganda to South Korea. He insisted that Jeong Kyeong-sook, Seong Kyeong-hee, and two other males and females were veteran workers in broadcasting to the South entitled “voice of saving the country.”

Continuing to argue that the two male workers were Won Hwang and Kim Bong-ju, he also claimed that he heard from his daughter that Yu Byeong-ha and Choi Seok-man, the KAL captain and first officer at that time, were working for North Korea’s air force. Continue reading at Open Radio for North Korea.

Hwang In-cheol Presents Petition to UNHRC Working Group

July 5, 2010: Hwang In-cheol, a representative of the Families of KAL Passengers Abducted to North Korea, presented a petition to the UN on June 17 in order to find out whether his father Won Hwang detained in North Korea was still alive and could be repatriated. …

In 2001, Seong Kyeong-hee, one of the flight attendants, attended the second reunion of separated families during the Korean War. She told her mom that Yu Byeong-ha and Choi Seok-man were still alive. In addition, Seong told her family that she and Jeong Kyeong-suk, who was also a flight attendant, were living in the same town.

Nevertheless, the North Korean government claimed a few days later that Jeong’s fate was unknown. Thus, except for these three people, Seong, Yu, and Choi, it is not known whether the other abducted South Koreans are still alive. Continue reading at Open Radio for North Korea.

Why Did NK Hijack KAL Flight in Broad Daylight?

July 5, 2010: On December 11, 1969, North Korea’s resident agent, Cho Chang-hee, hijacked the Korean Airline Flight YS-11. Fifty-one Passengers including the agent were on board. Aircraft hijacking had already occurred once in 1958 when the Korean National Airline (KNA), former Korean Airline, Chang-rang was hijacked by a North Korean agent.

The following year, January 23, 1971, another aircraft hijacking was attempted by North Korea. The North Korean agent was shot during the attempt to hijack the Korean Airline Flight F-27, and the pilot was killed by a hand grenade thrown by the agent.

North Korea repeatedly attempted aircraft hijacking. What would be the purpose and the background? Continue reading at Open Radio for North Korea.