Family of Hijacked Plane Passenger Seek Permission to Visit NK

February 15, 2014: Family members of passengers and crew on Korean Air Lines flight KAL YS-11, which was hijacked and taken to North Korea in 1969, asked the Unification Ministry on Feb. 14 for permission to visit North Korea to find out for themselves whether the kidnapped passengers are dead or alive.


“February 14 was the day when some of the passengers on the hijacked plane came back, but 11 people, including my father Hwang Won, have still not returned even after 40 years,” said Hwang In-cheol, chairperson of the KAL YS-11 Families Committee. “Aside from one flight attendant who attended the divided family reunions in 2001, we do not know whether the other 10 people are still alive.” Continue reading at The Hankyoreh.