February 15, 1970: North Korea, giving less than 20 minutes notification, allowed 31 of the 50 people on board the Korean Airlines plane diverted just over two months ago to walk home through a Panmujon checkpoint Saturday.
The passengers were reported “happy” by UNC spokesperson and reporters at Freedom Bridge, near the truce village. After identification, the passengers were given coffee, milk, cigarettes, and fresh clothes sent by their families. Continue reading “NK Frees 39 on Plane”
February 14, 1970, Freedom Bridge, Korea: North Korea today freed 39 of the 51 persons who were aboard a South Korean airliner hijacked to North Korea last Dec. 11. The plane’s crew and two stewardesses were among those not released.
The (North) Korean Central News Agency broadcast the announcement of the release only a few hours before they were brought to the line of demarcation separating North and South Korea. Continue reading “North Korea Releases 39 Held for 65 Days”
January 27, 1970: The United Nations command and spokesmen for North Korea today exchanged charges of armistice violations but did not discuss the Dec. 11 hijacking of a South Korean airliner to the North.
December 26, 1969: South Korea rejected North Korea’s proposal today for a meeting of nonpolitical organisations from the two countries to discuss the return of passengers aboard a hijacked South Korean airliner.
Information minister Shin Bum-shik said the North Koreans would be making “a great mistake” if they tried to use the innocent civilians as hostages. Continue reading “SK Rejects Talks On Hijacking”
December 23, 1969: North Korea offered today to negotiate with South Korean representatives for the return of passengers from a hijacked airliner, according to the North Korean press agency.
A Korean Airlines YS-11 turboprop plane was hijacked to North Korea on Dec. 11 with 47 passengers and four crewmen aboard shortly after it took off from Kangnung to Seoul, South Korea. Continue reading “Talks on Hijacking Proposed by NK to SK”
December 15, 1969: Thousands of Seoulites jammed Changchung Park here in bone-chilling cold Saturday chanting anti-Communist slogans and carrying anti-Communist placards in a protest rally over the hijacking to North Korea Thursday of a KAL airliner with 51 persons aboard.
Deputy Seoul Mayor Kim Chong-o told the huge crowd: “We must unite in our efforts to get the kidnapped citizens freed.” Continue reading “Seoul Rally Hits Plane Hijacking”
December 14, 1969: North Korea’s official news agency said early Saturday that the Korean commercial airliner flown into North Korea Thursday was taken there by its two pilots who elected to defect. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) identified the two pilots as Yu Byong-ha and Choe Sok-man.
A top ROK police official, however, said he believed North Korean agents were responsible for the hijacking. Continue reading “NK Says Pilots Hijacked Airliner”
December 13, 1969: Radio Pyongyang indicated today the hijacking of a South Korean airliner to North Korea Thursday was the work of the two pilots who were asking political asylum.
The broadcast from the North Korean capital was monitored in Tokyo by the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation (NTK). It did not indicate the fate of the remainder of the 51 persons aboard the plane. Continue reading “Reds Claim Hijack Pilots Want Asylum”
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. Continue reading “SK Airliner is Hijacked”
December 11, 1969: Hijackers seized a Korean Airlines plane bound for Seoul with 51 persons abooard today and forced it to North Korea, airline officials said.
No details of the hijack were available. North Korea issued no report of the plane landing in its territory. Continue reading “Airliner To Seoul Hijacked To North”