Seoul Rally Hits Plane Hijacking

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”

NK Says Pilots Hijacked Airliner

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”

Reds Claim Hijack Pilots Want Asylum

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.

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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”

SK Airliner is Hijacked

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.”

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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”

Airliner To Seoul Hijacked To North

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”