DMZ Flashpoints: The 1969 Hijacking Of Korean Airlines YS-11

Thanks to the ROK Drop blog for this excellent piece on the hijacking and Mr Hwang which includes several articles from 1969 and 1970:

August 10, 2015: North Korea has a long history of terrorism with the 1968 Blue House Raid when 31 North Korean operatives tried to assassinate South Korean President Park Chung-hee as the most audacious example.  Once the commandos were detected the ensuing gunfights killed dozens of civilians and soldiers. A year later on December 12, 1969 the North Koreans would conduct a more conventional terrorist act by hijacking a civilian airliner flying from Gangneung to Gimpo carrying 46 passengers and four crew members. Continue reading at the ROK Drop blog.

SK Rejects Talks On Hijacking

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.

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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”

Talks on Hijacking Proposed by NK to SK

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.

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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”

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”

South Korean Airliner 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 “South Korean Airliner 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”