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Hijacking description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:Saturday 18 May 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-281
Operator:Korean Air Lines - KAL
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 110
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 118
Airplane damage: None
Location:Gwangju (Kwangju) Airport (KWJ) (   South Korea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Seoul-Gimpo (Kimpo) International Airport (SEL/RKSS), South Korea
Destination airport:Jeju (Cheju) International Airport (CJU/RKPC), South Korea
Narrative:
A South Korean ex-convict demanding to be taken to North Korea was overpowered by security officers and passengers aboard a Korean Airlines (KAL) Boeing 727 aircraft carrying 110 passengers and 8 crew members. The aircraft was on a domestic flight from Seoul to Cheju Island in South Korea when 20 minutes after takeoff, the hijacker announced that he had planted a bomb aboard the aircraft and made his demands known. After the hijacker was overpowered, the aircraft diverted to Kwangju, South Korea, Where the hijacker was arrested by South Korean authorities. Officials found no evidence of an explosive device on the aircraft. No casualties were reported.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

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Distance from Seoul-Gimpo (Kimpo) International Airport to Jeju (Cheju) International Airport as the crow flies is 448 km (280 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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