The co-pilot of a South Korean airliner, who heroically helped foil a hijack attempt, was flown critically injured to Seoul yesterday (Sunday).
MV Stretcher being prepared
MV Injured co-pilot taken from helicopter into ambulance and away (3 shots)
MV Injured co-pilot taken from ambulance (3 shots)
SV Injured co-pilot on bed in hospital emergency unit
GV Turbo-prop airliner taxing
GV Control tower, Kimpo airport.
MV Passengers down steps of aircraft
MV Passengers being interviewed by newsmen
CV Passengers on board airport bus
Initials AH/DW/ES.1815 AH/DW/VH/1818
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Background: The co-pilot of a South Korean airliner, who heroically helped foil a hijack attempt, was flown critically injured to Seoul yesterday (Sunday). At the same time, the passengers he helped save from the grenade-wielding hijacker were also flown to the South Korean capital.
The co-pilot, Myung-Se Chun, was crewing a Fokker Friendship airliner on a domestic flight to Seoul on Saturday when it was seized by a 22-year-old roof tiler. The hijacker, armed with grenades, ordered the pilot to fly to North Korea.
As the aircraft started an emergency landing -- still south of the border -- a steward succeeding in shooting the hijacker. As the 28-year-old co-pilot hurled himself upon the man, two grenades went off. The blast killed the hijacker, blew off co-pilot Chun's arms and injured 15 of the 65 people aboard the airliner -- which the pilot succeeded in landing safely.
Mr Chun was rushed to Seoul by helicopter. But doctors at the University Hospital were unable to save his life. The South Korean government has decided to make him the posthumous award of the Order of National Service First Class, one of the country's highest honours for civilians.
Two South Korean Ministers have offered to resign as a result of this latest hijacking attempt. The police chief at the airliner's departure point, Sokcho Port, has been sacked and three of his men arrested for suspected negligence in making security checks.