Video: '1987, the North Korean Spy who blew up a plane, Korean Air Flight 858'
(Sunday, November 29, 1987, 2:05 p.m. KST) — Korean Air Flight 858, a scheduled international passenger flight between Baghdad, Iraq, and Seoul, South Korea, exploded in mid-air today upon the detonation of a bomb planted inside an overhead storage bin in the airplane’s passenger cabin by North Korean agents.
The two agents, acting upon orders from the North Korean government, planted the device before disembarking from the aircraft during the first stop-over in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
While the aircraft was flying over the Andaman Sea to its second stop-over in Bangkok, Thailand, the bomb detonated and destroyed the Korean Air Boeing 707-3B5C.
Everyone on board the aircraft, 104 passengers and 11 crew members, most of whom were South Koreans, perished.