Database of terrorist attacks and related events--Johnston's Archive

Korean Air Lines flight 858--29 November 1987

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 26 November 2017

Date: 29 November 1987

Location: Andaman Sea

Type of event: terrorism


A Korean Air Lines Boeing 707 was destroyed in a bombing by two North Korean agents. The two planted a bomb aboard the jet and deplaned in Abu Dhabi. The plane exploded en route to Bangkok at about 11:30 AM while over the Andaman Sea, killing all 115 aboard. The agents were arrested in Bahrain but consumed poison concealed in cigarettes. The male died, but the female survived and later implicated North Korea in plotting the bombing.

Consequences: 115 killed


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