Incident at WHITEHORSE/ ERIK NIELSEN INTL (CYXY) (Security acts, Diversion)
2001-09-12: KAL 281 and KAL 085, both B747's, were diverted to Whitehorse on flights from Seoul to Anchorage (ANC) because they could not land at ANC due to FAA rules. KAL 085 was a passenger aircraft while KAL 281 was a cargo aircraft. Whitehorse Tower was informed from 21 Squadron that KAL 085 was in hijack status, and that 2 CF-18's were being scrambled from Inuvik to intercept it. Whitehorse Tower received the inbound estimates from Edmonton ACC, and was told that both aircraft had shortage of fuel problems. There was no mention of a hijacking. The RCMP were notified of the hijack status by North Bay IFSS. KAL 281 landed at 1840Z and KAL 085 landed at 1851Z. The RCMP instructed the ATC staff where to park both aircraft. The CF-18's remained orbiting the airport for the next hour. At 2200Z, the RCMP advised that both of the aircraft were cleared from any threat. Apparent language problems made communication difficult and contributed to the impression that there might have been a hijacking in progress.
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