PEKING — A hijacked Soviet passenger plane landed with about 50 people aboard in a remote part of northeastern China near the Soviet border, sources said Tuesday.
An airport employee in the city of Hailar, 70 miles from the Sino-Soviet border, said the Soviet aircraft landed there Saturday and "has already left" for an unknown destination.
He said he did not know what type of aircraft it was nor when the plane left. He referred callers to the Qiqihar airport, 250 miles to the southeast in neighboring Heilongjiang province.
"Concerning this Soviet plane incident, it is a secret," said an official at the Qiqihar airport. "It is impossible to tell you about it."