SEOUL, South Korea — A mysterious Asian woman suspected of leaving a bomb aboard a Korean Air Lines jet that disappeared near Burma with 115 aboard arrived under tight security in Seoul today, her mouth bandaged by authorities to prevent her from committing suicide.
Arriving on the same flight with the woman, identified on her forged Japanese passport as Mayumi Hachiya, was the body of a male companion who joined her in a double suicide attempt after the two were taken into custody by Bahrain authorities.
The woman and her companion, identified on his false passport as Shinichi Hachiya, had left the aircraft at a stop in Abu Dhabi, and were later detained by immigration officers in nearby Bahrain. They bit cyanide capsules hidden in a pack of cigarettes before questioning began.
KAL Flight 858 was flying Korean workers home from Baghdad, Iraq, when it vanished Nov. 29. The pair left the plane during a stopover in Abu Dhabi before the jet left for a refueling stop in Bangkok. It never arrived in Thailand.