North Korea hands over British pilot's remains

May 4, 2011
British Ambassador to North Korea Peter Hughes holds a case containing the remains thought to be of a British pilot shot down during the Korean War, at a brief ceremony with North Korean military officers and U.N. Military Armistice Commission representatives at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea, Wednesday May 4, 2011. North Korea handed back the remains to British representatives at Panmunjom. (AP Photo/APTN)
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British Ambassador to North Korea Peter Hughes holds a case containing the remains thought to be of a British pilot shot down during the Korean War, at a brief ceremony with North Korean military officers and U.N. Military Armistice Commission representatives at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea, Wednesday May 4, 2011. North Korea handed back the remains to British representatives at Panmunjom.

North Korea said Wednesday it has handed over the remains of a British pilot shot down during the Korean War.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency said the remains of Desmond Fredrick William Hinton were given to British officials at the village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone.

Associated Press Television News showed footage of North Korean army officers passing the remains to U.N. and British officials.

The British embassy in Seoul said the remains will be sent to a U.S. facility for forensic testing.

Britain said it cannot discuss the identity of the pilot until that testing takes place.

North Korea said Britain asked in 2002 for Hinton's remains to be unearthed at the request of his family. Hinton was shot down in 1952 while on a bombing run targeting railway infrastructure.