North Korea hands over British pilot's remains

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Posted: May 04, 2011 5:58 AM
North Korea hands over British pilot's remains

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.