Saturday, July 9, 2011

South Korean troops mistakenly shoot at passenger jet

South Korean troops mistakenly shoot at passenger jet

Map showing location of Gyodong

    South Korean troops have fired at a passenger jet after mistaking it for a North Korean aircraft.

    Soldiers on Gyodong island, off South Korea's west coast, fired 99 rifle rounds at the Asiana flight, which was out of range and landed undamaged.

    The incident took place early on Friday close to the tense border between the Koreas.

    The airliner, which had 119 people on board, was descending at the time to Seoul's Incheon International Airport.

    The plane had flown from the south-western Chinese city of Chengdu, an aviation controller told AFP news agency.

    Two marine guards fired their K-2 rifles at the civilian flight, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.


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