Asiana flight fired on by mistake

Discussion in 'Other Aspects of Aviation Security' started by VH-RMD, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. VH-RMD

    VH-RMD Original Member

    S Korean soldiers fire at passenger jet

    South Korean troops have fired at a passenger jet after mistaking it for a North Korean aircraft, a Marine Corps spokesman said.
    Soldiers manning a guard post on Gyodong Island, off the western coast of South Korea, fired their K-2 rifles towards the plane on Friday, which was descending as it approached Incheon International Airport.
    The incident took place close to the tense border with the North - Gyodong lies only 1.7 kilometres south of the North Korean coast.
    "The firing continued about 10 minutes but the plane was too far off the rifle's range and it did not receive any damage," Yonhap news agency quoted a Marine Corps official as saying.
    "When the plane appeared over Jumun Island, soldiers mistook it as a North Korean military aircraft and fired."
    A Marine Corps spokesman told AFP the report was correct but declined to give further details.
    An aviation controller told AFP that the Asiana flight from China, with 119 people including crew members and passengers on board, was following a normal route.
    - AFP

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