18 Jun '11, 3am

S.Korean troops fired at Asiana jet after mistaking it for a N.Korean aircraft as it approached Incheon Airport

SEOUL - SOUTH Korean troops fired at a passenger jet after mistaking it for a North Korean aircraft, a Marine Corps spokesman said on Saturday. Soldiers manning a guard post on Gyodong island off the western coast of South Korea on Friday fired their K-2 rifles towards the plane, which was descending as it approached Incheon International Airport. The incident took place close to the tense border with the North - Gyodong lies only 1.7km 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 controll...

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