19 Jun '11, 4am

South Korean marines fire on civilian jet after mistaking it for North Korean military plane

SEOUL - South Korean marines fired rifles at a civilian jetliner making its descent to land, after mistaking it for a North Korean military aircraft, the airline said yesterday. The Asiana Airlines flight carrying 119 people from the Chinese city of Chengdu was undamaged in the incident around dawn on Friday, the airline said. No one on board was hurt or aware of the shooting, and the South Korean Marine Corps informed the airline of it later in the day, it said. The incident highlights how persistent tensions between the two Koreas create the chance of dangerous miscalculation. The Korean peninsula has remained in a technical state of conflict since the Korean War ended in a truce in 1953 and a peace treaty has never been signed. "The Marine Corps did fire, but they misidentified the plane," Asiana spokesman Jason Kim said. "The plane did not suffer any damage and it land...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110619-0000217/S-Kore...

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