20 Jun '11, 7am

S. Korea military apologises for firing at Airbus

S. Korea military apologises for firing at Airbus

SEOUL: South Korea's military apologised to the country Monday for an incident in which two Marines fired at a civilian airliner after mistaking it for a North Korean warplane. But it reiterated that the pair will not face punishment for the pre-dawn firing last Friday. "The military sincerely apologises to our people for causing worries over the incident," said Colonel Lee Bung-woo, a spokesman at the Joint Chiefs of Staff. But Lee, quoted by Yonhap news agency, said the Marines will not be reprimanded since they acted in line with rules of engagement. Instead, the military would strengthen training for soldiers at frontline guard posts so they can distinguish civilian and military aircraft. With cross-border tensions high, the Marines guarding an island near the Yellow Sea border fired their K-2 rifles at an Asiana Airlines Airbus A321 flying in fog over the sea. The pla...

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