Newspaper article China Post

Missile Misfire Kills 1 and Injures 3

Newspaper article China Post

Missile Misfire Kills 1 and Injures 3

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's military on Friday apologized after the Navy accidentally fired a supersonic anti-ship missile during a drill Friday morning that struck a Taiwanese fishing vessel in the waters off Penghu, killing one and injuring three.

Punishments were administered to seven Navy personnel responsible for the accident, a military official added. Navy Command Headquarters Commander Adm. Huang Shu-kuang ([...]) also said he will take responsibility and face punishment over the incident.

Speaking during an emergency press conference at the Defense Ministry in Taipei, military spokesman Chen Chung-chi ([...]) issued sincere apology over the "unfortunate accident" that caused the death of a skipper surnamed Huang ([...]) while aboard the Kaohsiung-registered vessel Hsiang Li Sheng ([...]).

Another three injured individuals were sent to the hospital in Tainan. They suffered relatively minor injuries and were all discharged from the hospital after medical treatment, Chen noted.

According to Navy Command Headquarters Chief of Staff Vice Adm. Mei Chia-shu ([...]), the Hsiung Feng III supersonic missile was responsible for the tragedy, which was found to have struck the fishing vessel, according to initial investigations.

The missile itself did not explode at the time of impact, however, and the military is still searching for its whereabouts. It is believed that the missile sunk into the sea.

Mei said the missile was accidentally fired around 8:15 a.m. from a 500-ton Chin Chiang (PGG-610) patrol vessel during a drill. The ship was inside the Zuoying naval base when the incident occurred.

The missile landed in waters off Penghu two minutes later.

The Navy originally claimed that the incident caused no injuries until Coast Guard Administration vessels found the Hsiang Li Sheng half sunk near the missile's landing site around 10 a.m.

"The missile was mistakenly fired due to personnel failing to follow standard procedures," Mei noted.

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Meanwhile, at a separate press conference held at Zuoying Naval base in Kaohsiung at 7:30 p.m., Rear Adm. …

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