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South Korea Fires at Passenger Plane

An Asiana Airlines lands at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, west of Seoul on June 18, 2011

Officials said Saturday that South Korean troops fired at a passenger plane carrying 119 passengers and crew, thinking it was a North Korean warplane.

Two Marine guards on Gyodong island off the western coast of South Korea fired their K-2 rifles (similar to the M-16) at the ASIANA plane as it descended for landing Friday at Seoul's Incheon airport.

The passenger liner was on a flight from China and was undamaged, because it was out of range of the rifles.

Officials say the firing lasted about 10 minutes, with the guards discharging around 99 shots.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.