December 5, 1998 |
An antiaircraft missile was launched accidentally over the western city of Inchon, injuring at least three people on the ground. The missile was destroyed automatically by a built-in safety device seconds after it left the launcher, sending a shower of metal fragments over a residential area, officials in Seoul said. Those injured suffered minor cuts on their heads and hands. The South Korean Defense Ministry blamed the firing on an electronic malfunction during a routine training session.