South Korea. North Korean drones violated airspace. Warning shots fired, departures suspended
South Korea scrambled fighter jets and attack helicopters and fired warning shots on Monday after North Korean drones violated its airspace, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. Earlier, departures were suspended at Incheon and Gimpo airports in South Korea at the request of the military. After an hour, traffic resumed.
The Korean War of 1950-53 ended only in a truce. No peace agreement has been concluded so far. Therefore, the Korean states are formally at war, and the demarcation line separating them is one of the most heavily fortified areas in the world. The drones, detected by the South Korean military, flew over the line from North Korea on Monday. It happened around 10:25 local time (2:25 in Poland).
There was an accident during the intervention of South Korean forces. A KA-1 light attack aircraft crashed shortly after leaving Wonju base in the east of the country, a defense ministry official in Seoul said. The two pilots managed to eject and are in the hospital, he added.
Suspended air traffic
Before the information about the violation of South Korean airspace by the unmanned aerial vehicle appeared, the South Korean transport ministry announced the temporary suspension of departures from the country’s two main airports.
Flights were suspended at 13:08 local time (5 a.m. in Poland) in Gimpo and 13:22 in Incheon. After about an hour, at 14.10, traffic at both airports was resumed.
Seoul Incheon Airport is South Korea’s main international airport, located on an island near the city of Incheon, about 50 kilometers from Seoul. It is currently the largest airport in the country and one of the busiest hubs in Asia.
Formerly South Korea’s international airport, Gimpo Airport now serves mainly domestic flights.
Both airports are connected by a special highway.
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