North Korea drone detected in South Korea's airspace - fighter plane on intercept course crashes
Created: 12/26/2022, 1:24 p.m
Military policemen cover the wreckage of a South Korean KA-1 light attack aircraft with blue plastic sheeting.
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After five years, there was another incident at the border between North and South Korea.
A fighter jet crashed after drones entered South Korea.
According to military reports, suspected drones from North Korea have illegally entered South Korean airspace.
South Korea's military detected several unmanned aerial vehicles in the border region on Monday morning (local time) and initially responded with loudspeaker announcements and warning shots, the general staff in Seoul said.
The Air Force later used planes and helicopters to track and shoot down the aircraft.
Drone incident in South Korea: First border incident in five years
The top command assumed that these were small drones from the neighboring country that had flown over the military demarcation line.
It was an "obvious provocation," it said.
It was initially not known whether the drones were shot down.
It is the first time since 2017 that a border incident of this kind has become known.
At that time, South Korea's military had seized a suspected spy drone near the heavily fortified border with North Korea after it crashed.
The aircraft is said to have been programmed for a return flight to North Korea.
South Korea Drone Incident: Defending Jet Crashes
In addition, a South Korean KA-1 light fighter jet crashed shortly after taking off from its base in Wonju in the east of the country when it was being used to counter drones, a Defense Ministry official said, as reported by the
The latest incident came at a time of growing uncertainty in the region.
North Korea has already tested nuclear-capable missiles several times this year, thereby violating UN resolutions.
Because of its nuclear weapons program, Pyongyang is subject to tough international sanctions.
South Korea and the United States have resumed their full-scale joint military exercises this year, which are primarily intended to deter North Korea.