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Missiles veer off course in Pingtung drill; no casualties reported

ROC Central News Agency

2017/06/22 16:31:31

Taipei, June 22 (CNA) Two MIM-23 Hawk missiles veered off course during a military exercise in the southern Taiwan county of Pingtung Thursday, but there were no reported casualties, according to the Air Force.

The two missiles were fired at around 8 a.m. Thursday as part of an annual precision weapon firing drill conducted jointly by the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Due to fuel combustion problems, the missiles veered off course shortly after being launched and exploded within the restricted area, the Air Force said.

It said the purpose of the drill was to examine the results of training for military troops, and the military will review the errors and make improvements.

(By Lo Kuang-jen and Y.F. Low)
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