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South Korean Jet Fires Missile

January 29, 2001

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ A South Korean air force fighter jet accidentally fired a missile that landed in waters off the southwestern coast Monday.

There were no reports of casualties, said 2nd Lt. Yoon Won-jae, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry.

The U.S.-built F-5E Tiger II fighter jet was on routine training when it accidentally fired an American-made Sidewinder heat-seeking air-to-air missile, he said. The missile was released from the left wing just after the jet took off from the U.S. air base in Kunsan, 110 miles south of Seoul, Yoon said.

The U.S. military was not involved in the accident, he said. About 37,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea.

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