South Korea scrambled warplanes and assault helicopters and fired warning pictures on Monday after North Korean drones violated its airspace, the South Korean navy mentioned.
South Korea tracked the drones crossing from North Korea over what is named the Army Demarcation Line between the 2 international locations after detecting them within the skies of the western metropolis of Gimpo at round 10:25 am, the navy mentioned.
Whereas scrambling to counter the drones, a South Korean KA-1 gentle assault plane crashed shortly after departing its Wonju base within the nation’s east, a protection ministry official mentioned. Its two pilots had been in a position to escape earlier than the crash and are actually within the hospital.
South Korea’s transport ministry mentioned earlier that flights departing from its Incheon and Gimpo airports had been suspended following a request from the navy.
The suspension started at 1:08 p.m. at Gimpo and at 1:22 pm at Incheon and lasted for about an hour earlier than flight departures resumed at round 2:10 pm, a ministry official informed Reuters.