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Cambodia – Troops fire on Bangkok Airways plane (See photo)

Via: The Australian

CAMBODIAN troops have fired shots at a passenger aircraft flying near the country’s disputed border with Thailand, believing it to be a spy plane (See photo).

“The Cambodian military fired because there was a Thai passenger plane – Bangkok Airways (See photo) – which could not land at Siem Reap airport because of bad weather,” said Thai deputy army spokesman Colonel Sirichan Ngathong.

“It was misunderstood by Cambodia to be spy plane (See photo),” he said, adding that no one was hurt in the incident near the northern Cambodian tourist destination of Siem Reap.

Cambodian military at the border – the site of deadly territorial clashes between the neighbouring countries last year – confirmed troops had opened fire at an aircraft.

“It was dark (See photo) so we could not see what type of plane it was. But it was circling many times and then our soldiers fired 18 shots from a machine gun, but it missed the plane because it was flying very high (See photo),” Commander Seng Phearin said.

“I think a passenger plane (See photo) would not fly around the border. We suspected it was a spy plane (See photo), so we fired to defend our airspace,” he said.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/troops-fire-on-bangkok-airways-plane/story-fn3dxix6-1226424925033

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