Taiwan's Navy Accidentally Launched a Supersonic Missile and Killed Someone

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Taiwanese navy somehow managed to accidentally fire a missile, with the supersonic anti-ship device blasting off from a docked craft, hitting a local fishing boat and killing the captain. The military patrol boat was undergoing an inspection when the Hsiung Feng III missile was fired.

And as horrible as it sounds, it could've been worse. The boat's fury was fired in the direction of China, which doesn't exactly get along with Taiwan at the moment, so there was a small chance World War III could've kicked off while we were asleep again. Fortunately for the world but unfortunately for one fisherman sailing waters off the Taiwan-controlled islands of Penghu, the missile flew for 45 miles or so before crashing into the sea and destroying his boat.

Navy vice-admiral Mei Chia-shu told reporters: "Our initial investigation found that the operation was not done in accordance with normal procedure," which is quite the understatement. [BBC]

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