By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The death of a fishing captain and the injuries to three members of his crew were the result of the accidental firing of a Navy missile, the Ministry of National Defense said Friday.
During the morning, a Chinchiang-class corvette at a Navy harbor near Kaohsiung fired a supersonic Hsiung Feng III missile which landed in the Taiwan Strait near Penghu. The cause for the incident was described as an isolated case of human error.
However, after initial reports that an explosion on board of a fishing trawler had been heard around the same time, an investigation was conducted into any links between the two incidents.
At a news conference during the afternoon, the Ministry of National Defense acknowledged that the missile had gone right through the Hsiang Li Sheng fishing trawler, killing its captain, Huang Wen-chung, and injuring three crew members. The three had already left the hospital in Tainan, reports said. [FULL STORY]