3 charged in fa­tal mis­sile shot

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CHI­NADAILY

Three naval per­son­nel from Tai­wan have been in­dicted for a fa­tal mis­sile mis­fir­ing in­ci­dent last month, the Kaoh­si­ung District Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice said onMon­day.

Naval of­fi­cer Kao Chia-chun was charged with neg­li­gence lead­ing to death and in­juries, as well as dam­ag­ing weaponry.

His su­per­vi­sor Chen Mingh­siu andH­suPo-wei, a lieu­tenant who was re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing weapons, were charged with ne­glect­ing of­fi­cial pub­lic du­ties lead­ing to a catas­tro­phe, the pros­e­cu­tors said.

The Hsi­ung-Feng III (Brave Wind) mis­sile was launched in er­ror from a corvette bat­tle­ship in Zuoy­ing Har­bor in Kaoh­si­ung, author­i­ties in Tai­wan said. It hit a trawler from the is­land on July 1, killing the skip­per and in­jur­ing three other crewmem­bers.

Pros­e­cu­tors in Kaoh­si­ung said on Mon­day that Kao had been left alone in the main con­trol room for as long as seven min­utes.

The in­ci­dent was caused by what an ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion found to be hu­man er­ror by of­fi­cers on the corvette Chinchi­ang.

Is­land author­i­ties blamed the mis­fir­ing on the fail­ure of per­son­nel to fol­low pro­ce­dures dur­ing a test.

The mis­fir­ing, the big­gest mil­i­tary er­ror in Tai­wan since the is­land’s new leader Tsai Ing-wen took of­fice in May, sparked up­roar and drew a stern re­buke from the Chi­nese main­land.

Zhang Zhi­jun, head of the Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil, said in July, “The in­ci­dent oc­curred and had a se­vere im­pact at a time when the main­land had re­peat­edly em­pha­sized safe­guard­ing peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of cross-Straits re­la­tions based on the po­lit­i­cal foun­da­tion of the 1992 Con­sen­sus.”

This states that the main­land and Tai­wan are parts of one China.

Re­spond­ing to me­dia ques­tions, Zhang said that author­i­ties in Tai­wan should give an ex­pla­na­tion for the in­ci­dent. Xin­hua and AFP con­trib­uted to this story.

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