• AFP 
  • July 13, 2012
Soldiers have fired at a Bangkok Airways passenger jet as it circled in bad weather.Picture: AFP Source: AP
  • 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.

“The Cambodian military fired because there was a Thai passenger plane – Bangkok Airways – 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,” 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 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,” Commander Seng Phearin said.