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‘Crashed drone’ in South Korea turns out to be toilet door

A passer-by had reported seeing what he thought was the wreckage of a drone caught among rocks and trees in a fenced off military area - but it turned out to be a false alarm.

One of three unmanned drones recovered by South Korea in March and April 2014. Seoul claims there is concrete evidence that the drones were from North Korea but Pyongyang has slammed those allegations. Reuters
One of three unmanned drones recovered by South Korea in March and April 2014. Seoul claims there is concrete evidence that the drones were from North Korea but Pyongyang has slammed those allegations. Reuters

SEOUL // South Korea’s defence ministry said Wednesday that a suspected crashed drone spotted by a walker was a false alarm - it was actually the door of a portable toilet.

A passer-by had reported seeing what he thought was the wreckage of a drone caught among rocks and trees in a fenced off military area, while walking on a hillside in southern Seoul.

But an investigation team sent to the area found that the object was actually the broken door of a portable toilet, a defence ministry spokesman said.

The door was a sky blue colour, similar to three drones recovered by South Korea in March and April.

“The shape from a distance and the colour was probably what created the confusion,” said the spokesman.

Seoul said last week that a joint investigation with US experts had provided indisputable proof that the three recovered drones were flown from North Korea and had been pre-programmed to fly over South Korean military installations.

North Korea angrily denied any link with the drones, accusing the South of “fabricating” the evidence.

* AFP