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The World

September 20, 1987

The Soviet Union has accepted responsibility for the collision of a Norwegian P3-B Orion reconnaissance aircraft and a Soviet SU-27 jet fighter over the Barents Sea Sept. 13 and told Oslo that it regrets the accident, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said. A statement said Soviet Ambassador Alexander V. Teterin told Acting Foreign Minister Kurt Mosbakk that a Soviet commission of inquiry found the Soviet pilot at fault. The Soviet fighter brushed the Norwegian plane and damaged one of its four propjet engines. No one was hurt, and both planes landed safely.

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