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Marine Jet Incident Angers Governor

World IN BRIEF : JAPAN

December 13, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The governor of Okinawa said he is angry about a U.S. Marine jet fighter that jettisoned 1,000-pound bombs into the East China Sea about 6 1/2 miles west of the provincial capital of Naha. The warplane had been conducting bombing exercises on an uninhabited Japanese island in the Pacific, but its bombing device malfunctioned Tuesday. The pilot was ordered to jettison the entire bomb rack into the sea. The plane landed safely, and the bombs did not explode.

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