US drops bombs on Great Barrier Reef

Last updated 12:59 21/07/2013
A US AV-8B Harrier jet.
Reuters
OOPS: Two US AV-8B Harrier jets similiar to this one have dropped unarmed bombs into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Relevant offers

Australia

The police-issue guns, batons and handcuffs that disappear 60 Minutes kidnap child Theo Johnstone breaks silence Racy book taught to year six students in South West WA pulled from curriculum Nine Network denies it planned to air footage of Beirut child snatch operation Uncle charged with murder of Chinese student Michelle Leng Cotton On worker in Australia suffers traumatic brain injury after 90kg pallet falls on her Wanted crime figure shot dead in Sydney shopping centre car park Children among victims sexually abused by masseur in Australia Kiwi accused of triple murder in Australia attempts to change guilty plea Iranian refugee at Nauru who set himself on fire dies in hospital

Two US fighter jets have dropped four unarmed bombs in Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park when a training exercise went wrong.

The US 7th Fleet said in a statement that the two AV-8B Harrier jets launched from an aircraft carrier each jettisoned an inert bomb and an unarmed explosive bomb in the World Heritage-listed marine park off Queensland state on Tuesday.

The navy says the four bombs were dropped in a channel away from coral to minimise possible damage to the reef. None exploded.

The jets had intended to drop the ordnances on an island bombing range but aborted the mission when controllers reported the area was not clear of hazards.

The pilots conducted the emergency jettison because they could not land with their bomb load.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content