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

Search on after man in Australia falls off ferry into freezing waters Queenslander killed Kiwi in self-defence, court told US scientist lured to Western Australia by spider deemed 'world's fastest predator' Australian paedophile ring dad is jailed for raping and pimping daughter When death is the first sign anything is wrong: Sudden cardiac death in young people I always hoped I could be a hero in a violent crime, then one happened in front of me Australian police find body of Aaron Pajich; two women charged with murder Stepmum accused of leaving kids alone while she left the country due in court Giant python slithers into Australian woman's bedroom US grand jury indicts Australian Michael Quinn on child sex charges

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