In Training Snafu, US Jets 'Bomb' Great Barrier Reef
Jets were forced to jettison 4 bombs
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2013 7:24 AM CDT
In this Sept. 2001 file photo, an aerial view shows Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where US fighters jettisoned four bombs last week in a training emergency.   (AP Photo/Queensland Tourism, File)

(Newser) – US fighter jets running low on fuel dropped four bombs on Australia's Great Barrier Reef last week, reports the BBC, in a training mission gone wrong. The AV-8B Harriers were supposed to drop the bombs—two of which were disabled, while two were inert—on a bombing range on a nearby island, but were forced to abort the mission and ditch payload in order to safely return to the USS Bonhomme Richard, adds CNN. The 500-lb. bombs landed in some 165 feet of water, away from the fragile coral and out of the way of passing ships. The exercise was a joint operation between American and Australian armed forces.

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PaulUK2901
Jul 22, 2013 8:32 PM CDT
The jets jettisoned their bomb load to avoid crashing? They dropped them away from the reef? This is a story?
charlesncharge
Jul 22, 2013 3:44 PM CDT
The tide was moving to slow and the shadow looked like a hoodie. That's how we do it in America me Aussie mate. This falls under the bomb your ground law.
Bongripper420
Jul 22, 2013 8:49 AM CDT
"US fighter jets running low on fuel dropped four bombs on Australia's Great Barrier Reef last week" or "The 500-lb. bombs landed in some 165 feet of water, away from the fragile coral and out of the way of passing ships" Did it hit the reef or not because I'm almost all coral is fragile to an extent. Also, disabled implies inert. This story left me lost.