Minuteman Test Firing Aborted Over Pacific

Associated Press

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, launched early today in an operational test, was destroyed in flight over the Pacific when a problem was detected, an Air Force spokesman said.

Parts of the $5.3-million missile fell harmlessly on isolated areas of the Pacific after range safety officials detected a problem and transmitted a destruct signal to the missile, Lt. Tom Pander said.

The missile was launched from Vandenberg at 5:18 a.m. toward a target 4,100 miles away at Kwajalein Atoll.

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