AF Tanker Jet Explodes Near Maine Base; 3 Die

From Associated Press

A U.S. Air Force tanker jet exploded in the air just north of the American border Wednesday, killing at least three crewmen, authorities said.

The fourth crewman was missing and feared dead.

The KC-135 was returning to Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Me., from a refueling mission when the blast took place, and it set woods on fire near Perth-Andover, the Air Force reported. A base spokeswoman said the cause of the explosion was under investigation.

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