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Joint Inquiry Blames U.S. Pilots

June 28, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ A joint U.S.-Canadian inquiry into the mistaken bombing of Canadian troops in Afghanistan last spring concluded that two U.S. F-16 pilots failed to exercise proper caution, an American officer said Friday.

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael DeLong, deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, told a news conference in Tampa, Fla., that the cause of the deadly accident was ``the failure of the two pilots to exercise appropriate flight discipline.″

He said the two pilots stand accused of ``inappropriate use of lethal force.″ Any disciplinary action against the pilots is a matter to be considered by the Air Force, DeLong said.

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