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Like a Rocket II

Technicians at the Wattisham airfield in Suffolk, England, evacuated a mail handling facility after receiving a package from troops at Afghanistan’s Camp Bastion. It wasn’t that the package contained a rocket launcher from an attack helicopter; the problem was, the launcher had a live 70mm Flechette rocket installed in it. The launcher had been pulled out of the chopper for service, and was sent back to England by standard military mail. “We have made every effort to address certain procedural shortfalls highlighted by the incident,” a Ministry of Defense spokesman said. (RC/London Telegraph) ...Any future such packages will be stamped “Undeliverable: Return to Sender”.
Original Publication Date: 17 October 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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