Cancer rife among Palomares veterans

Victims accuse US Air Force of massive cover up

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Hundreds of 55-gallon drums line up on the beach, awaiting transportation to US Navy ships in 1966 (Photo: Tito del Amo)

By Emma Randle

A high proportion of US airmen involved in a clean-up of Palomares immediately after a nuclear bomb accident in 1966 have had cancer, a report in the New York Times (NYT) has revealed.

The report, one of two feature length articles on the Palomares incident published in NYT last week, implies that the true effects of radiation exposure suffered by the airmen have been covered up by the US Air Force to avoid paying medical costs.

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