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Carter checks on lab effort to ID airman lost in Asia

Ash Carter in Honolulu (File photo) Ash Carter in Honolulu (File photo)

By ROBERT BURNS
AP National Security Writer

HONOLULU (AP) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter has toured a Hawaii laboratory that is trying to identify human remains which - just hours earlier in Southeast Asia -- he had saluted as they were returned to U.S. custody.

The remains are believed to be those of a crewmember aboard a C-47B cargo plane that slammed into a mountainside Nov. 27, 1945 while flying from Singapore to a Malaysia airfield shortly after World War II ended.

Three servicemen were aboard, but only one set of remains was recovered, according to a senior defense official. The official was not authorized to discussed details and so spoke on condition of anonymity.

Carter attended a repatriation ceremony in Malaysia earlier Thursday where the remains were returned and put aboard a U.S. plane for the flight to Hawaii.

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