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Probe Continues on How Planes Sold by Israel Turned Up in Rhodesia

The United States is still investigating how II American-made Bell-205 Helicopters which Israel sold to a private company in 1968 turned up in Rhodesia. Both U.S. and Israeli officials agree that when the copters left Haifa by freighter in October, 1968 they were supposed to go to Singapore. Instead they arrived in Rhodesia. State Department spokesman Hodding Carter confirmed Friday that the sale by Israel was approved by the U.S. Department of Commerce. He would not reveal what country was originally scheduled to receive the helicopters. He said the investigation is continuing.

CORRECTION Due to a typographical error in the Jan. 5 Bulletin, the Israel Bond Organization was reported to have produced $396.8 million in 1978 to help Israel. The correct figure of $369.8 million appeared in the headline of the story, but incorrectly in the first paragraph.