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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) says it is possible people may have been injured when a laser guidance system on a jet fighter accidentally targeted several cars north of Newcastle.
The RAAF says two jets from the Williamtown base were flying at 20,000 feet on May 28 as part of a training exercise.
Weapons guidance lasers were pointed at a car at the intersection of the Lakes Way and Seal Rocks road near Forster, but eight other vehicles drove past the same spot.
Air Commodore Geoff Brown says it was a computer malfunction but the risk to the public was remote.
"The biggest risk of major injury is if you are actually inside that laser spot and looking directly back up at the aeroplane," he said.
"That's why we think it's extremely remote."
The Air Force has set up a hotline for people who think they may have been affected.