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A SMALL jet doing a low-altitude maneuver crashed and exploded Saturday in front of thousands of spectators at a D-Day anniversary air show in Mount Clemens, Mich., killing the pilot. . . . PRISONERS rioted and held an official hostage in a South African jail Saturday, one day after the government in reaction to earlier riots said it would cut jail terms for common-law criminals. . . . ISRAELI RADIO stations said Saturday that PLO chief Yasser Arafat would arrive in the autonomous West Bank town of Jericho next week, but a Palestinian official played down the reports. . . . THREE MEN pleaded guilty Saturday in Beijing to torching a Chinese pleasure boat and murdering 24 Taiwanese tourists and eight mainland crew members in a case that has rocked relations between Taiwan and China.