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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-06-08

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ICAO Ignores Exoneration

(Continued From Page 1)
Rosenne said the report
cited "extreme carelessness
and gross negligence" on the
part of Libyan and Egyptian
air controllers, as well as
errors by the crew of the
Libyan airliner.
The report noted that the
plane flew over the Israel
air defense zone, lowered its
speed enabling it to lower
its landing gear and then
speeded up, Rosenne con-
He said the report stated
that the Israeli air force used
accepted international means
in attempting to get the
plane to land and that the
plane was destroyed when it
crashed into the ground, not
in the air as alleged.
Rosenne said the Libyan
leader, Col. Muammar Qad-
dafi, told a Libyan audience
that when Libya realized the
airliner was lost, it asked
Egypt to send up air force
planes to prevent it from
straying into Israel-held ter-
ritory. Qaddafi said the Egyp-
tian air commander said that
his planes could not be sent
up because of the weather.
Rosenne said as a first step
to prevent any further such
tragedies Israel has installed
VHF transmitters at its mil-
itary radar stations so that
it can make direct contact
with civilian airlines.
He said what is addition-
ally needed is a "hot line"
set up between Israel and
Egypt. He said one such
telephone hookup existed be-
tween the Israeli and Jor-
danian military commanders
in Jerusalem before the Six-
Day War and it prevented
many incidents. But he noted
Egypt rejected a similar pro-
posal by Israel as far back
as 1951.
`Exoneration Should Be Met
With Apologies to Israel'
ternational Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) exon-
erated Israel for the Libyan
airliner disaster that occur-
red Feb. 21 over the Sinai.
According to a report in Fri-
day's "Daily Express, " in
advance of the ICAO report's
official release date of June
4, the civil aviation group
stated that the Israeli pilots
"complied with the accepted
procedures" to warn the Lib-
yan airliner pilot that he
should land his craft, "point-
ed to the airfield where the
airliner could have landed
safely" and fired harmlessly
at the airliner.
According to the Express
story, the ICAO report "also
exonerates the Israelis from
the false charge that they
had tampered with the black
box of the Libyan aircraft."
Libyan and Egyptian offi-
cials charged after the trag-
edy that Israel had tampered
with the plane's recording
mechanism to bring it in line
with Israel's report that the
pilot had been given all ac-
ceptable warnings before fir-
ing on the plane.
The Express science edi-
tor, Chapman Pincher, com-

menting on the ICAO report,
stated: "This report exon-
erates the Israelis to such an
extent that many countries
and organizations which criti-
cized the Israelis for an un-
provoked act of 'barbarism'
will have to do some swift
apologizing." The Express
story on the report provided
the following information:
The weather forecast pro-
vided in Libya before take-
off was below standard. Un-
usually high winds in the
Cairo area which put the
plane off course were not
even mentioned in the
weather forecast. The beacon
at Cairo was not working
properly and the Cairo ap-
proach control surveillance
radar was unserviceable.
About 18 minutes after the
pilot had deviated from his
route and began to get lost,
he requested a radar fix
from Cairo but never got it.
He asked again, and though
his message was acknowl-
edged, he was never given
the fix.
About this time a shift
change of air traffic con-
trollers at Cairo Airport was
taking place. When the Cairo
controllers eventually
cleared the airliner to de-
scend for landing, believing
it was 15 miles away, the
plane was actually crossing,
the Gulf of Suez in good visi-
bility and entering Israeli-
occupied Sinai some 100
miles away. When Cairo in-
structed it to descend to
4,000 feet, it was 105 miles
away and only 15 miles from
an important Israeli defense
base and military, airfield.
Even when the pilot saw the
airfield he was still in touch
with Cairo and was so con-
vinced that he was near
Cairo that he mistook Israeli
Phantoms for Egyptian
The Israelis picked up the
plane by radar before it
crossed the Gulf of Suez.
Phantoms with the Israeli
Air Force Magen David

Former POW Takes His Own Life

(Continued from Page 1)
clearly marked on them went
Born June 4, 1940, in
up. Thus, they complied with Quincy, Mass., he was 25
the accepted procedure. The when his fighter F4C jet was
leading Israeli pilot rocked shot down Oct. 18, 1965, over
his Phantom's wings which North Vietnam and he was
is an order for a suspected captured. He joined the air
aircraft to land. The Libyan force in April 1963, the same
Boeing pilot did not comply, year that he was graduated
and he was still talking to from the Massachusetts In-
Cairo Airport about landing stitute of Technology.
there. The Israelis repeat-
In those 71/2 dreary years
edly pointed to the airfield in prison camps, only one
where the airliner could have letter was received from his
landed safely. But the Boe- wife, Debra, to whom he had
ing co-pilot, a Libyan, indi- been married only three
cated that he wanted to fly months when he left for
straight ahead. The Israelis Southeast Asia. Not more
then fired tracer bullets than two letters reached him
harmlessly in front of the from his parents, his father
These were seen by both
For long periods, he was in
pilots of the Boeing. The Is- solitary confinement and no
raelis then fired at the Lib- news of any kind was al-
yan airliner's starboard wing lowed to be given him. Thus
tip without doing serious he wasn't even aware of the
damage. When the Boeing Six-Day War until more than
still failed to comply they four years afterwards. Like
fired at its starboard wing learning about America put-
root and this forced the ting men on the moon, the
plane to descend, but still news came to him and others
under control. The pilot then accidentally. "Sometimes
tried to land in the desert Hanoi's propaganda backfired
and crashed. The map at- and news they wanted to con-
tached to the report not only ceal slipped through," his
confirms the Israeli version father said.
but shows that the plane was As soon as he was able to
even further into Sinai. The leave Westover Air Force
report also exonerates the Base in Massachusetts, where
Israelis from the false he arrived after his release
charge that they had tam- in Hanoi, Capt. Brudno and
pered with the block box of his wife vanished to pick up
the Libyan aircraft.
the threads of their life to-
Egypt requested that the gether. "I don't know where
meeting he closed to the I they are," Dr. Brudno said
news media because the re-1 at the time of the interview.
port exonerates Israel and The bride Capt. Brudno had
refers to the improper func- ieft behind when he went to
tions of the radar equipment was is the daughter of Ber-
and beacon at the Cairo I nice and Milton Gitenstein,
Airport. a shirt manufacturer. Debra
was a teacher in Harrison,
It happened once that N.Y., when Brudno returned.
while Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi
Capt. Brudno was "always
was teaching, he smelled gar- very interested in Jewish
lic. He said. "Whoever ate culture," his father said.
garlic, let him leave the After his Bar Mitzva at Beth
room." Whereupon Rabbi Hi- El Synagogue, a Conserva-
ya arose and left the room. tive congregation in Quincy,
Then all the other disciples he continued in Hebrew
arose one after the other and, school. In a letter from him
left the room (to prevent the in prison camp that arrived
embarrassment of their col- about four years ago, he
asked his parents for litera-

ture to learn more about his
heritage. Dr. Brudno said he
sent his son the Five Books
of Moses, but the prisoner
never received them.
Dr. Brudno and the of-
ficer's youngest brother, Rob-
ert, a management consultant
in Alexandria, Va., both bit-
terly denounced the North
Vietnamese a n d expressed
strong feelings against Amer
ican militants in the end-the-
war movement. Robert is a
director of the National
League of Families of POWs
and MIAs (missing in ac-
"A lot of hardship for our
men came from the anti-war
movement," R ob e r t said.
"And so many in the fore-
front were Jews."

"I am sure the Israelis
share the same opinion as
the POWs . . . that the coun-
try must be firm on princ-
iples and defend them."
Similarly, Dr. Brudno criti-
cized "Jewish people in Bos-
ton" who led in the peace
movement. "They hurt the
POWs a great deal," he said.
"They did us a lot of harm."





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