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Thursday, July 12, 1973


Page Three

Jetliner downed near Paris;

over 100 dead in

PARTS {4- A b'rning Brazilian jetliner
crashed in an onio patch while attempt-
ing an emergecy landing near Paris yes-
terday, killing 121 of the 134 persons
The Varig Airlines Boeing 707 was just
six miles short of its destination at Orly
Airport after a 6,000-mile flight from Sao
Paulo, Brazil.
"A minute and a half more and the Boe-
ing could have 1 inded in safety, perhaps
saving all the passengers," said Jean-
Francois Frerot, the control tower chief
at Orly.
The four-jet airliner caie down in
flames outside the suburban village of
Saulx-les-Ch'airtreux, its engines and wing-
tips ripping off on impact.
Flames spilling from the aircraft pre-
vented farmhainds from getting near the
u wreckage to rescue those inside. They in-
-laded 16 crew members and 118 passen-
gers, none reported to be American.
Witnesses said the dead among the
passengers were burned, many beyond
recognition still strapped in their seats.
1,i the pilot esloned with "barely a fes
S s ratches" r~esc'a wiirkers said.
T i)cpilot's cIt1 to the Orly control tower,
iannoncing "fire on board, " came after
he reported engine trouble, airport spokes-
Cmien said. As .-ri was sounded, but was
Arnost immediatel supplanted by a full-
se-1ge cras' w~rni g when the pilot ra-
AP Photo dioed that his plne was aflame.
Paris. 121 of the The airport said the pilot asked for per-
mission to crash-land and was told to
make a wrong-way anding on a take off
The ritaswatrs cleared, hut the jet-
usner nev'er recac.hed Orly. The Fretuch
ie s 'antio 'i n''I lic-e saiid it pluimmetecd on its
belly slightly less than 15 minutes after
the first report of trouble.
The heat in the burning plane melted
i'isiy the re sr lft section.
"By the tit-te 1 got to the plane, the
heat was so intense I couldn't get closer
than 200 yards," slid Pierre Xavier, who
ro u lives in the neerh v"illage. "Then the fire
engines and heli"inters arrived."
Firemen dug into the carcass of the
)perating Engineers, aircraft with electric saws in an attempt
to extricate the passengers while the
helicopters stood by to fly them to hos-
ENNINGS, students pitals.
were very sympa- Graciette Dosreis, a Portuguese-born
and their strike. It nurse's assistant who was walking near
other reports, how- the crash site, administered heart mas-
ny were honoring the sage and artificit- respiration to two of
the crash victims,
ay that the univer- One of the survivors told her, she said,
o continue all oper- that the fire broke out in rear of the air-
ory and non-striking craft and spread inside the cabin before
those in the latter the plsne hit the ground. He believed, she
who hold part-time said, that the fire may have started in a
ity. toilet.

POLICE AND FIREMEN examine wreckage of
vlane's 134 passengers were killed.

a Boeing 707 that crashed yesterday near Orly Field in

-MSU contini
Skinny-dip dilemma,
Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies
paid a visit to the popular "Gravel Pit"
pond Tuesday night and managed to ap-
prehend four of the fleeing swimmers--
all in varying stages of undress. One of
those apprehended told the deputies, "Ev By DAVID STOLL and Local 547 of the C
eryone here swims nude." That defense Michigan State University (MSU) con- iere still on the job.
was apparently not good enough as the tinued to function smoothly yesterday even
four were booked on charges of indecent as employes belonging to the American ACCORDING TO J
exposure. Future visitors to the pond Federation of State, County and Municipal on the MSU campus
should be on their guard. Employes (AFSCME) continued t h e i r thetic to the workers
strike into a second day. was not apparent from
Beware the tax man The walk-out began Monday night when ever, that a great mat
University law Prof. L. Hart Wright yes- 225 members of AFSCME Local 999-made picket lines.
terday warned taxpayers to be leary of up largely of masons, pipefitters, and Groty said yesterd
commercial tax renarers Wrieht said plumbers-voted to strike. sity was managing t

that IRS studies revealed that only 30
out of 560 samples of commercially-pre-
pared returns were done correctly.
Happenings. . .
. . . today are topped by a mass meet-
ing of the Human Rights Party. Scheduled
for 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the
SAB the agenda includes steering com-
mittee elections and general discussion
of the platform . . . the Bach Club will
meet at 8:00 p.m. at 730 Tappan (Memor-
ial Christian Church.) The get-together
will feature Canadian guitarist Ray Sea-
ley. All are welcome.
Pots prayer
CHARLESTON, W. Va. - An unusual
prayer, apparently aimed at politicians,
was made in the House of Delegates yes-
terday when it convened.
It was offered by Del. Harry Moats.
"Make our words gracious and tender,"
he said. "We may have to eat them to-
A2's weather
The cooler temperatures which brought
welcome relief to the city yesterday should
continue today. Highs should be around
80. Clouds will roll in, however, and by
tomorrow we could see some rain.

THEY WERE JOINED Tuesday night
by Local 1,585, consisting of 1,200 custo-
dial, delivery, and food service workers.
The two locals are protesting the uni-
versity's cancellation of their contract.
MSU refused to extend the old contract
on a day-to-day basis during the negotiat-
ing period after it expired June 30.
The Lansing State Journal quoted union
leaders as charging that the university
was attempting to "squeeze the unions into
a quick-contract settlement." Leaders re-
portedly warned members that without a
contract they had no protection in griev-
ance matters, firings, layoffs, and job
Chuck Jennings, president of Local 999,
said yesterday that points of contention
with MSU in the contract bargaining in-
clude "arbitrary application of seniority
rights" the failure of the university to
recognize graduate apprentices as jour-
neymen, and increased pay and medical
benefits to keep pace with the rising cost
of living.
Although the striking locals said they
have received assurances that Team-
sters and Building Tradesmen will honor
picket lines, Keith Groty, MSU's vice-
president for labor relations, said yester-
day that members of other unions on cam-
pus, notably the Fraternal Order of Police

ation using "supervisi
personnel." Many of
category are students
i.bs with the universi

Human rights group
hears charges of racim

Last night the city's - Human Rights
Commission (HRC) heard complaints of
unchecked racist hiring practices in both
the public and private sectors.
During a sparsely attended session
Robert Brown, community relations aide
for the Ann Arbor Housing Commission,
charged the housing unit with "blatant
racism" in the firing of four black em-
ployes in recent weeks.
A Chrysler corporation worker, Lur-
leen Burroughs of Ypsilanti, told HRC her
employers are disregarding the city's fair
employment ordinance in their treatment
of black workers.
Brown, who his recently filed com-
plaints to the state labor relations board
and the Equal Employment Opportunities
Commission, blasted his superiors on the
housing board, , stating, "I can't have

somebody shit on me and take it. I'm not
that kind of person."
Brown claimed the commission dismiss-
ed Relocation Coordinator Russ Roberts
and three other blacks on "trumped-up
charges" of incompetency after each of
the four had complained about ill treat-
ment by high-level commission officials.
Brown said all four were removed on
short notice and replaced by whites,
"When people start complaining, heads
begin to roll. Now I'm complaining, so my
head is on the block," he added.
Burroughs complained of bad working
conditions and unfair hiring practices to-
ward blacks by Chrysler Corporation at
their Zeeb Rd. plant.
Spokespersons for both Chrysler and the
Rousing Commission were unavailable f*
comment on the charges directed at them
last night.

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