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WASHINGTON (AP) - "Forward, motorists on the t
forward....come on, forward," pilot AS THE invest
Larry Wheaton pleaded as First Officer unfolded, exper
Alan Pettit vainly fought to keep the creasingly like a
faltering Boeing 737 in the air. cident in which
But it was too late for Air Florida recognized pi
Flight 90, possibly crippled by the same weather and pil
ice and snow that Wheaton and Pettit combined for disa
had dismissed in lighthearted banter The NationalI
just moments before as the aircraft Board won't reac
awaited takeoff. cause of the cras
After struggling to lift off from But investigators
National- Airport's snow-covered run- things contribute
way on Jan. 13, Flight 90 stalled within " The actions o
seconds and plunged into a bridge and who may not hav
the ice-filled Potomac River. Seventy- danger posed by1
four of 79 people aboard plus four co-pilot called th
faulty in crash,
bridge were killed.
igation of tragedy has
rts say it looks in-
a classic aviation ac-
a number of long-
ot action, may have
*h a conclusion into the
h for several months.
s believe strongly these
f the pilot and co-pilot,
ve fully recognized the
the bad weather. The
he snow probably the
worst he'd seen.
" Snow and ice on the wings which
could have prevented the plane from
flying once it became airborne.
" Snow on the runway which may have
slowed the aircraft's acceleration.
" The Boeing 737's history of rolling
severely or pitching its"nose up sud-
denly after takeoff if there is even a
small amount of ice on the front edge of
" Engine sensors may have been
frozen, giving the crew false indication
of how much power was being
generated during takeoff. In-
vestigators have determined the
engines produced only about 80 percent
of normal power during the takeoff roll.
WHILE AIRPORT tower tapes shed
little light on the accident, the 737's
flight data recorder has disclosed the
plane struggled to take off, almost im-
mediately lost acceleration and began
to fall after climbing only 337 feet.
A transcript of the cockpit voice
recorder made public Thursday showed
that while the pilots expressed concern
they did not feel threatened by the
The transcript starts at 3:31 p.m., 14
minutes after the plane was last de-iced
and 30 minutes before the crash.
WASHINGTON (AP)- President
Reagan celebrated his 71st birthday
yesterday, becoming the first chief
executive to reach that age in the White
The President, who enjoys joking
about his age, took a line from Jack
Benny, who never admitted to being
over 39, and called this the 32nd an-
niversary of his 39th birthday.
The president spent the day with his
wife Nancy, in the residential quarters
of the executive mansion.
Reading from their works
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United Press International reports
Reagan tours three states
to promote 'New Federalism'
WASHINGTON- President Reagan takes his "New Federalism" show
back home again to Indiana next week during a jet-age whistle-stop tour to
three of the nations' breadbasket states.
In two days, the president, a native of Tampico, Ill., will address state
legislatures in Iowa and Indiana, and a Republican fund-raiser in
Bloomington, Minn., about the virtures of his controversial plan to decen-
tralize the federal government.
For the most part, his reception should be warm in the Midwest. However,
protesters are scheduled to gather at all three stops.
Haig attends conference
to plan Poland protest
WASHINGTON- Secretary of'State Alexander Haig leaves today for the
European security conference in Madrid to lead the West's attack on the
Soviet-sponsored repression in Poland.
The West will use the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe,
which resumes Tuesday, as a forum to voice its outrage over the crushingof
Poland's labor and political reform movement.
However, the disclosure by the State Department late Friday that U.S.
taxpayers may eventually repay as much as $2, billion in Polish government
debts to American banks could cause the expression of indignation at
Madrid to ring hollow in some quarters.
Chernenko leading field
of successors to Brezhnev
MOSCOW- Konstantin Chernenko, a close ally of President Leonid
Brezhnev, is off to a flying start and appears to be leading the field -in the
Kremlin powerstakes to succeed the ailing Soviet leader.
The jockeying to succeed Brezhnev intensified with the death last month of
79-year-old Mikhail Suslov, top Communist Party ideologist and a ranking
member of the ruling Politburo.
Had Suslov outlived the 75-year-old Brezhnev, he was expected to have
played a major role iQ selecting the new Soviet leader. But with Suslov's
death, it was left to his Politburo survivors to fight it out among themselves.
Weinberger visits Saudis
to discuss arms production
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia- Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, arriving
here yesterday for a four-day visit, said he will raise the possibility of the
United States and Saudi Arabia coproducing U.S.-designed weapons.
"Coproduction might be a possibility, a very real possibility, Weinberger
told reporters at Riyadh airport. He did not say what weapons he had in
In recent weeks, the Saudis have championed the concept of establishing a
collective security system by the Persian Gulf states, including a military
industries complex, an air defense umbrella based on AWACS planes, and a
joint rapid deployment force.
Ford won't make threats
in bargaining talks with UAW
DEARBORN- Ford Motor Co.'s chief bargainer said yesterday he will
make no General Motors-type threats of plant closings or layoffs to the
United Auto Workers during current talks.
Bargainers spent the day in subcommittee meetings with no main table
sessions or briefings scheduled until tomorrow in the discussions called in an
effort to alleviate the industry's crippling slump.
Peter Pestillo, Ford vice president for labor relations, said the firm will
not hold plant closings or massive layoffs over the UAW's head in an effort to
force the union to come to terms.
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