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ANCON, Peru (AP) -- A Peruvian
plane slammed into the frigid Pacific
Ocean yesterday after its navigation
system failed, leaving the pilot lost
amid the dense early-morning mist. All
70 passengers and crew were believed
Rescue workers searched for possible
survivors of Acroperu Flight 603.
which crashed shortly after its takeoff
from Lima, the Peruvian capital, to
Santiago, the Chilean capital. But fog
covered the rough seas throughout the
day, hampering rescue operations.
The plane was carrying 61 passen-
gers, including four Americans, and
nine crew members, the airline said.
Airport officials said the jetliner was
only four years old.
Searchers found parts of the Boeing
75's fuselage about 40 miles offshore,
west of Ancon, said Adm. Jaime
Monge, head of navy rescue operations.
Ancon is 30 miles north of Lima.
Seven bodies were recovered by
midafternoon, but there was no sign of
The Americans aboard were Galen
Canutsen, Samsina Niis Lindeen,
Dennis Trial and Kenneth Vaisman
Lichtman, the airline said. No home-
towns were given.
Five minutes after the 12:42 a.m.
takeoff, the pilot reported equipment
problems. Erick Schreiber reported that
the plane's navigational equipment was
not responding and that he had no idea
where he was.
"I don't have any instruments," he
said, according to Transportation
Minister Elsa Carrera, who heard a tape
of his conversation with the control
tower in Lima.
"What's happening? What altitude
am I at ? Why is my ground crash alarm
on? Am I over land or sea?"
"You're over sea," the tower reported.
Schreiber calmly asked for a plane to
guide him back to the airport. Just
before 1:10 a.m., Schreiber advised the
tower to prepare for a rescue.
Then the tower lost contact with the
Carrera said Schreiber never lost his
composure during his 28-minute con-
versation with the tower.
"The pilot's calmness, his serenity
was incredible," she said.
As rescuers searched through the
thick fog, anxious family members and
friends awaited word. "We're just hop-
ing they're still alive. We're praying
they're still alive," said a man who said
he had relatives on the plane. Police led
him away from reporters before he
could identify himself.
Only II of the passengers were
Peruvians. Of the remaining victims,
there were 30 Chileans, two British, two
Italians, a New Zealander, a Spaniard
and 10 people from other Latin
The search for survivors was cen-
tered on a 50-mile stretch of the
Peruvian coast in an area reaching 50
miles off shore, navy Capt. Gonzalo
Before dawn, officials lined up
Car windows mysteriously smashed
LOS ANGELES - Bullets? Rocks? BBs?
Drivers in an area that's grown accustomed to freeway violence don't know what
to fear in a mysterious wave of attacks over the last three weeks that have left more
than 120 rear windows shattered.
Police across Los Angeles County have no idea how it's being done or who's
doing it. But they know whoever is doing it is bold. The announcement of a
$10,000 reward was followed by the worst rash of attacks yet -- 42 in just three
hours Tuesday night.
"Suddenly I heard a 'boom!' and saw the rear window was just broken," said
Howard Luan, whose back window and trip home were shattered about 10 miles
southeast of downtown.
No one has been injured.
Investigators have no suspects, and unmarked patrols have failed to catch the
perpetrators. But there are plenty of theories.
The attackers could be firing BB guns or high-powered slingshots while
ving behind the victims, California Highway Patrol Officer Rob Lund said.
In some cases, windows are completely shattered and collapse inward. In oth-
ers, a small hole marking the point of impact is left behind with a web of cracks.
In one case, a small hole was found in a victim's car interior.
The brother of one of the crash victims mourns silently on the Peruvian coast. All
passengers and crew members were believed to have been killed in the crash.
ambulances, fire trucks, gasoline-
powered generators and reflectors on
the dark beach so that possible sur-
vivors would have bright lights to swim
But they would have difficulty stay-
ing alive for long in the cold waters of
the Humboldt current that flows up the
South American coast from Antarctica.
Apilio Arande, head of navy security
in the Lima port of Callao, said the
search for bodies could take days.
Aeroperu Flight 603 originated in
Miami and, though the flight number
remained the same, the plane was
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changed in Lima, said Raul Chiappo,
Miami operations manager for
Chiappo said the airline had received
no bomb or other threats.
The crash was the second of a com-
mercial jet in Peru this year. In
February, 123 people were killed when
a Faucett Airlines Boeing 737 crashed
into a mountain in southern
Peru.Aeroperu, the former state-
owned airline, was bought by Aerovias
de Mexico three years ago. Soon after
the privatization, the company bought
the jet that crashed.
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Palestinians. But it remained to be
seen whether Arafat, who will almost
certainly be perceived by his own peo-
ple as returning empty-handed from
Washington, will be able to prevent
As the president spoke in the East
Room of the White House, Arafat and
Netanyahu sat in grim-faced silence
behind him, alongside King Hussein
of Jordan, the third Mideast leader at
the summit. President Hosni Mubarak
of Egypt had refused an invitation to
attend, saying that the lack of serious
preparation and the political "inflexi-
bility" of the Israeli leader meant that
it would be virtually impossible to
achieve a useful result.
Taking place just five weeks before
the U.S. presidential elections, the
inconclusive summit laid Clinton open
to Republican charges that he had
risked the prestige of the Oval Office
for nothing. Netanyahu, however,
defended Clinton from criticism by
Republican challenger Bob Dole, who
dismissed the summit as an example
of the administration's penchant for
"photo-op foreign policy."
"I would ask you, what did you want
him to do? Did you want him to do
nothing'?" asked Netanyahu. "We had
a major rupture. He was in contact
with both me and with Arafat. He
offered his good offices and we both
agreed that he could perform an
important service by giving us a
venue, a locale, and by facilitating the
talks between us. He did exactly that."
Netanyahu met briefly last night
with Dole, who said he was disap-
pointed the summit had not achieved
an "unequivocal condemnation" of
violence by both sides.
In the only concrete result of the
summit, Arafat and Netanyahu agreed
to send teams of diplomats next
Sunday to Erez, the principal border
crossing between Israel and the Gaza
Strip, for "continuous negotiations" on
disputed issues. These include the
timetable of the repeatedly delayed
Israeli redeployment from the West
Bank town of Hebron and security
guarantees for Israeli settlers.
According to Palestinian and Israeli
officials, Netanyahu rebuffed attempts
by Arafat to persuade him to close the
entrance to a tunnel in East Jerusalem
close to Muslim and Jewish holy
places, whose opening sparked the
street riots by Palestinians. The Israeli
prime minister also brushed aside calls
by Arafat and Clinton to set a firm
date for the partial withdrawal of
Israeli troops from Hebron, as fore-
seen in the September 1993 Oslo
Patten vows he will
not leave quietly
HONG KONG - Chris Patten,
Hong Kong's 28th and last British gov-
ernor here, showed yet again yesterday
that if the are of history dictates he must
go, well, no one said he has to go quiet-
The governor, who in the past has
riled the Chinese leadership by his
efforts to move Hong Kong to fuller
democracy, used his last "state of the
colony" policy speech before the Jegis-
lature yesterday to issue a verbal broad-
side at Beijing's announced plan to
abolish the elected lawmaking body
and replace it with an appointed "provi-
Declaring that he was not planning to
"tiptoe meekly through the next few
months," Patten struck a combative
tone in telling China that the provision-
al legislature, due to be named next
month, can expect no help from the out-
going British-led administration, and
he warned that such a handpicked body
might be declared illegal in Hong Kong
courts if it tried to start up operations
and begin voting on laws before the
handover date tb
ask for separate trials
DENVER - Timothy James
McVeigh and Terry Lynn Nichols once
shared a hatred of the government so
intense that prosecutors have charged it
drove them to blow up the federal
building in Oklahoma City, killing 168
people. Yesterday, attorneys for the two
men argued in federal court that their
legal interests are now so divergent that
they must be tried separately to ensure
U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch,
who is hearing the death penalty case
and has set aside three days for this and
other key pre-trial issues, could grant
defense requests for severance and
order two separate trials, could instruct
the jury to ignore certain evidence in
one trial, or could impanel two juries --
one for each defendant - in a single
The bombing case is being heard in
Denver because Matsch, in an earlier
ruling, determined that McVeigh and
Nichols could not get a fair trial in
The government's case against
McVeigh is considered much stronger
and includes evidence that he rented the
truck used in the blast and drove it to
the Murrah building.
Prozac may harm
Women who take the widely pre-
scribed anti-depressant Prozac in the
final months of pregnancy may be
doing harm to their babies, according to
a new study.
California researchers followed hun-
dreds of women taking the medici
generically known as fluoxetine, du*
all stages of pregnancy and found that
the risk of prematurity, admission to a
special-care nursery and poor outcome
were more common in babies exposed
to the drug in the last trimester.
But researchers from several labora-
tories caution that the study, to be pub-
lished today in the . New England
Journal of Medicine, lacks the proper
controls, and that the effects could
due to the mother's depression and
to the medication.
strikes 205 Japanese
TOKYO - The bacteria that killed
11 people in a food poisoning outbreak
this summer has infected 205 more
people at an elementary school in
northern Japan, a local health official
Twenty of those infected have dev
oped severe symptoms, such as stom
ach pain, diarrhea and bloody stools,
said the official, who identified himself
only by the surname Sato.
Six children were hospitalized but all
were recovering and should be released
soon, Sato said.
He said 198 students and seven
school employees were infected with
the 0157 strain of E. coli in Morioka,
290 miles north of Tok*
Contaminated school lunches w
being investigated as a possible cause.
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