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fail to find
bodies at
crash sight
Rescuers believe none
of the plane's 104
passengers survived,
CLAVERIA, Philippines (AP) -
Rescuers searching the crash site of
a DC-9 airliner high on a steep
Philippine mountain ridge failed
yesterday to find any passengers or
large plane fragments in the dense
Rescue officials offered little hope
that any of the 104 people aboard the
twin-engine Cebu Pacific Air plane sur-
vived the accident in the southern
Rescuers did not indicate whether
they located any identifiable body
Rescuers did find pieces of seat
cushions, scattered clothes and vari-
ous documents, including business
cards, at the edge of a deep ravine,
and said much of the plane may have
tumbled over the rim after the initial
Efforts to reach the bottom
through the remote, dense jungle
were unsuccessful by nightfall,
when rescue efforts were called off
for the day.
The steep slopes, rain and dense
vegetation had kept rescuers from
reaching the crash site on Mount
Sumagaya, about 7,260 feet high,


Continued from Page 1A
"If it's a major case, which it sounds
like it may be, we only do things at the
meetings," the committee member said.
"Last meeting, Michigan was not on
our agenda."
Senior Associate Athletic Director
Keith Molin said the University pro-
posed to punish itself by reducing its
recruiting visits.
"Our position as an institution is to
get over with this process as soon as
possible," Molin said.
Ellerbe said this type of penalty
would hurt the University's basketball
"Any time something is taken
away from you, you're at a disadvan-
tage to your competitors," Ellerbe
David Berst, chief of the NCAA
enforcement staff, said he has received
the letter submitted by the University
that details the University's sanction
Berst said assignment of the penalty
is "pending," and the next step is for the
committee members to review the
University's report.
"We are ensuring them that the
report is being reviewed by the
NCAA Committee on Infractions,"
Berst said.
The NCAA Committee on
Infractions is composed of professors,
legal experts and other professionals
from across the nation, meets as a
group every two months.

Berst also said he could not speculate
on the time frame of the investigati
but said the decision will not be kno
"in the next couple of days" and i.
"more likely" to be made within the
But the committee member said the
NCAA committee's decision may nol
be announced until a month after it'
next meeting in April.
Besides submitting a letter of rec-
ommendations for the sanctions, the
University has the right to a hear4
with the committee, which wotdi
mean anyone charged of impropriety
could speak directly to committee
members, prolonging the decision
"If Michigan comes to a meeting ir
month X, the hearing takes all day," the
committee member said. "There's ar
awful lot of material. The committee
then writes a report, something around
50 pages. Once we agree on the rept
and make a decision, it could be as 1
as a month until the whole thing is pub-
The committee member detailed a
case the NCAA committee had on its
agenda at its meeting last week.
"A school we just heard, we were
dealing with events that happened in
1996 and the school submitted its
report in late fall of 1997 and it was
on our agenda at the meeting
January," said the committee me
ber. "That was fairly a quick one in
terms of a school getting in its inves-
tigation and report with the enforce-
ment stuff done."

Volunteer rescuers head toward Mt. Sumagaya in Southern Philippines yesterday to the crash sight of the Cebu Pacific DC-9

passenger plane.
for nearly two days.
The strong winds that hampered
rescue helicopters earlier in the
week apparently blew some debris
- including a blood-stained Cebu
Pacific blanket and airline docu-
ments -to several locations includ-
ing spots on a neighboring moun-
The 31-year-old plane disappeared
Monday morning as it was preparing to
land in Cagayan de Oro city on
Mindanao island, about 28 miles away.
After flying over the crash site,
about 500 feet from the mountain's
peak, military Chief of Staff Gen.
Clemente Mariano said the plane
had "almost cleared the top of the

mountain, but it may have suffered a
down-draft, causing it to hit the
The airplane was making a visual,
not instrumental, landing approach
when it disappeared, the officials
It had made an unscheduled stop
at another airport and therefore was
not on its normal flight path from
Manila to Cagayan de Oro.
The plane's substitute route took it
over high mountains and deep
ravines, with thick clouds covering
some slopes.
The plane carried 99 passengers
- including five children - and
five crew members. The passengers

included one Japanese, one
Austrian, a Swiss, an Australian and
a Canadian.
The plane's last radio contact was
with the Cagayan de Oro airport
tower 15 minutes before it was due
to land. In that call, the pilot said he
was 42 miles from the airport and
was starting to descend. There was
no indication that the plane was in
Cebu Pacific began operations in
March 1996 after the Philippines
had all of their airline operations
deregulated by government forces
last year.
The airline has had no previous
major accidents.


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Continued from Page 1A
clearly hit the wrong person," Walton said.
Binkley told WWJ radio in January that the charges were unwarranted
because Fox acted in self-defense. He said Fox hit Thomas because he fea
he was going to be attacked again.
University Law Prof. Samuel Gross said defendants have no legal right to delay
a trial if new counsel is hired.
"It's perfectly common if someone changes lawyers for the judge not to allow
the change unless the lawyer can continue the case without delay," Gross said.
But Walton said the Oakland County prosecutor's office usually gives deference
to new legal counsel.
"The attorney needs time to become familiar with the facts of the case so he can
represent his client,' Walton said.
---Daily Sports Editor Sharat Raju contributed to this report.
COALITIONde with that of Pioneer students, e
Continued from Page 1A "I don't see affirmative action as arti-
attempt to intervene in the lawsuit. ficial," Galardi said. "I see it as an
"We don't know what the content of important aspect of what we do."
an intervention will be," Baker said. Robert Sedler, a Wayne State
"We will have to study it once it has University constitutional law professor,
been filed, but clearly, there is an enor- said if the court permits the intervention.
mous amount of interest presented by the high school students will be the actu-
the lawsuit." al third party to intervene in the lawsuit.
High school students from the not the lawyers or the organizations le
metro-Detroit area who say they will ing the coalition.
be closely affected by the lawsuit are "They will claim an interest in the
scheduled to appear at today's con- lawsuit, which is an interest in getting
ference which was called by the into U of M," Sedler said.
coalition. Baker said she is not surprised that
Bob Galardi, Ann Arbor Pioneer other parties want to become involved
High School Principal, said he has in the lawsuit.
not been contacted by coalition "This is a matter that affects a great
attorneys who may be seeking high many people, so naturally people will
school students to participate in the want to become involved in some wav"
intervention, but that the concept Baker said.
would not surprise him. Galardi said Sedler said that after the coalition
he is not opposed to the student par- files its motion to intervene, both
ticipation. the plaintiffs and the University will
Galardi said Pioneer High School is have the opportunity to respond
the top feeder of students into the before the judge makes a final rul-
University, with about seven to eight ing.
percent of each graduating class "I would expect the intervention
enrolling in the University. The inter- (decision) will be delivered in a month
ests of the coalition could easily coin- or so," Sedler said.

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