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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 19, 1998


Air Force bomber
crashes; crew
members survive


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MARION, Ky. (AP) - An Air Force
B-I B bomber, flying unmanned after its
crew ejected safely minutes earlier,
plowed into a muddy cow pasture and
exploded yesterday in rural western
The plane barely missed a farm-
house, crashing just four miles from
this farming community of 3,300 peo-
ple. No one was hurt on the ground.
The unmanned, unarmed bomber
flew roughly 12 miles after its crew
bailed out.
"It's scary to think about a plane
flying over town without anybody at
the controls, just waiting to fall
somewhere," Mayor Michael
Alexander said.
Two crew members walking along
the road were picked by a passerby in a
car, while another was found walking in
a field nearby. The fourth's parachute
caught in a tree and he suffered head
and neck injuries.
Randy Rushing, a volunteer fire-
fighter responding to the crash call, said
he picked up the co-pilot after he found
him in the field.
"He mainly said that something went
haywire," Rushing said.
Rushing said the co-pilot, identi-
fied as Capt. Jeffrey Sabella, told
him the crew was aborting the mis-
sion to fly back to their base when
there was smoke and they lost con-
trol. The co-pilot told Rushing: "We
The Air Force identified the crew
as Lt, Col. Daniel Charchian, the
instructor pilot; Sabella, the co-
pilot; Capt. Kevin Schields, the
instructor weapons officer; and I st
Lt. Bert Winslow, the weapons sys-
tem officer.
Charchian and Schields were in good
condition at a military hospital at Fort
Campbell, Ky. The other two were
reported stable at Vanderbilt University

Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.
The B-iB bomber was flying out of
Dyess Air Force Base near Abilene,
Texas, when it went down near
Mattoon, a rural area five miles north-
east of Marion near the Ohio River,
said First Lt. Eric Elliott of Langley
Air Force Base in Virginia.
The bomber was not being dis-
patched to the Persian Gulf and was not
carrying munitions, Air Force officials
Military police from Fort Campbell,
Ky., were securing the scene. There was
no immediate word as to a cause. State
police said the plane went down around
1:15 p.m.
Mark Williams, who lives about a
quarter mile away, said he was pick-
ing up his mail when he heard an
explosion, looked up and saw a
mushroom-shaped cloud. The blast
shook his pickup truck.
Williams drove to the crash site
and said the biggest piece of wreck-
age could fit in the bed of his pick-
up, while the rest was reduced to
pieces slightly larger than a dinner
Jamie Riley saw the plane pass
over the town of Mexico, about 14
miles from the crash site, and told
the weekly Crittenden Press that the
bomber was about 200 feet above the
"I don't see how it was high enough
for anybody to bail out," Riley said.
Beverly Herrin told the newspaper
the engines quit near Marion.
"I heard it roaring and looked
toward Marion," he said. "By the
time it came into sight, everything
was quiet. It was gliding at about a
20-degree angle."
The B-1 B "Lancer" bomber, one of
three long-range heavy bombers in the
Air Force arsenal, has adjustable,
swept-back wings and can fly intercon-

Cinton's dose adviser testifies before juY
WASH INGTON - Long-time Clinton confidant Bruce Lindsey testified before a
grand jury in the Monica Lewinsky investigation yesterday amid indications the advis-
er may have urged a key potential witness last summer to contact President Clinton's
private lawyer.
Lindsey, who has been with Clinton since the early days of Clinton's political career
in Arkansas, spoke at least twice last summer with former White House staffer Lin4
Tripp, according to individuals familiar with Tripp's account of the matter. It was Tripp
who brought the allegations of a presidential affair and cover-up to light after secretly
taping her conversations with Lewinsky.
In one conversation, these individuals said, Lindsey tried to persuade
Tripp to go see Robert Bennett, the lawyer Clinton hired to represent him in
the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. These sources, discussing the case
only on grounds of anonymity, said Tripp's lawyer advised her not to do so
and she didn't.
The information surfaced as Lindsey appeared before the federal grand jury for
questioning. The White House adviser's testimony was interrupted for about 45
minutes as he and his attorney, Deputy White House counsel Cheryl Mill.
appeared before U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson. The nature of t

conference was not immediately known.
Baseball broadcaster
Harry Caray dies
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -Harry
Caray, who took millions of fans out to
the ball game on radio and television in a
career that spanned almost 60 years, died
yesterday, four days after collapsing at a
Valentine's Day dinner. He was believed
to be 77.
The often offbeat Hall of Fame broad-
caster covered baseball's greats from
Musial to Mays to Maddux. "Holy
Cow!" as he would say.
He was hospitalized Saturday after
falling ill at a nightclub-restaurant with
his wife, Dutchie. Doctors said his heart
had suddenly changed rhythm, restrict-
ing oxygen to his brain.
A broadcaster since 1941, Caray
became a household name through his
Cubs' games for WGN-TV, carried
nationally by many cable systems. He
was immediately recognizable for his
thick, oversized glasses and raspy, sing-
along rendition of "Take Me Out to the
Ball Game" over the public address sys-
tem during the seventh-inning stretch.

The debris of an Air Force 1B-1 bomber that crashed in Kentucky yesterday is
strewn in a muddy cow pasture.

Caray was a broadcaster for the St.
Louis Cardinals for 25 years and for the
Chicago White Sox for 11 years before
moving across town to Wrigley Field' in
DNC funding repor
to be released soon
WASHINGTON -After almost $3:5
million and a year of investigation in
Asia and in this country, the Senate panel
probing campaign finance abuses still
cannot answer many fundamental ques-
tions about former Democratic Party
fund-raiser John Huang.
These questions are sprinkled
throughout the 1,500-page draft report
by the Senate Governmental Affai*
Committee's GOP majority. The final
document is scheduled to be released
next week, when Congress returns from
its Presidents' Day recess.
The 20-page unclassified chapter on
the People's Republic of China traces
illegal foreign contributions to the
Democratic National Committee that
were allegedly "facilitated by individuals
with extensive ties to the PRC."

tinental bombing missions without
Designed in the 1970s as a nuclear
bomb-dropper, the plane has been con-
verted since then for conventional mis-
sions and is being deployed to the
Mideast for the first time in a potential
combat role.
Last September, a pilot's attempt to
perform an uncommon but permissible
maneuver led to a crash of a B-11B
bomber that killed all four people
The Air Force reported in December
that the pilot of the S200 million plane

was making a sharp right turn during a
Sept. 19 training mission on the
Montana prairie when the plane
neared stall speed and crashed. The
technique is uncommon, but not for-
That crash was the sixth military air
disaster in a seven-day period, and it
prompted an unprecedented 24-hour
grounding of military planes for safety
However, at 1.37 crashes per 100,000
flying hours in the fiscal year ending
Sept. 30, the Air Force reported it had
its fourth safest year ever.


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appealed, so he must take into account the legal merit of an intervention, not
simply what the University or CIR wants.
Rosa Abreu, an educational staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal
Defense and Educational Fund - another organization leading the coalition -
said the University's and CIR's response motions will state their legal arguments
but will not determine whether the coalition has a legal right to intervene.
"We believe that we are entitled to this intervention as a right under the
law," Abreu said. "Whether the University is supportive in our motion to
intervene will not affect the court's legal analysis."
Johnson said that after next week's deadline to respond, the coalition will
have five days to file a response.
Duggan may allow representatives from the coalition to speak before the
court or simply file written arguments, she said.

Continued from Page :A
for business internships with Ameritech and AAA management. "There was a
large variety of companies offering consulting and management positions, which
is what I am interested in"
Employers were equally excited about finding prospective employees.
"There were many impressive, eager and ambitious students here today and we
received a lot of high-quality candidates for positions to be filled," said Michelle
Warren, a representative of Accountemps, a finance corporation located in Ann
Arbor. "This has always been a very successful job fair."
In addition to organizing job fairs, Lawson said CP&P offers students a wide
range of career services, including assistance with writing resumes, applying to
graduate school and obtaining jobs.
"This is a big event, but it is certainly not the only thing we do," Lawson said.
"We are available to students for any career-related issue"

Northern Ireland
peace tals adjourn
DUBLIN, Ireland - After three
days of filibuster and legal maneu-
ver, stalled Northern Ireland peace
talks adjourned in disarray here
yesterday, with no decision on
whether to expel Sinn Fein, politi-
cal wing of the outlawed Irish
Republican Army.
Despite the unresolved - but
uneven - battle between the British
government, supported by Ireland,
and Sinn Fein, George Mitchell, the
American chair of the peace talks,
told reporters he remains optimistic
that a peaceful settlement for the
divided British province is within
But there was only discord yester-
day, as talks ended for the week
without achieving intentions of
Britain and Ireland to expel Sinn
Fein temporarily because of two
murders in Belfast last week attrib-
uted to the IRA.
Arguing there was no evidence on
which to justify its exclusion, Sinn Fein

asked an Irish court to issue an order
forbidding it. That proceeding, too,
adjourned without decision yesterday.
Sinn Fein will continue arguing it
court case today, but the talks do n
resume until Monday, when they return
to Belfast.
1998 labeled year of
the refugee in Bosnia
DRVAR, Bosnia-Herzegovina -
Drvar, a town of 17,000 before the war
and home to 8,000 today, is symbolic
what is perhaps the thorniest probl
facing NATO leaders preparing to extend
their military mission: how to bring the
refugees home, especially during an
arson wave aimed at intimidating them.;
The U.N. High Commissioner for
Refugees has declared 1998 the year of
the refugee in Bosnia. The commission-
er, Sadako Ogata, says she hopes
225,000 displaced people can return to
their homes by year's end. The refug e
issue, she says, must be a top priority
military planners.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.








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