Po 12-Friday May 29, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Continues On To Hit More Pia
NAVY OFFICIALS SAID yesterday that pilot error may have caused the fires Marine 1st Lt. Steve White, began to drift to the right as it approached the ship
flight deck crash on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz which killed 14 men and in- at nine minutes before midnight. He said the right wing dipped and hit another
jured 48 others Tuesday night. The aircraft hit 19 parked jets, destroying four of plane moored on the flight deck, spinning the Prowler into other parked jets and
them, and began a chain of devastating explosions, including the detonations of torching a fireball of fuel that engulfed scrambling crewmen. Among the dead
two Sparrow air-to-air missiles. "Every facet of the tragedy is going to be was airman Patrick Louis of Westland, Mich. The injured included Airman
studied," Pentagon sposesman Henry Catto said. He said Defense Secretat'y Bryan Jeans of Oxford, Mich., and Petty Officer 2nd Class Steve Casterling of
Caspar Weinberger was "completely bowled over by the sadness" of the ac- Blissfield, Mich.
cident. Kinnear said videotapes showed the Grumman-built Prowler, piloted by
From AP and UPI
DAMOUR, Lebanon (AP)-Israeli jets blasted
Palestinian bases in Lebanon yesterday, reportedly
knocking out four Libyan surface-to-air missile bat-
teries and leaving 20 people deadl and three wounded.
Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel said
Libyan forces are in Lebanon and are "asking to be
Begin ssid SAM-9 missiles were deployed in the
Naameh-Damour area roughly 12-15 miles south of
Beirut. Neither Libyans nor truck-mounted missiles
were visible to this reporter in parts of the area
toured over the weekend and yesterday. The
Palestine Liberation Organization denied there were
any Libyans or SAM-9s in Lebanon.
THE PLO SAID 18 civilians and two guerrillas
were killed and three other guerrillas wounded by the
Israeli jets, which conducted raids lasting more than
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Begin said yesterday
he will meet Egyptian President Anwar Sadat next
Thursday for their first summit in 17 months to
discuss Middle East developments, particularly the
missile crisis in Lebanon.
The half-day meeting will take place in Ofira, for-
merly the Egyptian naval base of Sharm El-Sheikh,
at the southern tip of the Israeli-occupied Sinai
THE SIXTH Begin-Sadat meeting since the Egyp-
tian leader first visited Jerusalem in 1977 comes less
than a month before national voting in which Begin
The surprise announcement of the June 4 summit
was made as Israeli warplanes attacked Palestinian
guerrilla targets in Lebanon and destroyed 16 SAM-9
missiles. Israel did not attack the larger Syrian SAM-
6 missiles which are at the heart of the current crisis.
A spokesman for Begin said the talks-the first
meeting between the two leaders since January 1980
in Egypt-were proposed so Begin could ask Sadat's
advice on the missile crisis "instead of sending
messages to each other through ambassadors."
Begin told Israel's armed forces radio, "Par-
titcularly at this time it is appropriate that we ex-
change views freely and discuss everything."
In Cairo, Egyptian officials declined to comment on
Thatcher visits N. Ireland
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -
British Prime Minister Margaret That-
cher, on a surprise visit here yesterday,
accused the Irish Republican Army of
seeking "dictatorship by force and by
fear." In Londonderry, an undercover
British soldier shot and killed two IRA
gunmen who fired on his car.
Provisional Sinn Fein, the IRA
political wing, meanwhile, said Martin
Hurson, 27, would join the hunger strike
at Maze prison, replacing Brendan
McLaughlin, who ended his fast Wed-
nesday because of stomach ulcers and
internal bleeding. The four are trying to
win political status for Irish nationalist
MRS. THATCHER, arriving unan-
nounced for a one-day visit, was
surrounded by a surging crowd
estimated in the hundreds as she made
her way to the main shopping district of
the provincial capital.
Most of the crowd cheered and ap-
plauded, but some girls shouted "Mur-
derer!" as armed plainclothes police
escorted Mrs. Thatcher through the
noontime crush of shoppers.
The two-thirds Protestant majority of
Northern Ireland supports the British
government's refusal to give in to IRA
hunger strikers. Four of the fasting
prisoners have died this month.
Mrs. Thatcher pledged she would
never "legitimize" the IRA's cause by
granting the hunger strikers' demands.
The IRA is seeking to unite the British
province with the neighboring Irish
republic, which is 97 percent Roman
THE PRIME minister's visit to
Belfast was kept secret until just before
her arrival at Aldergrove Royal Air
Force Base. Her London office said
there was no "special reason" for the
visit here, her fourth since 1979 and
second in three months.
Mrs. Thatcher has been under in-
creasing pressure from Protestants to
take a stronger stand against the IRA,
and from politicians in the Irish
republic and the United States to show
more flexibility in resolving the crisis
over the hunger strikers.
But she told reporters, "No one in any
responsible position, or in religion, has
urged me to give political status, or
anything like special category status"
to the IRA prisoners.
"We are doing everything to help the
people of Northern Ireland to help
themselves out of this difficult
situation," she said.
"I cannot pull solutions out of the
hat ... we are winning the war against
The prime minister concedgl that the
victory by hardline Protestant leader
the Rev. Ian Paisley in last week's local
government elections had "slightly in-
creased polarization" between
Catholics and Protestants.