European Stars And Stripes, May 7, 1981

European Stars And Stripes

May 07, 1981

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Issue date: Thursday, May 7, 1981

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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 7, 1981, Darmstadt, HesseAll 21 aboard AF jet killed in Md. crash Just another prize (yawn) Snoopy looks «s though winning prizes U > part of his everyday routine and nothing «t ill to get excited about. The couUi rt-tare-less canine is at a chil- dren's dog snow in Bremerhaten, Ger- many, and he's wearing tbv outfit that won him first prize in the best-costume competition. Amused at Snoopy's non- chalant acceptance of victory is his own- er, Thomas R. Breen, 13. (For details of the event, and photos of other winners, see Page 3.) — S 4 S, Rudi Williams AUTHOIIIIED UNOFFICIAL PUBLICATION FOB THE Ul AHMED FOBCEt Vol. 40. No. 20 Thursday, May ?, 1981 '* °°'" M Su"*" IF 21855 A From press dispatches WALKERSVILLE, Md. — An Air Force plane blew up Wednesday over western Maryland and plummeted like a "fireball" into a field, killing all 21 per- sons aboard, state police said. Witnesses said wreckage and debris were strewn over at least two square miles of farmland about 45 miles west of Balti- more. The fuselage fell in one flaming mass about 200 yards from a row of homes and adjacent to a railroad track. "There are no survivors." said Cpl Robert Hillncr, a spokesman for the state police in nearby Frederick. "That's all I can tell you now." Military and civilian officials said radio and radar contact was lost with the plane when it was at about 28,000 feet. Frank Harris, an insurance salesman from nearby Emmcltsburg, said he was driving down a road when he heard about three loud "booms" overhead. 'I... saw a fireball' "It shook the car, and I pulled off the road," he said. "I looked up and saw a fireball come down in the field." Residents who w!:ncsscd the crash just north' of this western Maryland commu- nity also described the $50 million EC-135 plane as a "ball of fire" before it struck the ground. "There were bodies all over the place," said state police Lt. Grovcr Sensabaugh. "It apparently blew up in the air," said A.E. Applcby, police communications offi- cer at the Frederick state police barracks. The Pentagon said the aircraft was based at Wright Patterson AFB in Day- ton, Ohio, where il was assigned to the 4950th Test Wing. The Air Force said the plane was carry- ing sophisticated radar equipment, unclas- sified documents and equipment used to track missiles and satellites. It was on a lest flight and left the base early Wednes- day morning. Gathering documents State police arrived and quickly began gathering papers and other documents that spilled from the aircraft. Sgt. Gene Norton, a spokesman at An- drews AFB, said there were no classified documents on board. The Pentagon said the plane is a mili- tary version of the Boeing 707 jetliner. Tlicre were no injuries to persons on the ground, state police said. The area in central Frederick County was sealed off by state police, and military officials from nearby Fort Dctrick were sent to the scene. Local radio stations were asked. 10 broadcast state police requests that resi- dents who found documents from the air- craft turn them in to local authorities, ac- cording to Jane English of W/YQ-I M in Frederick. "Il was just terrible. If anyone survived il would be a miracle," said Helen drecn. on whose farm the plane crashed "I heard a rcur and then, when n crushed, the windows sluxtk." added -\r- abelle Boone, who lives .UT-.^S the ro id from the site. Authorities made a '.liouldcr-lo-shoul- dcr sweep of the Meld where the wreckage fell, marking with stakes the sites where they found bodies or parts of bodies. Newspaper photographers at the scene reported that their film was confiscated bv authorities. The aircraft crashed shortly before I I a.m. about a mile from the center of this community of K.OOO, according to William Adams, a dispatcher at the lire depart- ment. Britain sends more troops to N. Ireland Bl-LI AST. Northern Ireland I MM Britain announced il was sending troop re- inforcements to Northern Ireland Wednes- day as the province braced Tor Ircsli vio- lence following the death oi Irish Republican Army hunger striker Hobtn Sands. (Related stories, PURC 13.) A Defense Ministry announi.cM.em in London said 600 men from the army's Tire- force "Spearhead" Battalion, the Ro\.il Regiment of Wales, were expected in arrive in the province Thursday morning when thousands of Roman Catholics were due to take part in Sands' funeral. The troops are the first reinforcement sent to this strife-torn British prminee in more than two years. The British arm> has 11,100 men in the province. The Defense Ministry said army com- mander Gen. Sir Richard Law son had asked for reinforcements. Harlier. convicted Irish nationalist guer- rillas in the Ma/e Prison vowed that hunger strikes would continue until Britain yielded to Sands' demands — which amount to po- litical prisoner status for jailed guerrillas. The pledge came in a statement from the 440 Irish nationalist guerrillas in the prison. 12 miles from here, as a steady stream nl mourners filed past Sands' coffin in his family's home in Belfast's Twinbrook dis- trict. Apart from sporadic stone throwing In Roman Catholic youths, Bellas! was b\ ear- ly afternoon at its quietest MIKC Sands. .: gunman of the outlawed IR \ and receruK elected member ul British Ktrii.imcm. died in the Ma/e earls lucsd.iv on the f

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