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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
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Vol. 40. No. 20
Thursday, May ?, 1981
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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
"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-
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
"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
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-
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-
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