Pacific Stars And Stripes, March 19, 1969

Pacific Stars And Stripes

March 19, 1969

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - March 19, 1969, Tokyo, JapanVol. 25, No. 77 AN AUTHORIZED PUBLICATION OF THE U.S. ASMED FORCES IN THE FAR EAST Wednesday, Mtttth 19, R,'!£ r Kn IT Plotted? MARACAIBO, Venezuela(UPI)—A high police of- ficial Monday reported"real evidence" of sabotage in the flaming crash of ajVenezuelan jetliner which killed 154 people in theplane and on the ground. The crash, history's worst airdisaster, killed 87 persons aboard and 67 persons on the groundwhen the plane knifed through a working class suburb Sundaylike a roaring ball of flame. At least 125 persons weretreated , for injuries ranging from shock and burns to brokenarms and legs. Pedro Perev/, Perazo, of theVenezuelan Interior (Police) Ministry, told the newspaperUltimas Noticias before going to the crash site that "thepossibility of sabotage is being investigated." He said thegovernment had "real evi- dence" of sabotage, but did notelaborate. Wreckage was scattered overa wide area. Aluminum, and steel mingled with rubble ofwhat once were tidy little con- crete-block homes. The planearced in from a height of about 300 feet, its 50,000 pounds trav-eling in excess of 100 miles an hour, barely two minutes aftertake off. The United States sent asafety expert to Venezuela to aid in the investigation! Offi-cials said Charles S. Collar, head of the National TransportationSafety Board office in Miami, Fla., would remain in Maracai-bo for at least a week. The U.S. Embassy said therewere 46 American citizens aboard the twin-jet DC9 operat-ed by VI ASA airline. They included seven U.S. couples on aSouth American tour who died along with their A m eric a nguide, travelling under the auspices of theTravel agency, Mirage, Calif.Ten of the victims of the plane were employes of the Clark Equipment Co., of Battle Crock, Mich., returning to the United States from a four-day (Continued on Back Page, Col. 2) Sita Worldof lianeho Sees the Hole In Bonk Defense DKEH PARK, N.Y. (UPI)— The Deer Park branch of the Sunrise Federal Savings and Loan Assn.—which did not have a uuanl—was held up by two men recently and robbed of SiUKM),The bank promptly hired a yuard, .".nv-,- him a pistol, and i.o!d him i>-< ;juarii the ban!-, Hit the By 1ST LT. PERRY FLIPPIN S&S Washington Bureau YOJU, Korea—Almost 2,0.00 American and Korean paratroopers in Exercise Focus Retina made a clockwork, near-flawless drop over the Han River bottom Monday to scatter a mythical aggressor and end the longest airborne assault in history. It was all over for the fictitious forces 6f Hatarkal,which last Saturday invaded Charang, as exactly 1,905 olive-colored parachutes snapped open above Yoju, 40miles southeast of Seoul, They belonged to members of the Republic of Korea Special Forces—and soldiers of the 82d Airborne Div. who left their base at Fort Bragg, N.C.,and flew 8,500 miles from Pope AFB to take part in a mock war that angry North Koreans charged was gearedto "aggravate tension and unleash another war in Korea." First out of gleaming canopy of C141 • StarHfters, which camein three majestic waves and were bracketed by C130 Hercules from a nearby Korean airfield, was Maj. Gen. John R. D'eane, whocommands the 82nd. The general, and a number "of other men landed in a stream—and this unfortunately wasn't the day's worstmishap. As the last flight of C130s droned over, a gusting 10 m. p. h.surface wind billowed up and blew some of the paratroopers away from Drop Zone One. They landed .hard and 24 injuries were re-ported—considered light for an airborne assault. Five of those hurt were taken to the 121st Evacuation Hospital (Continued on Back Page, Col, 1) 'Pueblo: Rules Be Damned' WASHINGTON (UPI)—The former U.S. military commander in the Pacificsaid Monday the United States "might have precipi-tated World War III" had it gone belatedly to the aidof the USS Pueblo, Retired Adm. U. S. GrantSharp told a special congres- sional subcommittee examiningthe Pueblo seizure by North Korea that regardless of any"rules of engagement" he would have sent planes to help theintelligence ship if they had been available early enough. But he agreed under question- ing that any U. S. action after the vessel was firmly in the Communists' hands would have been too risky. As for coming to the Pueblo's rescue while it and its captors were still at sea, Sharp said: "Th<» rules didn't make a damn' bit of difference 1 would have done what \\as best."Besides, Sharp said, he knew of no rules that would have prevented American planes from operating \\itlnn North Korea's 12 mile limit after Communist gunlwaih capturedthe intelligence ship Jan. 23, The reason aircraft uou* not sent, lie '•aid, \»;e be. ,n.-ii the only piopeilv etn ones v ere too far au.r tu et l!> the scene in tune ! 1 ' h Shaip fold ih* ,K" ' ! ti med 1 ei \ KV " llhi -tiiij i. s • 'I'M lie