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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - March 19, 1969, Tokyo, Japan Vol. 25, No. 77 AN AUTHORIZED PUBLICATION OF THE U.S. ASMED FORCES IN THE FAR EAST Wednesday, Mtttth 19,R,'!£rKnIT Plotted?MARACAIBO, Venezuela(UPI)—A high police of-ficial Monday reported"real evidence" of sabotagein the flaming crash of ajVenezuelan jetliner whichkilled 154 people in theplane and on the ground.The crash, history's worst airdisaster, killed 87 persons aboardand 67 persons on the groundwhen the plane knifed through aworking class suburb Sundaylike a roaring ball of flame.At least 125 persons weretreated , for injuries rangingfrom shock and burns to brokenarms and legs.Pedro Perev/, Perazo, of theVenezuelan Interior (Police)Ministry, told the newspaperUltimas Noticias before going tothe crash site that "thepossibility of sabotage is beinginvestigated." He said thegovernment had "real evi-dence" of sabotage, but did notelaborate.Wreckage was scattered overa wide area. Aluminum, andsteel mingled with rubble ofwhat once were tidy little con-crete-block homes. The planearced in from a height of about300 feet, its 50,000 pounds trav-eling in excess of 100 miles anhour, barely two minutes aftertake off.The United States sent asafety expert to Venezuela toaid in the investigation! Offi-cials said Charles S. Collar, headof 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 citizensaboard the twin-jet DC9 operat-ed by VI ASA airline. Theyincluded seven U.S. couples on aSouth American tour who diedalong with their A m eric a nguide, travelling under theauspices of theTravel agency,Mirage, Calif.Ten of the victims of theplane were employes of theClark Equipment Co., of BattleCrock, Mich., returning to theUnited States from a four-day(Continued on Back Page, Col. 2)Sita Worldof lianehoSees the HoleIn Bonk DefenseDKEH PARK, N.Y. (UPI)—The Deer Park branch of theSunrise Federal Savings andLoan Assn.—which did not havea uuanl—was held up by twomen recently and robbed ofSiUKM),The bank promptly hired ayuard, .".nv-,- him a pistol, andi.o!d him i>-< ;juarii the ban!-,Hit theBy 1ST LT. PERRY FLIPPINS&S Washington BureauYOJU, Korea—Almost 2,0.00 American andKorean paratroopers in Exercise Focus Retinamade a clockwork, near-flawless drop over theHan River bottom Monday to scatter a mythicalaggressor and end the longest airborne assaultin history.It was all over for the fictitious forces 6f Hatarkal,which last Saturday invaded Charang, as exactly 1,905olive-colored parachutes snapped open above Yoju, 40miles southeast of Seoul, They belonged to members ofthe Republic of Korea Special Forces—and soldiers of the82d Airborne Div. who left their base at Fort Bragg, N.C.,and flew 8,500 miles from Pope AFB to take part in amock 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 froma nearby Korean airfield, was Maj. Gen. John R. D'eane, whocommands the 82nd. The general, and a number "of other menlanded 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 awayfrom 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 BeDamned'WASHINGTON (UPI)—The former U.S. militarycommander in the Pacificsaid Monday the UnitedStates "might have precipi-tated World War III" hadit gone belatedly to the aidof the USS Pueblo,Retired Adm. U. S. GrantSharp told a special congres-sional subcommittee examiningthe Pueblo seizure by NorthKorea that regardless of any"rules of engagement" he wouldhave sent planes to help theintelligence ship if they hadbeen available early enough.But he agreed under question-ing that any U. S. action afterthe vessel was firmly in theCommunists' hands would havebeen too risky.As for coming to the Pueblo'srescue while it and its captorswere still at sea, Sharp said:"Th<» rules didn't make a damn'bit of difference 1 would havedone what \\as best."Besides, Sharp said, he knewof no rules that would haveprevented American planesfrom operating \\itlnn NorthKorea's 12 mile limit afterCommunist gunlwaih capturedthe intelligence ship Jan. 23,The reason aircraft uou* notsent, lie '•aid, \»;e be. ,n.-ii theonly piopeilv e tn onesv ere too far au.r tu et l!> thescene in tune ! 1 ' hShaip fold ih* ,K" ' ! ti med1 ei \ KV " llhi -tiiij i. s • 'I'M lie
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