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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - September 22, 1997, Tokyo, Japan Clintonthreatens toveto schoolsbill/10Family, diplomats mournofficials killed in crash/5Ohio Statehangs on tobeatArizona/40MONDAY, SEPT. 22,1997 2B<*fJ)T106 52nd YearNo. 264 50$Killer viewPatrick Buffett/StripesMarine Corps family member Austin Cox, 3, checks out aWeapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regimentequipment display during the MCAS Futenma Flightline Fair onSaturday. The event wrapped up Sunday evening.Witness says B-1was flying low, slowBY BRIAN WITTEThe Associated PressALZADA, Mont — The AirForce B-1B bomber that rippeda half-mile gouge across theprairie, killing its four crewmembers, was flying lower andslower than normal militaryflights in the area, a ranchersaid Saturday."I thought that was kind ofstrange, but they do all kinds ofdifferent maneuvers out there,"Jim Watts said.Watts, 41, who was herdingcattle near an Air Force train-ing area in southeastern Mon-tana, said the B-1B "came overme real low and it was flyingexceptionally slow for as low astilt was flying exceptionally slow for as lowas it was, I thought.^Jim Watts, Montana rancherit was, I thought. Normallythey're flying twice as fast asthat."The crew of the plane fromthe 28th Bomb Wing had beenpracticing low-level maneuvers,which usually are performed ataltitudes of 400 to 1,000 feetand speeds of 550 mph, Col.Will Fraser, the wing com-mander, said at Ellsworth AirForce Base near Rapid City,S.D., about 100 miles to thesoutheast.There was no evidence thecrew sent a distress signal be-fore Friday's crash, and investi-gators had not yet found thePlease see CRASH, Page 6US. troops returnsacred icon to KoreaBY Louis ARANAStripes Seoul BureauSEOUL — As Air Force StaffSgt. Jack Kudla searchedthrough the smoldering ruins ofSeoul's St. Nicholas Churchduring the Korean War, hespotted something he recog-nized immediately as being ex-tremely valuable to his RussianOrthodox religion.It was a purple velvet tapes-try, embroidered with gold andsilver thread and bearing ahand-painted image of Christ.The former altar boy told ac-quaintances later that thechurch already had been van-dalized and he feared that if hedidn't retreive it, "the Commu-nists would destroy it."He packed the 15-pound cloth— called a Plashchanitsa byRussian Orthodox devotees andEpitaphios in the Greek Ortho-dox religion — securely andmailed it for safekeeping to hisown church, in St. Michael's inRankin, Pa. It was used thereduring Good Friday services forseveral years, then was storedin the attic of the Pennsylvaniachurch's parish house and near-ly forgotten.St. Nicholas now is a GreekOrthodox cathedral, and BishopSotirios Trambas, who headsIrana/StripesTRAMBAS: Icon recoveredthe religion in Korea, said heand other parishioners hadthought that the icon "was de-stroyed and lost forever" alongwith other church artifacts thatPlease see ICON, Page 6