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Post-Herald (Newspaper) - March 28, 1977, Beckley, West Virginia BECKLEY 12-County Regional News Service W. Monday March 28, 1977 Volume 69 2 Cents 514 Killed On Jets SANTA CRUZ DE Canary Islands Two giant jetliners col- and burned on a foggy runway Sunday on this Spanish island and airport of- feared at least 514 persons were killed This would make it the greatest tragedy in aviation A spokesman for the Dutch airline KLM said all 235 passengers and 1 4 crew members aboard its Boeing 747 were killed when it collided with a Pan American Boeing 747. Pan American in London said their plane was carrying 380 passengers and 16 In Los where the Pan American flight officials said the plane ted 370 Airport officials said 109 passengers and an unknown number of crew members had survived from the Pan American KLM president Sergio reported the Dutch plane was traveling at a takeoff speed of about 156 miles per hour when it collided with the Pan American craft that also was maneuvering for Pan American officials in New York said that the Pan American plane was crossing a runway when the collision took place and that both planes were in the process of taking off. Both airlines repeatedly revised the number of people believed aboard the KLM said its passengers included 25 young children and six Pan American reported its jet picked up 14 in a stop at New York rather than the 16 announced It said no casualty lists would be provided until relatives of victims had been The Spanish news agency Cifra said 570 people had been killed and at least 67 49 Both planes were carrying tourists on charter trips and both had been diverted from intended landings on a sister island at Las Palmas because of a terrorist bomb blast said the KLM plane had not refueled at Santa but the Pan American plane had taken on a full load shortly before taking off. In Antonio leader of a left-wing group seeking independence for the Canary said his organization had planted the Las Palmas In a telephone interview from he said Spanish authorities were responsible for the disaster Spaniards did not want the damage so they diverted the he Ansted Area Blazes Raze Barns By JUDITH PAINTER Staff Writer ANSTED Arson is in a rash of fires that destroyed a Baptist church and four barns in the Ansted area between a.m. and a.m. the Fayette County Sheriff's Department Damages in five fires been at about f Paige Skaggs assistant fire chief of the Ansted Fire Skaggs reported only minor damage in another fire which also apparently was The investigation has been turned over to the Fayette County sheriff's detective officers The fire marshal's office in Charleston will be asked Monday also to investigate the Skaggs and deputies Fireman reported all the fires were within a 10-mile radius of Ansted and were within a The Ansted Skaggs received the first when neighbors apparently thought the home of Hugh Cavendish of Saturday Road was on Skaggs it was the Cavendish barn which was destroyed by time firemen Damage was estimated at by The second and third fires also were barn Skaggs The second fire at a barn owned by W. M. also of the Saturday was answered at a.m. by 15 Ansted Damage to the barn and old farm housed there was at he When answering the third call at a bam owned by a Seacrist family living in the firemen received a call that the Beauty Mountain Church at mond was Firemen said that by the time they traveled the eight miles to the church the roof already had caved in. Deputies said the blaze apparently started in the basement around the Damage to the building was estimated at and to the Skaggs damage to the Seacrist barn located near Hico set at Deputies said that by the time they arrived at the 4 a.m. church the woods around the big brick church had caught fire but firemen were the blaze by raking the half-acre Several power poles and lines also were officers The fifth fire was reported at Skaggs adding that firemen were able to extinguish the blaze with only minor damage reported to a barn owned by R. C. also of Saturday The about 11 mites from the was reported by Assisting the Ansted firemen were five members of the Gauley Bridge These Skaggs were on standby to take town calls since all of Ansted's equipment was be- ing used on the out-of-town Skaggs said the sixth which Pige Blazing Wreckage Airport Seminary Brothers Are Also Firemen Ohio When the fire alarm sounds in this rural farming community with a population of 85, Brother Augustine Kruck grabs his helmet and leads his men into He and five other members of the Roman Catholic Society of the Precious Blood plus two laymen form the St. Charles Seminary fire department Brother Gus is the fire but he didn't volunteer I was pointed by a In addition to being alert for fires in the department monitors alarms from other Mercer County communities in west-central Ohio near the Indiana A recent call was to help with a blaze in an automobile agency in helped a little bit at Brother Gus have been three barn fires we've assisted and we sent some men to help at other The St. Charles fire company started in 1969 when the bought a used 1948 pumper which can pump 500 gallons of water per Fire de- p a r t m e n t s around Mercer County donated more equipment Man Prepare Hospitals Brace For Strike Appalachian Regional Hospitals in Beckley and Man have begun preparations for a possible strike that could affect nine facilities in the Members of the United Steel Workers representing about hospital Friday rejected what the ARH called its final According to Edad chairman of the union's negotiating the union will strike the ARH hospitals in West and Virginia if a new contract isn't signed before the old pact expires April 1. still hope to avert the said Rex ARH director of public in- formation and hope to go into binding About members of the union struck ARH for more than four months in 1974 before a settlement was In preparation for the officials at the Beckley ARH which has 202 are to limit admissions to care for 70 to 75" cording to The hospital has already begun to limit he Despite the limited the Beckley hospital suspend all tions if the strike is continuing on April Bailey hospital officials will monitor the situation and transfer patients to other hospitals if the need At the hospital's board to continue all services on a limited Bailey they are going to try to limit the number of to a maximum of 20, but all ancillary services and other vices of the hospital will remain Bailey emphasized that the responsibility to take a specific action rests with the local hospital which consults with the medical staff of its ARH has offered a wage increase of 25 cents an hour for the first 19 cents an hour in the second and 17 cents an hour in the third Bailey The complete with fringe would cost an estimated additional million over the he But Hutchinson said the union considers the company's offer not enough he are people working in these are existing at the poverty who are on food The employes are not sharing in the increases in in Blue in all types of insurance that these hospitals are Hutchinson Vance Won't Meet Dissidents In Soviet Weather Chances of showers or thundershowers this after- noon through Highs in the low 70s, lows in the per 40s. There's a 40 per cent chance of rain today and a 50 per cent chance Winds will be from the south at 10 to 20 miles per on Page 2) 3 Comics Dear Abby Editorial Science Sports MOSCOW Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance said Sunday he turned down a request for meetings with Soviet dissidents so he could devote all his time to nuclear arms control talks with Kremlin Vance arrived in the Soviet capital Saturday night carrying a proposal for a comprehensive arms control under which the United State and the Soviet Union would make in their strategic The secretary told reporters on the eve of Monday's first round of talks that he hoped make real ward establishing a framework for future negotiations on a second strategic arms limitation Other topics expected to be discussed before Vance's departure Thursday in- clude bilateral the Middle East and the secretary Asked by reporters if he would meet with dissidents while in Vance said no. But he revealed dis- Overrun Zaire Railway Town Zaire Invading militiamen have overrun the im- portant road and rail town of only 60 mites from the center of Kolw e z reliable independent sources reported But an official spokesman in the Zairean capital insisted which had been the operational command post of the Zaire remained in government The said all contact with the located in the southern Shaba was lost early Shaba was formerly called The local railroad stationmaster reached a village halfway down the railroad to and reported that the rebels were warmly welcomed by many of sources sident group which he did not identify had a reply was I was going to devote all of my time in the period that I was here working on the matters that I came to Vance Checks with major dissident including Andei failed to turn up anyone who acknowledged seeking a meeting with Soviet officials have warned that President Carter's public support of dis- might jeopardize chances for a new arms control Last Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev said normal development of relations was as long as the United States used the issue of human rights to in Soviet in- ternal In a commentary published the Communist party newspaper Pravda said is for im- in tions and charged that made by the Democrats actively to develop peaceful relations with the U.S.S.R. have not yet been substantiated by Pravda also accused American of- of making at- tempts at interfering in the internal fairs of our country on a farfetched plea of of human The secretary spent his first full day in Moscow consulting with his staff and U.S. Ambassador Malcolm Toon in preparation for Monday's He was also scheduled to attend the Bolshoi Ballet and dine at Vance received a warm welcome at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport from Foreign Minister Andrei who accompanied him on the 20-minute drive to the U.S. Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital Police Weekend Busy Embezzlement Suspect On Bond Frank Box 308, charged with embezzling from Warren's Exxon at Valley Drive and West Neville was ar- rested by Raleigh County sheriff's deputies arrested for grand was released on f bond set by Magistrate T. Herb Bowyers is to appear before Magistrate Lorena Wallace fora hearing Bowyers was accused of taking a 16- cashier's check from Frank owner of the in ex- change for two wrecking He was alleged to have cashed the check at a local bank for smaller After he did not return with the the warrant was issued last Police say that one of the trucks has been Sheriff's deputies also arrested three Stanaford youths on charges of sion of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a Stanley Dean 19, Patrick Lloyd 20, and a 16 year old juvenile were arrested Sunday They arc to appear before a magistrate Veronica Mae 32, of Charleston was released Sunday on bond on charges of assault and littering and She appeared before Magistrate Sheriff's deputies also arrested Paul D. 24, of Prosperity late Saturday night on charges of carrying a deadly and dangerous weapon and in- Magistrate Wills released Loudermilk on his own recognizance until his A Midway juvenile Sunday was fined on charges of no no operator's license and Page 5)
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