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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - November 2, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Election 94 Inside Vol 144 No 60 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Wednesday Nov 50 cents Plane circled for 32 minutes Identification begins today ROSELAWN Ind AP Flight 4184 Hew in a holding pat tern for 32 minutes then descend ed to feet in rough weather when air traffic controllers asked it to hold for 10 more minutes Thank the pilot acknowl edged Those were the last words controllers heard from the crew of the American Eagle commuter plane Three minutes later the plane disappeared from radar screens All 68 people aboard were killed Monday when the plane slammed into a muddy soybean field dur ing a driving rainstorm Two inflight weather advisories had been issued for turbulence and icing said National Trans portation Safety Board chairman Jim Hall Investigators were checking the planes voice data recorder to see if the pilot received the warnings It is not unusual for planes to fly in holding patterns for 32 minutes said David Hinson an administra tor with Federal Aviation Admin istration Planes are sometimes held for two to three hours he said Hall who described the last minutes of Flight 4184 at a news conference said preliminary tran scripts show there were no trans missions or distress signals after the pilots agreed to circle for 10 minutes more Investigative efforts since the crash have been hampered by rain and mud but todays sunrise was bright with only a few high clouds in the sky NTSB officials prepared to begin carrying out the remains of the 64 passengers and four crew members to a tempo rary morgue at a nearby National Guard armory Sgt Jerry Parker of the Indiana State Police said about 75 people were working at the crash site mis morning although no body parts had been removed yet The work ers included about 30 FBI investi gators who began trying to identi fy the remains Several offroad vehicles and refrigeration trucks were standing by for the removal of the body parts expected to begin later today Parker said Yesterday they were trying to grid off the scene Today they will A field near Roselawn is strewn with debris from the crash of American Eagle Flight 4184 AP photo Victims were businessmen vacationers By The Associated Press Brief biographical information as available on those killed in the crash of American Eagle flight 4184 Crew members Pilot Orlan do Aguiar 29 He had logged flighthours since 1991 when Ameri can Eagle started puterizing its records He joined the air line seven years ago Copilot Jeffrey Gagliano 30 He had logged hours since 1991 and worked for the airline for five years Flight attendant Sandi Modaff 27 joined American Eagle in 1988 Flight attendant Amanda Hoi berg 23 joined the airline Oct 6 Passengers Jeff Burrell 22 Salisbury had graduated from the Universi ty or Massachusetts in February and was visiting a friend at Indi ana State University Ian Garbutt 33 Hertzepool England a former rugby club player thought to have come to see a Chicago Bears game Peter Johnson Piedmont a Wisconsin native who moved to California 20 years ago was in the software business David Landes 32 of Indianapo lis worked for Physicians Practice Related story Complete list of crash vic tims Page AS Related photo Delco flag Page A2 Management enroute to Swedish American Hospital in Rockford 111 Ken Leech 52 Preston England a Free Methodist minister had been to a church conference in Indianapolis and was someone who loved people and liked to be with a colleague said Anthony Moore 26 Seattle had worked since May at the Eastside Family YMCA in Bellevue as a director of youth development and had a wonderful a colleague said Parmar Sutton Coldfield England a very charming a neighbor said had attended the Indianapolis church conference Alan Ramm 55 from Garstang an assistant to Ken Leech had attended the Indianapolis church conference William Reading 34 Blooming ton a British citizen and lin guist who taught at Montreal Uni versity had waved goodbye to his wife Indiana University professor Diane Elam who returned home from the airport to learn the plane had crashed Hamilton Lee and Bernice Stack house of Tucson an entre preneuring couple who headed several privately held businesses were returning home after spend ing time at their farm in West Bay denFrench Lick Ind Javier Sayles of Mexico had been visiting family in southern Indi ana David Sheilberg 27 Norman a Purdue University meteo rology graduate spent the week end attending Purdue homecom ing activities in West Lafayette and had lectured National Weath er Service officials in Indianapolis on severe weather monitoring Betty Tweedie 61 Renfrew Scotland an elder at Renfrew Trinity Church whose death left the minister shocked and had attended the Indi anapolis church conference Thomas H Wright 47 Indi anapolis an executive with Dow Elanco a joint venture of Dow Chemical and Eli Lilly and was traveling to Europe be going from grid to grid to gath er the body Some parts will be identified at the morgue some may require further investigation at other labs he said Its very painstaking It takes a lot of time Right now theyre going in and going through the Parker said It could take from a week to a month to recover all the body parts and debris Parker said Friends mourn crash victims By Kokomo Tribune staff Family friends and colleagues mourned the loss of four Delco Electronics Corp employees killed in an American Eagle plane crash near Roselawn Monday David A Snyder of Kokomo Richard G Cunningham of Wal ton Bradley R Stansberry of Anderson and John J MacDonald of Carrriel were on the turbo prop jet en route from Indianapolis to Chicago to catch connecting over seas flights Shyder Cunningham and Mac Donald were going to Brazil where Delco operates a manufac turing customer support center and joint venture Stansberry who had just spent 10 days with his parents and family in Anderson was returning to a temporary assignment with Delco in Ger many Cunninghams name was released by airline officials late Tuesday afternoon Delco Electronics officials have assigned a human resources spe cialist to the family of each victim to assist in any said Delco spokesman Milton Beach In memory of the victims the Delco flag is flying at half staff at the companys corporate head quarters The crash took a heavy toll on Delcos international operations the companys fastestgrowing unit Snyder 58 was manager of operations support for Delcos international activities He joined Delco in April 1965 Cunningham 51 was a senior staff assistant with Delcos finan cial staff He joined the automo tive electronics firm in July 1962 MacDonald 32 was a market ing specialist and joined Delco in February 1989 Stansberry 27 was a project engineer and joined the automo tive electronics firm in January 1990 Donald J Almquist former chairman and chief executive offi cer of Delco worked closely with Please see Friends Page A8 Inside Business Classified Local News of Part of KHS downtown campus would remain By TR1SHA TURNER Tribune staff writer Part of Kokomo High School downtown campus would be spared the wrecking ball under one of three alternatives to Koko moCenter School 21st Century Plan released Tuesday The options which also address concerns about Darrough Chapel and Washington schools will be submitted to KokomoCenter School Board at its Monday meet ing But no action on the issue will be requested from members at that time The alternatives were developed by KokomoCenter administrators based on concerns raised at public forums conducted last month to hear comment on the 21st Century Plan We believe public schools ought to receive input and respond as best they Super intendent Roger W Thornton said Three years in the making the 21st Century Plan outlines recom mendations to enhance education at KokomoCenter Schools Thornton presented the plan formulated by community mem bers and school administrators in September Several schools including Koko mo High School downtown cam pus and Washington School would be closed or demolished under the plan outlined in Sep tember Those proposals plus one mat would convert Darrough Chapel School from an elementary to a middle school werepinpoint ed by Thornton as those drawing the most public concern Under the alternatives Alternatives Under KokomoCenter Schools 21st Century Plan alternatives announced Tuesday the school board could choose to Retain the newest portion of Kokomo High School down town campus built in 1972 for use by Head Start pupils special education support services and administrative offices The rest of the building would be demolished and the current administra tion building could be leased until an alternative use is deter mined Lincoln School proposed as the Head Start site in the original plan could be sold t Washington School open perhaps as an alternative school The building originally proposed for that use Columbian School could be sold Leave Darrough Chapel as an elementary school and replace it with Bon Air School on the list of three middle school sites announced Tuesday the school board could choose to keep part of KHS downtown campus open for use by Head Start and special education support services and as administrative offices keep Wash ington School open as an alterna tive school and make Bon Air School instead of Darrough Please see Part Page A8