Valley Independent, The (Newspaper) - April 4, 1975, Monessen, Pennsylvania Weather Clear and cold tonight with low in mid teens. Sunny and milder tomorrow with high in mid 73rd 236 The VALLEY INDEPENDENT The Newspaper of the Votfey Areo Dirty tricks Washington County er MicJtael Flymt charges in primary election cam- paign. See story on page 5. Second Postage P1M V.S. Pwt OWtefc H. FRIDAY APRIL 1975 15c per copy 90e per by carrier Plane with Viet orphans death toll 178 SAIGON A U.S. Air Force CSA Galaxy transport plane carrying 305 most of them Vietnamese war orphans bound for the United States on the first flight of President Ford's emergency Operation crashed and burned here today while at- tempting an emergency land- ing. At least 178 of those aboard the mercy flight were the U.S. Embassy said. Embassy spokesmen said at least 100 children and 15 to 20 and nurses from the Philippines of the world's largest plane. The embassy said the plane carried 243 orphans ranging in age from 8 months to 12 most of them fathered by U.S. servicemen formerly stationed in South The embassy said there also were 44 U.S. Mission 16 Air Force crewmen and two flight nurses. Pentagon said 10 medics and nurses from the Phillipines were The plane was 40 to 60 miles out of Saigon when a rear cargo door blew out from unknown the embassy said. This damaged the Galax- y's elevators as the plane flew at feet. The Maj. Dennis turned back toward Tan Son Nhut airbase but was unable to control the rate of descent and plunged to earth in a swampy area just outside the base. Ruptured fuel tanks burst into sending up towers of smoke that could be seen in six or seven miles away. The CSA was bound for its first stop at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines and President Ford had planned to greet personally the orphans when they arrived in California. The crash sent a wave of shock through the United States where hundreds of families were awaiting to adopt the orphans to be brought there oa the military airlift. A White House awakened at the presidential quarters at Palm described the crash as and Thieu cabinet quits rap at U.S. on aid SAIGON South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu told .the .nation tonight the Cabinet had re- signed and he was forming a new government. Thieu said- American people as well as the American Congress must see now that they have got to do something for the people of South Vietnam to keep from earning the label of He said that with reduced U.S. military aid it was clearly impossible for South Vietnam to maintain control of the entire country. might say that the direct battlefield situation which re- cently occurred of through Thieu said. you also have David J. Koltash Koltash Chamber director Monessen Chamber of Com- merce has a new executive di- rector. He's David J. appointment to the position was announced by Joseph Lopez of Mellon Bank president of the Chamber Koltash se- lected by the Chamber's Exec- utive Committee a Monessen na- succeeds Louis Falbo who resigned the position Feb. 28 to accept an administrative post with Sanitary of Rcstraver Twp. Koltash was hired as an as- sistant to Falbo earlier this year under the new federal Manpower program. When Pal- bo he assumed the job of executive director on an interim basis. has done a good job during the time he filled in as temporary said Lo- pleased to have him on a full-time Koltash said he felt privileg- ed to get the appointment and thanked the Executive Com- mittoe for the faith See KOLTASH-Pagc 2 to admit that the spirit of the people of South Vietnam has been undermined for more than a year since they saw the United States not only did nothing to help but contributed to it by allowing the Commu- nists to infiltrate here. loss of support has caused a loss of morale. The United States has not been replacing military supplies and equipment on a one-for-one basis as agreed in the Paris agreement. saw American soldiers go to war with billion a year. We have a million soldiers but much less money. We now need to see whether America will meet its commitments to South Viet- did not know what American aid would be coming in the next two or three years. How could we not be influenced by that How could we trust the hope the people of America and the American Congress will see our need and the consequences of the actions over the last two years. Help us may recall at area plants due to strike Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp. may begin recalling fur- loughed employes at its Mones- sen and Menport plants if a labor dispute continues at the firm's Steubenvifle The Valley Independent has learned. Around-the-clock preparations reportedly have already begun to relight a second blast fur- nace at the Monessen Plant. This means the recalls could begin as early as next week. The Monessen and A11 en port plants are believed to have about 500 and 250 re- on furlough status. Although W-P declined to comment on the possibility of any a company spokes- man did say W-P was not yet certain what effect the Steuben- ville which began last will have on production at the Allenport and Monessen plants. it has been learned See 22 more effectively to protect our He appealed to the people to maintain their retain their remain avoid panic and listen to and obey the government and administration. will help the Thieu said. call on the the all cadres and civil servants not to listen to untruthful propaganda from the Communists or news reports by both foreign and local jour- nalists. are a number of people in those news agencies and radio broadcast agencies who have been bought off by the Communists to undermine our fighting Thieu pledged a determined stand to defend the remaining portion of South Vietnam. He swore over and again in the rambling speech that he would never agree to any coalition See 2 South Vietnamese troops quickly sealed off the crash an area near the Saigon River which is under partial Communist control. The plane was a mile and a half from the airport when it fell. Many of the dead were children who had been strapped to the floor of the which arrived here earlier todav from the Philtre carrymf artillery nieces and ammunition for hard-pressed South Vietnamese troops strug- gling against Communist forces near the city. Earlier this U.S. AID officials refused to allow the same group of orphans to board a World Airways charter plane because they felt it was unsafe to fly with the youngsters strapped to the floor. It was the first crash of a passenger plane at Tan Son which at the height of the Vietnam War was one of the world's busiest airports. The area of the crash was partially controlled by the Viet Cong but there was no indication the C5A had been snot down. Initial reports said the plane had reached an altitude of feet when the cargo door on the plane blew similar type of incident which caused the crash of a Turkish DClO near Paris on March killing 345 persons in history's worst air disaster. The C5A immediately lost and the pilot tried to return to Saigon. About a mile-and-a-half short of the airfield the plane smacked into some muddy rice paddies and skipped across like a flat rock on a pond. Pentagon officials said fire apparently broke out in a wing when a fuel tank ruptured on impact The huge clouds of billowing smoke coi'M be seen in seven miles away. The first airlift of 52 orphans to the United States arrived Thursday in San Francisco aboard a privately owned World Airways DCS to a country touched by the plight of See 2 IN PLANE CRASH These lour Vietnamese war orphans hold cushions in their laps aboard a USAF CSA which was to carry them away from the war to safety. Minutes after the huge plane crashed and burned. More than half aboard were killed. Donora bridge to start coming down on April 14 By EMMA JENE LELEK Demolition work on the Third St. bridge in Donora will begin April 14. Elliot representing McDonald Asso- borough reported at last night's regular meeting of Donora Borough Council that Bell Telephone Co. had completed working in moving lines from the area and that Secretary Thomas Petrus may inform Crown Construction Co. they may begin to raze the structure. Other business in a key personnel council hir- ed John Kolczun as borough for all 511 taxes in the community. Kolezun already had been hired by the Hinggold School Dis- trict as collector of these special taxes. Action on another important matter failed to mater- ialize when bids from two professional auditing serv- ices differed greatly. Council had requested bids in con- nection with an audit of all taxes for specified periods of time. John F. Seals of Charleroi submitted bids amounting to and Main LaFrance Co. said their fee would not exceed Borough Treasurer Joseph Fraser said he thought the firms were referring to two different types of au- and Solicitor A. R. DeMedio suggested tabling the action until further clarification is obtained from the Charleroi firm. Fraser said both firms had excellent ratings and Council President Robert LaMendola commented the borough already has regular auditors and what is needed now is professional All members voted in favor of a motion to table ac- tion on hiring a firm until a special meeting. Councilman Alan Alvarez asked council to obtain a feasibility report from Mon Valley Council of Govern- ments Major Crimes Regional Police Unit per- taining to how their detectives have benefited Donora in the past 12 months. give the COG police a Alvarez I think we should know what services we get for Alvarez said ne received communication from the state regarding a licensed sewage authority officer the community must have and DeMedio stated that the borough is not permitted to issue construction permits See DONORA-Page 2 Ford orders Navy standby PALM CALIF. o has ordered all available Navy ships to stand by near South Vietnam to assist refugees if necessary. He also set in motion an airlift of South Viet- namese orphans to the United States. Ford announced the actions in a news conference San Diego Thursday and later returned to Palm Springs to meet with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Upon arrival from Washing- ton for the midnight Kissinger told reporters tie Vietnam situation is but in the world our basic foreign policy is intact... What going on there is a Officials in Washington said the ships would be available for various contingencies including evacuation of to Americans and tens of thou- sands of South Vietnamese who have worked closely with should that become necessary. They stressed that so such mass evacuation has been ordered. Four U.S. Navy ships and nine vessels under U.S. contract are now in the picking up those refugees put to sea in small boats The additional ships probably will include two aircraft car- officials said. In his news Ford did not say exactly what their mission have directed all available naval ships to stand off Indochina to do whatever is necessary to he said. But Ford said are 110 plans whatsoever for U.S. military involvement in Viet- The orphan airlift was being flown by giant CSA and other military transport planes from the Philippines and paid' for out See 2 Complaints of overloaded buses in Charleroi By FRITZ HUSMAN With five- buses still off the road because of safety deficien- Charleroi Area School of- ficials today received com- plaints of buses being overload- running and not mak- ing full runs. Acting Superintendent Thom- as Palmer said the accusations of buses being which he learned from The Val- ley is to the best of his knowledge. stress to all our drivers under any to permit more than the legal limit on their buses at any Palmer said. Violators caji be fined or have their driv- er's license he point- ed out. The Independent this morn- ing received a report from a who identified herself only as a parent of a Charle- roi Area High that her son went to school this morn- See BUSES-Page 14 Inside Classified 13 Dear Abby 16 Editorials 4 Feature page 15 Hospital registers 14 Obituaries 14 Prizeword answers 3 Prizeword clues 16 Sports 9 Television news 10 Theatre pages 11 Women's news 7 Spring storm stings Valley Salt crews in April are an ex- but they were the rule early today as the mid-Mon Val- ley felt the sting of the second straight day of winter weatner. Icy roads and sub-freezing temperatures gripped the area last night and this creating hazardous driving in many sections of the Valley. Some salt and cinder crews were on the scene during the night and at but in some areas roads were covered with sheets of ice. State Police were directing traffic on ramps leading to and from Route 51 and Interstate 70 in Rostraver Twp. Other roads were described by motorists as being lo we was terrible last said one motorist. took me a half-hour to get from the Hol- iday Inn to Belle The icy roads caused a num- ber of the worst re- ported by State Police involving five vehicles on thf Belle Vernon cf Interstate 7 last night at According to State Po.iu. vehicle operated by David Kel- ly of W. ran into one driven by Ruth Crawford of 311 Graham Belle Ver- non. The Crawford vehicle then hit another operated by David Baratl of Belle Vemon R D. 2. Another driven by Roy DeWitt Jr. of struck the Kelly and then a vehicle operated by Al- bert 411 Meadow ran into DeWitt's ve- hicle. Nancy of Belle Ver- non E. passenger vid Barati's was admitted to Charleroi Division of Mon Valley Hospital with cervical sprain of the spine. She was re- ported in condi- tion today. Traffic on 1-70 was snarled for some time because of the accident. State Police also are investigating a one-car acci- dent on Interstate near Trocadero Motor Ros- traver last night shortly after 11. The driver and two passengers were taken to Char- leroi Division of Mon Valley Hospital for treatment of injur- ies. Police said Andrew Vargo of Cook Fayette reported to them earJy this morning that the car he was operating skid- ded on the slippery roadway. was treated for tusion of the scalp. Two passen- Barbara 13 of was treated for a wound of the left eyeT and Constance of 227 Bow was treated a skinned knee and contusion of the left hand. In another one-ear accident on Interstate near Route at a.m. Nancy Bishop of skidded on the lost control of her vehicle and ran off the striking guard rails on the north State Police said. West Penn Power Company said it had only a few cases of power failure late yes- terday had all our people back on power by 10 a.m. yesterday said a West Penn See STOKM-Pftge 8 Seven file for seven Carroll study positions Unless there's a mad rush to the Washington County Election Bureau Carroll Twp vot- ers won't have much trouble choosing seven persons to a Government Study Commission in the May 20 primary. According to the Election Bu- reau in only seven persons have filed petitions for the special ballot issue in Car- roll Twp. They Richard E. 190 Ter- race Robert 114 Tower Angelo 1445 Fourth Linda 371 Van Voorhis John Victory Larry 1351 Wickerham Paul Barva. Carroll voters will select per- sons to make up the study com- but they also will de- termine on a or count whether they even want a study commission formed. If the study commission is the seven persons chosen for it will investigate the form of township government and possibly make redommen- dations for changes. at 4 is the dead- line for potential candidates to submit petitions for the ballot positions. Unemployment up WASHINGTON Unemployment soared to 8.7 per cent in a jump of 0.5 per cent that meant nearly 8 million Americans were the government said today. Carroll okay on test bores By FRED HEVTA Carroll Twp. Board of Supervisors last ap- proved a motion to permit contractors to continue test borings in the township prior to bidding on the proposed million sewage project. The vote was with Supervisor Chairman Er- nest Gross voting saying he is upset and puzzled over holes already bored in the including many on township said he saw no reason for addi- tional holes since the engineer Corddry and Carpenter of had already made the ground tests. can't the contractors take the results of the original tests to use as a Gross asked. He said damage to roadways would be excessive if each of the anticipated 20 contractors expected to bid for the work would take similar tests. Ross an engineer for Maiona a Philadelphia based asked the supervisors if he could begin making the tests today. Ludwick said he was willing to conform with regulations set by the including the posting of bond and paying a township employe to work with the firm while they made the tests Ludwick explained he couldn't take the informa- tion acquired by the township engineering firm and had to make additional tests himself. Ludwick explained he would make an estimated 200 tests. Gross said if all 20 contractors would each make 200 more tests it would mean an additional holes in the township. The tests are usually three-inches in diameter See CARROLL-Page 2 Scene this State Police directing traffic on ramps leading to Route 51 from Interstate 70. Charleroi couple packing skiing gear for weekend trip to Somerset County resort. Salt trucks and crews back to snow remov- al work. Birthday greetings being extended to pro- fessor at California State College. Donora man driving to West Newton to pick up papers for work. Two Monongahcla men eating hearty pan- cakes and sausage breakfast before beginning installation of new hot water heater. Small dog huddled in doorway of Hoscoe store to keep warm. Thoughtful woman motorist delaying start at traffic light to allow pedestrians to cross windy McKean in Cbarleroi.