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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 4, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 93RD YEAR, NO. 291 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL 4, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Prta >'vtX-tf X ;-5 i. ..K Divine Help a Possibility at Feet Tornado Toll Is Over 320 By STEVE MONK Heporler-News Military Ertllor Capt. Steve Harrington was Hie aircraft commander tliat day. Ho was an experienced pilot with over three and a half years in the cockpit of a C130 Hercules, but nothing could. have pre- pared Mm or the other crewmen for what was to come. It started out as a routine over-water nav- igation mission from McClellan AFB, Calif., to Ilickam AFIi, Hawaii. The Dycss AFB ClflO carried a larger- than-normal crew, Harrington as pilot, 2nd Lls. .Mike Fukey and Jay Priester as co-pi- lots; Maj. Al Dykes and'Capt. Greg Paqtiin as navigators; T. Sgl. Fred Beach as flight engineer, S. Sgl. Don Rogers as Crew Chief, and M. Sgl. Frank Martindale, S. Sgt. Ed- gar Cruse Jr. and S. .Sgt. Mike Garltand as TCverythlng routinely for about two or three hours. About miles out of Ilickam, the gear box pressure on the number two engine went to zero and it had to be shut down. Though it was a little unusual the first time in Harrington's three and a lialt years he. had lost an engine there was still no big problem with losing one engine in a four-engine aircraft. It wasn't until about an hour and 45 min- utes later that things slarlcd going wrong in a hurry. "We were flying at alwut Beach recalled, "when hit some eloiids. Jt was just like we had flown into a snow bank." The ice in the clouds began building up on (he wings and nose, then the number three engine, ils intake clogged with ice, flamed out. Fukey pulled the fire handle, feathering that engine, while Harrington notified Hick- am of the probelm. "I HAD JUST gotten through talking lo Hicham when number [our named Harrington said, "We feathered it and men I noticed that number one (the only remain- Ing engine if you're keeping score) started to go." From then on, it was strictly reaction. "We nosed down to get some airspeed up and try to get some steering Har- rington said. "T tried for an air start (a process similar to push-starting a car in which Ihe air turns the turbine until hopefully the engine catches but nothing happened; then I remembered that the fire handle was Btilt out." Harrington reached up for me handle, hit the hand or Fukey which was already on the control, and jammed handle and hand io the wall. Till; ENGINE started, -and with power supplied by lhat engine, number one and number four were restarted. The part of the whole episode thai is still unexplained is where the power came from to restart that first engine, number three. There is a hard and fast rule that the plane must be gelling power from some- where to start an engine. In normal operation, that power comes from a generator on the ground. In an air starl the power comes from another engine. "There arc only two ways to explain Harrington said. "Either number one went down, came back up momentarily long enough for us to get the start then went down again, or we had a divinely inspired aircraft. We tried to duplicate it in the simulator and it just won't work." By the time the whole incident was over, the plane was at feet with an IIC130 rescue plane in sight. It wasn't until thai point lhat each man began lo think about what had happened. "When it was all over and we were back straight and level, I really got nervous Ihinking about Harrington said. "While it was happening it was just all reaction. We train for a lot of different situations, but this one really put it all together. If we had hesitated for a second to think what to do nexl, it never would have worked." "THIS HAS never happened before to any- one lhat I've ever heard said I'u- 2ND LT. JAY PRIESTER "didn't believe it" ZND LT. MIKE FUKEY "some kind of record" STEVE HARRINGTON "11 just won't work" T. SGT. KRIiD BEACH "like flying into snowbank" key, who has had about six months In C130s. "I guess it's some kind of record. I just hope nobody over has to duplicate it." "Whatever we Beach added, "we did it right. The training paid off." Priester, who was standing on the flight deck when things started happening but then was ordered to the cargo area to get into an anti-exposure suit, to prepare for ditching tlie aircraft, had a different perspective on the whole tiling. "When I went back, I thought we were going Priester said. "I think every-, one did." The other crewmen nodded in agreement. "WHEN I GOT back there, 1 could feel the floor moving, but I didn't hear any change in Hie engine. I wasn't listening for it cither. I wasn't on a headset so I didn't know what was happening. One of the guys who has a headset told me what had hap- pened, but I didn't believe it." The crewmen were all young Hi at day, all with relatively little experience less than five years in C130s between the pilot, co-pi- lot and engineer. "That's all Harrington said when that fac.l was brought to his attention. "We're all old heads.now." By JANET BATT.ULE Associated Press Writer Tornadoes struck an area stretching 'from Georgia lo Canada late Wednesday and early today killing more than 320 persons, the worst tornado death toll in half a century. Thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in damage resulted from the twisters that hit scores of cities and towns, leaving many in shambles. Half the town of Xcjiia, in southeastern Ohio, was devas- tated. Twenty-four persons Mapr Pg. 2A Phone Brought Terror fly l.ES SEAliO Associated 1'rcss Writer NASHVILLE, Tcnn. (Al') The tornado began with a tele- phone call. My wife answered the phone, and from our basement den I heard her scream, "Al- vin says there's a funnel cloud heading this way! What do we Alvin Connolly is a neighbor who has been known to try a practical joke or two, so I had lo see for myself. lie wasn't joking. From our palio door I could see a tail, funnel-shaped cloud jerking back and forth like an angry cobra. It couldn't have been more than Iwo blocks away, moving inexorably to- ward us. I turned and yelled, "Dam- mit, get down here in the I met Nancy halfway up the stairs. We dragged our 3-year- old, Lester, and Alvin's D-ycar- old (laughter, Cindy, back down into the den arid into the bathroom. Bulch, Ihe dog, bewildered by the commotion, chose this lime to be stubborn. He en- tered the bathroom under pro- test with my hand on his collar. We huddled together, listen- ing to the tornado .approach. Nancy, a Baptist, began to pray. Cindy, a Catholic, joined her: "Dear God, please spare ns In the past 17 years, I have interviewed perhaps 75 per- sons who had lived through a tornado. They all described the sound as something like a freight train. To me, it sounded like -a Boeing 747.taking off over the Could Cause Traffic Tie-Up Traffic on Interslate 75 in Cincinnati speeds on as one of several tornadoes hovers above. The twister house. We listened as Hie rumble grew, (hen faded away, leav- ing the house and us quivering. "Slay here, I'm going to I said. From the patio door, I could see only Ihe rolling cloud lhat had spawned the tornado. Then I looked up into the maw of the funnel itself. A large sign, accompanied by a nock of paper, spun around Hie ouler edge. Ils mouth was oval-shaped, and up, inside the funnel, the in- sirte was a milky white. T retreated quickly to the comparalive safety of the bathroom, ns the twister leaped over our block in a nciv subdivision on the east side of Nashville. This time, the 747-sound was joined by Iliat of a freight train. The bouse shook. The dog whined and buried his nose beneath my arm. The children clung lo Nancy. No- body made a sound. Finally, the noise subsided touclied down in various locations Wednesday causing deaths, injuries and-property damage. (AP Wirephoto) and I left our refuge again. From Ihe front door, the tor- nado appeared to be a pair of funnels, joined at Ihe bottom, as it moved off to the north- cast. Up and down t h e street, front doors opened. Neighbors stepped out onto wet lawns, shaking their heads and voic- ing thanks for being spared. Two blocks away, a old man lay dying of a heart attack. A block away, several homes under construction were heavily damaged and a block further on, Ihe twister had turned two older homes into kindling. WEATHER AfJILCNE ft.HD VICirikTY NQ-niile dius) cfwr lo partly cloudy toriay Sand Only Thing Moving at 'Digs' uarmcr Friday. rJ li rnph. biconirrfl nfghl- High this a 50i. Low lonishl ncnr 75. High and for "24 hou a.m.: It nod 35. Hipt> end low some date I05l y or.d 37. SiynjcF lals night: lunrlse lodoy; sunset lonlgTit: winds 5 lo UgM vcrioblc lo- llcrnocn In ftie upper near 15; high Friday rrdlrg 9 r- 59 were killed ,and more thai) homeless bi the community of Rows of bodies were ar- ranged in the nibble-strewn streets. More victims were thought trapped in overturned cars, but heavy equipment was unable to got through, the streets to lift the vehicles. Whole neighborhoods were destroyed, buildings leveled, railroad cars and Irucks up- ended by the vicious winds that struck the llidwest and South. Kentucky appeared to be the Worst hit, with 77 known dead and hundreds of injured. Ala- bama reported 69 dead, Indi-: ana CD, Tennessee 56, Ohio Georgia 15, Ontario, 8, North Carolina 4, Michigan 3, lllinois'2, and West Virginia 1. In Washington, D.C., the American Red Cross said more than 800 disaster work- ers and nurses were laboring to aid the homeless and in- jured. Oilier relief workers and disaster equipment from all over the country were en route to the stricken states. Early today, two tornadoes hit tlie town. o[ lUcadov Bridge, W. Va., about 50 miles southeast of Charleston, Jall- ig one person and injuring several others. Tho rampage cost more lives than any scries of torna- does since March 18, ]D25, when a twister cut through three Midwestern states, kill- ing 689. The 1365 Sunday lornadies in t h e Midwesl- Weather forecasters in Kan- sas City compared Wednes- day's tornado outbreak to a "fast-moving shotgun blasl." "There were twice as many people killed (as the. result of tornadoes) in eight hours yes- levclay as were killed in the said Al- len Pearson of the National Severe Storms Forecast Cen- ter. In Chicago, forecasters said Ihere was a chance of more tornadoes through Friday. The greatest'threat loday was ci- ther side of a line running froin 45 miles southwest of Meridian, Miss., lo 35 miles northwest of Columbus, Ga. Possibility of tornadoes ex-. isted all down Ihe East Coast from New York to Atlanta and then across lo Mississippi. Areas wf.'t of that line were out of danger, forecasters said. The "fronlal system will move out lo sea by Friday and Ihe threat will be a. forecaster said. By ELIJE RUCKER What's happening al (he archaeo- logical digs outside Abilene? Our Classi- cal Civilization class at Abilene High would like to visit and observe Ihe ac- llons bnl we don't know who lo contact or where II is. Any suggestions? A. There's not much going on out there now except for a lot of sand blowing around. The State Archaeologist, Curtis Tunncll, tells us they're not digging anymore, (hat most of the pils were filled before they left and Ihe olhers have filled with sand blown in by the wind. If he were here, Tunnell said he'd be happy to lake your class out and explain Ihings. He took several school kids on tours out there last August. In the next few years, the -site (in the shinnery area northwest of Noodle) will be fenced, markers put up explaining what it is and artifacts taken from Ihe pils will be put cu exhibit in Abilene. Q. I Inink Mr. Taylor does a fine job and M's difficult to eliminate all (he In Inwn but I'm wondering.. .with the new buttons down- town and the much Improved street why the soulh side of S. 1st. anrl mills has not been permanently marked. One car in Ihe middle of Iwo lanes keeps cars from (nrning right on red. IVhcn the light changes, lhat car goes forward across S. 1st afler blockad- ing four or five cars Ihal could have. Inrncd right. A. Your .intersection is scheduled for btil- lons. Traffic Engineer lind Taylor says when Ihe new slriping machines arrives, major thoroughfares will be painted and supplemented with buttons as long as they lasl. While on the subject of slriping, and-for all Ihose who've written about olhcr streets, Taylor also said quilc a few streets nrcd seal-coating firsl. lie won'l be striping them until they're seal-coated, otherwise he'd have to stripe twice. Once the paving is completed, his people will be working five days a week striping just as fast as they can stripe. Q. have Ihis friend who grew up In Portalcs with (he aclor Ronnie Cox, who playcil in "Deliverance." He claims (anil I know he's wrong) Ihal Cox and tlic kid In the movie actually played ''Dueling Banjos." I say Eric Wclssncrg and .Steve Alandcl, wlio made a record- ing of It, played it in Hie movie also. Who's Hie winna? A. You win. Cox is an accomplished banjo player but Weissberl and Mandel gel credit for arranging and playing the song in the movie. How come so many nlionc hooks were given out in Hie west part of town? I had four left on my doorstep and found anolhcr in the yard torn fo pieces. Would yon please check this oul? A. We did check it out and it looks as if somebody goofed up royally. Each house- hold was supposed to get just one directory. H you don't want Ihcm, a phone company representative mil be riglit oul lo pick up your eXras. This 'is no phoney (ahem) phone book crisis. .Southwestern Bell Dis- Irict Manager Sam Oglelrec tells us they rctiiicslert received only books this year because of the paper shortage. They were short directories. As to why you got four. .Oglctrcc is completely myslifipd., After I read Ihe ai lirlc ahoul n mobile homes parked at Lake Phan- tom Ilill lhat ucrc violaling Hie zoning law, I wondered about these mobile homes parked in (he cily Abilene. Can they legally slay? I'm sending a list of Ihree I've, seen and I know there arc more. A. You're gelling Inlo zoning regulations nnd Ihis gels complicated. Essentially, mo- bile homes are allowed inside .the city under three different classifications: in an ap- proved mobile home park, in hardship cases where special temporary pcrmils have been issued by the Board of Adjust- ment, commercial or industrial areas as an accessory use (not for residential If a mobile home has been sitting inside city limits since before 1060 when the zoning ordinance pertaining to mobile homes was passed, it can legally continue to sit. as Hie ordinance was not retroactive, says Director of Planning and Zoning Lc Roy George. If you suspect a mobile home owner Is violating an ordinance, yon may turn in a complaint to Building Inspection at Cily Hall. Address questions to Aclion I.hip, Ilov Abilene, Texas 79601. Names ulll not he used but nnosdons must IK signed and addresses given. Please include tel- ephone numbers if possible. Prices Don't1 Go Along With Farm Products Dip WASHINGTON (A P) Wholesale prices rose sharply again last monlh despite the first big decline in prices for farm products and processed foods in four months, Ihe gov- ernment said today. A 2.1 per cent drop reported in prices for farm products, processed foods and feeds failed lo offset the big rise in prices for a broad range o( industrial goods as Ihe over- all price index for March in- creased by a seasonally ad- justed 1.3 per cent. Last month's increase com- pared with a jump of 1.2 per cent in February, both lu'ghly inflationary rales but more moderate than increases in Ihe previous three months, Iho Labor Department reported. Wholesale prices over Ihe past year have risen 13.5 per cent. They usually are reflect- ed l.ilcr at Ihe retail level. The over-all increase of wholesale prices lasl monlh lifted the government's pric- ing index to 154.5 of the 3067 average, meaning that it cost lo buy the same vol- ume of wholesale goods that 5100 purchased in 1937. Decreases f o r livestock, grain, raw cotton, eggi, fresh fruils. fresh vegetables and live poullry dropped prices for farm products alone 4.2 per cent in March NEWSNDEX Amui-mcnlJ tNOlei Busineji Miner Eridoe Clossifijd Comics Editorials Horoscope Hospital Palicnll Obituaries To Your Hcallh TV Lor, Women's Nevis 2R 56 2A 2A. -11C 6C 4A 9A 6A I 1C 66 2B 3B
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