Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 15, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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KENOVA, W.Va, (AP) - A twin-jet Southern Airways DC9 carrying Marshall University's football team, rooters and crew crashed and exploded in flames near here Saturday night, with no apparent survivors, according to State Police and Federal Aviation Agency spokesmen.
A spokesman for Southern Airways in Atlanta, Ga., said the $3.5 million craft was carrying 70 passengers and a crew of five. They said it was the only plane Marshall had chartered.
Witnesses at the scene near this southwestern state commu
nity said the plane slammed into the side of a small hill at about 7:40 p.m. and exploded into “a giant ball of fire.”
State Police said at least 15 bodies were counted outside the burning craft, but flames were too intense to probe the interior of the plane.
This was the second plane in less than two months which crashed cany mg a football team. On Oct. 2, one of two chartered planes carrying the Wichita State University football team, coaches, boosters and others, crashed in the mountains in Colorado, killing
EDITORS NOTE - This is the first of three articles based on an exclusive interview with the new senator - elect in Houston. The second and third articles will appear Monday and Tuesday mornings.
By ED N. WISIICAMPF.lt
Editor, The Reporter-Ncws
HOUSTON—-Lloyd Bentsen is a man who comes across strong — whether on the campaign hustings or in an interview in the spaciousness of his skyscraper office in downtown Houston.
He exudes confidence and conviction. Not an egotism, but assurance born of an unusual career which has been crowned w ith both political and business success.
Bentsen has just marked up the greatest political victory of them all, one that ho had supreme confidence in the beginning he wrould win, though he concedes there were few who shared it at the time.
“People have been telling me all my life I couldn’t do things,” he mused. “When I ran for county judge (Hidalgo County at the age of 25); when I ran for Congress (in 1918 when at 27 he was the youngest man elected to Congress).” And the inference was that again in 1969-70, when he decided to take on the seniority'-steeped, politically potent senior senator from Texas, Ralph Yarborough.
“If someone had told you in December, 1969,” he said, “that Lloyd Bentsen was going to be the next senator from Texas, you would have laughed. ‘Lloyd who?’, you would have asked.”
This discourse was in response to a question which noted that national news magazines in spotlighting exciting “new faces” in the Senate dwelt on those with famous names — Taft and Stevenson — and those who won key races — Tunney of California, Brock of Tennessee and Buckley of New York, but not Bentsen. How was he going to be felt and heard as a freshman senator among these glamour colleagues?
“I will very definitely be heard,” he declares. “That is evidenced by the great number of senators who are already calling me, asking me to meet with them in Washington.
“When you really study what happened in the Senate races Nov. 3, you find that these two races I ran back to back were among the highly significant ones.”
In the May 4 primary he toppled Yarborough, chairman of the Senate Labor and Public Welfare Committee, and a persistent opponent of President Nixon on the Vietnam War, Supreme Court appointments and spending policies.
Then Bentsen fought off all the political and financial strength the Republicans could muster against him to defeat Cong. George Bush, who had the personal support of both Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew. Since his Nov. 3 triumph, Bentsen said, he
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has had many calls from senators he will serve with, including Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield of Montana, Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine, widely considered the front running prospect for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination, and Sen. Henry Jackson of Washington, as well as his fellow Texan, Republican John Tower.
He called Mansfield “an old friend’ and said he has known “most of those boys” for some time. He served in the House of Representatives with Mansfield and Jackson.
Bentsen granted The Reporter-News an exclusive interview Thursday before he left for Washington Saturday to spend several days there in preparation for assuming his Senate seat in January. Among other details on the Washington agenda is house hunting.
Bentsen’s top priority concern as he enters the Senate is the divisiveness in the country.
“One of the primary things I want to do,” he said, “is to work to heal this. I have never seen the country as divided and troubled as today, at any time in my adult life. Obviously, it was worse in the Civil War.
“I want to be one of the unifying voices. I worked hard in the Texas Democratic Party for unity and I think I succeeded; the election is evidence of that.
“I want to go to Washington to be one of the moderate voices of the Democratic party.”
How can he achieve his goal toward unity? “Mostly by example and leadership,” he says. “One way will be my voting pattern. We must reject extremists of the right and the left in this country.
“It is important to lower our rhetoric a few decibels.”
Asked if he had in mind Vice President Agnew', he practiced his own philosophy of unity by saying nothing, only smiling.
He said he wanted to “goto Washington as the representative of all the people of this state regardless of whom they voted for.” Bentsen plans to pursue his mission cf unity w'ith members of bo*h parties, conservatives as well as liberals.
He wants to establish warm rapport with .senators of all persuasions so that he can have a working relationship with them.
This includes Texas Republican Sen. Tower. “I have already had a call from Sen. Tow'er offering cooperation, and I will give him mine,” Bentsen said. “When I was in Congress before I worked with members on both sides of the aisle to get things done for my district. I expect to do this again for the state.”
Bentsen hopes also to extend the hand of fellowship to Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, a leader of the Democratic liberals. “I will work with all elements of the party, and with Republicans; that is the way I can be most effective for Texas,” he said.
Besides disunity, he lists health and housing as other major problems facing the new Congress.
“I want to work to seek more programs to help home building,” he said. “We need to make available more long term money. The dislocation of the economy has given housing starts a severe setback, making it very difficult for young couples to buy homes now.”
Bentsen says “we have to work very hard to try to do something about the health of our people, the increased hospital costs.
“Yet, in this we have to have a place for the private sector. I don’t want to drive it away. It will take some creative thinking to come up with a solution.”
Bentsen says if the nation has passed the worst of the recession and inflation, “I haven’t seen it yet.”
He thinks t h e Nixon administration “should have used in the beginning voluntary wage and price guidelines emanating from the office of the President.
“The last two administrations (Kennedy and Johnson) used these and they had some effect. Not perfect, but they helped.
“Now the administration has a committee dealing with this, but it does not have the influence of the office of the President.”
He does not favor mandatory controls, but would vote for them “before I see the economy go down the drain. . .as a last resort.”
31 persons—including 14 football players.
Witnesses said they were “rocked” out of their chairs from the concussion of the explosion.
John Young, who lives about a half mile from the crash site, said he “heard this loud noise ... I ran out to see what it was and all I saw was a big ball of fire.”
“Nobody could have survived that,” Young said.
Albert Rich, whose house also is about a half mile from the scene, said he first thought the loud noise was lightning. He went out to see.
“I heard this one bang and a minute later there was this terrific bang which shook the whole house. I ran outside to see if there was a storm, and I saw this flash over the hill,” Rich said.
He said the plane skimmed the top of an abandoned house just before it crashed.
A light rain hampered rescue efforts, where the site was accessible only by a narrow, dirt road which had turned mostly into mud.
Only a few emergency vehicles had made it to the scene, including an undetermined number of ambulances. No ambulances had left the scene, however, by 10:30 p.m.
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Abilene Zoo foreman Wayne Jones holds a bewildered coyote, which broke its leg when it ran into a crevice in a wall at the zoo. Now it must wear a cast until its leg mends. (Staff Photo by Billy Adams) _
Plane Crash Victims Termed Good Team to Play Against
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -An East Carolina University football player said Saturday night the Marshall University players whose plane crashed and burned were “a good team to play against.”
“They were very fine young men,” said William Mitchell, a junior defensive halfback who played in ECU’s 17-14 win over Marshall Saturday afternoon.
Mitchell said East Carolina Coach Mike McGee had come to the football team’s dormitory lo break the news that the Marshall players chartered aircraft had plummeted to the ground as it approached the Tri-State airport at Huntington W.Va., on the way home from the game.
“Everybody took it kind of hard,” Mitchell said. “It meant a great deal to me.”
Mitchell said he had shaken hands with several members of the Marshall squad as the game broke up and the athletes headed for their locker rooms.
“They were congratulating us on a fine game,” he recalled. “And we were congratulating them.”
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tor Clarence Stasavich said he chatted with Marshali Coach Charlie Kautz just before the coach left with his team and some boosters to board the illfated airplane.
jet that crashed and burned near here Saturday returning from North Carolina with the Marshall team aboard.
Taglang didn’t say why he failed to make the plane.
Player Missed Plane 3 Texans Aboard
HUNTINGTON, W. Va., (AP) — Rich Taglang, 20, a junior and football player at Marshall University, missed his team’s airplane flight to Greenville, N.C., Friday.
Taglang, a Bethlehem, Pa., native, called his parents from a Huntington phone booth Saturday night to tell them he wasn’t aboard a DCT) Southern Airways
HUNTINGTON, .W Va. (AP) — At least three Texans were
listed on the traveling roster of the 45 players and nine coaches on the * Marshall University plane that crashed Saturday
They were Bob Hill of Dallas, Ed Carter of Wichita Falls and Scotty Reese of Waco.
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Rams Syria Coup Seen as Political
Brisk, chilling winds of up to 30 m.p.h. began moving grey cloud coverings from mo t sections of the Big Country late Saturday, adding to the discomfort of weekend football fans and travelers already soaked with light rains which fell most of Friday.
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The winds were expected to push most of the cloudiness out of the area by early Sunday but cold nights are expected to linger with a near freeze predicted for late Sunday.
Traces of rain dampened some sections of the area Saturday, with Tuscola receiving .20 inches and Dublin recording .01 for the second straight day. Abilene. Anson, Ballinger, Ranger and Stamford measured a trace.
Several minor fender-benders were attributed to the slick road conditions, but the Weather Bureau predicted most roads would be dry for Sunday travelers.
The Weather Bureau said clouds should retreat into Southeast Texas during the night, leaving most of the state clear to partly cloudy.
A sharp night was predicted with frost stabbing in o South Central and Southeast Texas, the Associated Press said. Temperatures around 20 degrees were expected west of the Pecos, /
DAMASCUS (AP) - Syria’s eighth coup in 24 years of independence was described here Saturday as a battle for internal political survival by groups of the Baath Socialist party, with foreign policies not an immediate factor.
The winner was Gen. Hafez a1 Assad, the defense minister and chief of the Soviet-equipped Syrian air force. The losers were Gen. Salah Jadid, leader of the party, President Noureddin Atassi and former Premier Youssef Zayyen, all extreme Marxists.
Diplomats said it was not clear if the postmidnight coup had anything to do with the defeat handed Sjria’s tank forces in Jordan’s civil war in September. It is known that Assad refused to provide air support for the tanks lest Israel’s jets launch retaliatory strikes.
Assad was described as a moderate. Arab diplomats said that while the basic cause of the coup was internal politics there was a possibility that Syria now would abandon its go-it-alone attitude in the fight against Israel and cooperate more closely with the rest of the Arab world.
Syria refused to sign the
U.S.-initiated Middle East cease-fire last August along with Egypt and Jordan.
Sources close to the Israeli government said Saturday in Tel Aviv the coup came as no surprise and officials expected no change in Syria’s hostile attitude toward Israel. “It was only a question of waiting to see whether the military or civilian
wing of the ruling Baath party would triumph,” one source said.
Unlike the previous coups and the dozen minor revolts in Syria since it gained independence from France in 1946, this government turnover lacked the usual tank rumblings in the streets and the presence of military power.
15-Year-Old Amnesia Victim Meets Mother
TORONTO (AP) — Rose Ann Hebert had to be told Friday li ght that the woman who had just walked into her hospital room was her mother.
Then the 15-year-old Saint Joan, N.B., girl who doctors say has no memory of her life beyond a little more than a week ago, broke into tears.
Her mother, Elizabeth Hebert, who hasn’t seen her daughter for 15 days, spent about 35 minutes in the room.
“She seemed very bright and ■■ armai, but she couldn’t re
member,” Mrs. Hebert said of her daughter. “I mentioned several of her girl friends back home but the names didn’t mean anything.”
Doctors say Rose Ann, who hitchhiked to Toronto after “waking up” outside a pool hall in Fredericton, is suffering fom amnesia symptoms and the rush of attention given her may make her reluctant to give this symptom up, even with exten-s ve treatment. Rose Ann will remain in hospital for at least two weeks and her mother will stay with a married sister here.
DACCA, East Pakistan (AP) — A cyclone and tidal wave that raced through the Bay of Bengal and struck East Pakistan’s coast may have killed 100,000 persons, officials said Saturday night.
The confirmed death toll from Friday’s storm was 11,283 listed in initial reports from district control centers. Of these, 10,000 perished in Noakhali district, devastated by 150-mile-an-hour winds and 20-foot waves. Another 2,000 persons there were missing.
The government-operated radio station estimated at least 50.00) persons were killed and noted that a similar storm iii 1965 claimed 20,000 lives.
A.M. Amzussman, head of the Rescue Commission, made a flying trip along the coast and said the death toll “is quite high.”
There were no reports from many of the flooded offshore islands nor any estimates of the number of ships and fishing craft lost.
A magistrate on Iiatia Island said he feared thousands drowned when tidal waves surged over the island. Part of Bhola Island was washed away by the raging sea.
Of the ships, one that may be lost is the 5.509-ton Mahajagmi-tra, an Indian freighter out of Calcutta on her way to Kuwait.
A slipping official in Calcutta said the last word from her was a message saying she was in the Bay of Bengal “in the proximity of a cyclone.” He added it was feared she may have cap
sized. She carried a crew of 49.
The cyclone, with its 150 miles an hour winds and 20-foot waves, devastated about 250 miles of the coast. Cyclone is the Indian Ocean equivalent of the hurricane in the Atlantic and the typhoon in the Pacific.
The deputy commissioner at Barisal, 70 miles south of Dacca, said a 14-man team from the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development and engineering experts were in the area and had not been heard from.
The Harris Poll reports that the predicted swing to the right in American politics didn't take place as expected. See story on Page 8-A.
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