Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 23, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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Airliner Loses Hydraulic System
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An American Airlines flight bound for El Paso, Texas, from Chicago lost one of its main hydraulic systems Saturday, forcing the cockpit crew to manually lower the front landing gear before landing safely here.
The loss of the single hydraulic system on the Boeing 727 was far less serious than the reported complete hydraulic failure of United Airlines Flight 232 on Wednesday, said John Hotard, spokesman for American Airlines in Fort Worth, Texas.
The United DC-10 crashed in Sioux City, Iowa, killing at least 110 of the more than 295 people on board.
“Well for one thing, ifs a different airplane,” Hotard said. “(The pilot) just had one of his systems failure and there are several redundant systems on (the plane.)”
“Certainly it scared the hell out of us.” But the pilot “had no trouble landing. He made a routine, perfect landing.”
Bombs Explode At University
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Four bombs exploded at a Roman Catholic university in the capital before dawn Saturday, wrecking a print shop and a parked bus, officials said.
Police experts also deactivated two more bombs in the print shop at Simeon Canas Central American University, and officials there said employees sleeping nearby narrowly escaped injury from the blasts.
A statement by the rector’s office said no one claimed responsibility for the attacks. One bomb exploded under the parked bus and three more inside the print shop, causing part of the building to collapse.
“The family of a watchman and three workers sleeping there miraculously escaped unharmed, even though some the blasts were only two yards away,” the statement said.
It said this was the latest of a “a series of attacks” on the university, which is run by the Roman Catholic Church, and “part of an insidious campaign of incitement and slander against the Jesuits who work at this institution.”Weather
Partly cloudy skies with a 30 percent chance of afternoon or evening thunderstorms are forecast for today. Today’s high will be in the low 90s and the low in the low 70s. Winds will be SE at 5 to IO mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thundershowers.
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Sunday, July 23, 1989
Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 122 No. 175
Investigation Focuses On Engine
The Crash of Flight 232
Many factors contributed to the large number of survivors of this crash, including advance safety preparation
Explosive Failure Doomed Flight
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Investigators are trying to find out why an airliner designed to fly without one of its engines couldn’t and why an engine designed to contain its own failure apparently didn’t.
Government engineers and scientists poring over the wreckage and records of Flight 232 have not yet found the cause of the United Airlines DC-10 crash Wednesday that killed more than a third of the 296 people aboard.
What they knew by the weekend was that an explosive engine failure occurred while the three-engine airliner was en route from Denver to Chicago, that portions of the tail section were damaged in the explosion, and that the hydraulic flight control systems had lost all its fluid by the time the plane crash-landed at the Sioux City airport.
The National Transportation Safety Board was focusing in the first days of what will be a months-long investigation
(Please See INVESTIGATION, Page 3A)
American Career Diplomat Suspected In Spy Plot
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A top career diplomat suspected of collaborating with Soviet agents in Vienna had access to some of the nation’s most sensitive non-nuclear secrets and once ran the U.S. embassy in that espionage-rich city before he was sent home for insubordination, sources said Saturday.
Meanwhile, Felix S. Bloch, former deputy chief of mission at the embassy in Austria, has received FBI approval to leave his Washington luxury apartment.No Motive In Attack On Worshipers
By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Investigators said Saturday they had no leads into why a hooded gunman burst into a church during a children’s Bible study graduation ceremony and shot three people, killing two.
“There’s just no apparent reason why. I know the detectives wish they knew so they knew where to turn,” said police officer Daniel Rueles.
Police and residents of the area said there was no apparent involvement by the gangs that have terrorized much of the city.
“There’s a couple of gangs here but they haven’t been active lately,” said Officer Steve Carlos as he and fellow patrolman Andy Thedford kept watch on the shuttered Mount Olive Church of God in Christ from their patrol car across the street.
“No gang threats, no retaliation, nothing,” Thedford said.
“They don’t cause trouble. They’re never around,” said Norma Macias, 18, who lives across the street from the church. “It’s kinda quiet here.”
Two persons walked up to the church Friday night, according to the police account. At least one of them shot at, but missed, a passerby before one of them entered the building.
He opened fire as about 50 adults and children were singing hymns. The songs were the conclusion to a commencement ceremony for a weeklong Bible study class.
“We were in the church singing a song.
A man came in and he started shooting,” said 10-year-old Martha Lopez. “I started crying. I was scared.”
Police identified the dead as Mae Lee, 76, and Patronella Luke, 35. Mrs. Luke’s husband, Peter Luke, 33, suffered a gunshot wound in the left knee and a superficial wound in the arm.
But the surveillance of Bloch continues at a new, unspecified location, ABC News reported Saturday.
Bloch, who has not been charged with any crime, is the highest-ranking U.S. diplomat ever identified as the target, of an intelligence investigation involving tile Soviet Union.
The government is keeping close tabs on Bloch so he won’t flee but ABC said that federal officials also are concerned that he might try to hurt himself.
Bloch was last seen by fellow residents of his apartment building on Thursday. Since then, they say, a heavy contingent of government agents, whose surveillance of Bloch had been obvious to his neighbors for weeks, apparently has departed as well.
The FBI declined comment Saturday
about the status of its investigation, which was brought to light the previous night by an ABC News report which said he had been videotaped passing a briefcase to a Soviet KGB agent in Vienna That incident, according to sources who declined to be identified, occurred early this year, more than a year after Bloch was reassigned to a largely bureaucratic post in Washington.
Government sources told ABC that, once confronted with allegations of his spying, Bloch fell apart emotionally.
The report said Bloch has been interrogated twice and claimed he would cooperate. But one government analyst told the television network that Bloch’s cooperation has been “extremely limited.”
A team of government psychologists, ABC said, does not believe that Bloch
spied for money.
Sources told ABC that Bloch claimed he spied because he fell into a Soviet sex trap but investigators have discounted that story.
The New York Times reported in its Sunday editions that intelligence officials are re-examining their investigation of two Marine guards at the American Embassy in Moscow and their involvement with Soviet agents for a possible link to Bloch.
One of the guards, Clayton Lonetree, confessed that he had become involved with Soviet intelligence at his previous assignment in Vienna. As deputy chief of mission, officials said Bloch had early knowledge of Lonetree’s confession.
(Please See AMERICAN, Page 3A)Graniteville Man Earns Legion Honor
By PHILIP LORD Staff Writer
Staff Photo By Scott Webster
TOP LEGIONNAIRE: Carl E. Stone of Graniteville holds the plaque that names him the top American Legionnaire in South Carolina this year.
GRANITEVILLE - To many peop who live in Graniteville, he is the retire man who sits out in front of Taylor Hardware store every day — but Carl I Stone does a lot more than just sit.
Recently named the South Carolina L gionnaire of the Year, Stone has been a active and vital member of the Legion Samual Swint Post 77 in Graniteville fc more than 43 years.
Stone, 67, served as chairman of lai ' year’s record-setting Valley Empt Stocking Fund, which raised $23,00( Through the project, the post helped 93 people (484 families) to have a happie Christmas.
“It takes the entire month of Decembe working with that (the fund) ever; year,” he said.
Stone, who has served in every positioi Post 77 has to offer, also recently re ceived recognition for his work as a re cruiter for the organization. Every year Stone, who was nominated for the stab award by his post, gets between 40 and 51 new members for the organization.
In addition to heading the Valley Emp ty Stocking Fund and recruiting, Stoni also works as a cook for Post 77.
“Once you get to cooking, they won’l take you off of that,” he said. “That job it hard to get rid of once you get it.”
In addition to his membership in Posl 77, Stone is an active member in the Forty and Eight, a group of outstanding Posl members, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Born and raised in Graniteville, Stone has lived in the town his entire life, except for the brief stint that he spent in the Army during World War IL
(Please See GRANITEVILLE, Page 3A)