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Arlington Heights Daily Herald (Newspaper) - August 2, 1979, Arlington Heights, Illinois
Me daily Genaio Arlington Heights i paddock publications 52nd year�?322 thursday August 2,1979 84 pages�?15 cent airline raps faulty maintenance charge by Debbe Jonak Herald staff writer american airlines officials lashed out wednesday at mounting evidence that the cracks in the american Jet that crashed in May were caused by faulty maintenance practices. On the third Day of a National transportation safety Board hearing in Rosemont an american Engineer shifted the blame to the manufacturer of the do to Jet Mcdonnell Douglas. William Hannon testified that an unauthorized Metal filler wedged in the engine mounting of the Jet during production could have caused it to crack severely enough to tear Loose from the Wing during Takeoff at of Hare Airport on May 25. Seconds after losing the engine Assembly the aircraft plunged into a Field and exploded killing 273 persons. Hannon also said Douglas did not directly notify him and his staff of an earlier incident involving another airlines do to in which the mounting was damaged by the suspect maintenance procedure. The Metal filler called a Shim was placed Between the rear Wing attachment ear of the mounting and an adjacent support Hannon said. Production designs by Mcdonnell Douglas do not indicate the Shim belonged there he said although the de vices sometimes Are used to fill gaps when Jet components do not quite fit together. Hannon did not dispute cracks could be caused by an american maintenance practice that Calls for a Large forklift to remove the engine and relatively fragile mounting As one unit. Investigators believe the cracking occurred during that procedure which the Faa banned shortly after the Accident. But Hannon said tests he conducted showed greater damage when he included a Shim at the mountings rear attachment ear. A you Lead out to the critical crack length a he said explaining a a critical meant the damage was severe enough to result in a replay of the flight 191 crash. Flight 191�?Ts mounting broke under a 10-Inch crack. The cracks found on four other american and Continental jets were six inches or less and were not critical he said. Only the american Jet with the Shim reached that stage. Earlier in the hearing a safety Board Engineer testified the Shim could produce a larger crack while a Mcdonnell Douglas Engineer testified it would make no noticeable difference. Hannon also said he was not aware the suspect maintenance practice caused extensive damage to the engine mounting of a Continental Jet in january. Mcdonnell Douglas noted the incident in a routine mishap report Hannon said he and his staff never saw. Douglas did not follow up the report with any warning or recommendation to halt the practices he said. Other american officials said the manufacturer knew the airline used the maintenance procedure which differs from the one Mcdonnell Douglas suggests in its do to service manual. The manual recommends removing the engine and mounting separately instead of As one piece. Mcdonnell Douglas officials were present when american devised the Al Ternate procedure they said. Hannon defended american mechanics who came under fire because they did not follow the step by step description of the alternate procedure provided by his department. They removed the Back bolts of the mounting before the Forward ones while the written procedure says to take off the front bolts first. Investigators believe that May have caused the lighter Back end to push up against the Wing. The pressure could have caused cracking when coupled with movement caused by a loss of Power in the forklift balancing the mounting they said.600 homeless after fire Houston up a arson investigators wednesday questioned two disgruntled carpenters in seeking to find the cause of a seven alarm apartment Complex Blaze that caused $20 million in damages and left 600 people homeless. Chief arson investigator Leonard Mikeska said the carpenters who allegedly had a dispute with management and were on a roof where witnesses said the fire began were among several persons interrogated. A we have two carpenters who were unhappy with working conditions and pay a Mikeska said. A we have a witness who said they were in the area when the fire started. We done to know if that has anything to do with the the fire started about 3 . Tuesday and 14 Mph winds on the 90-degree Day rapidly whipped it through one third of the 1,100 units in the Wood shingled Woodway Square Complex before being controlled about 7 . Cd. Related photo on Page 3 because most residents were at work there were few injuries. But Frank w. Tyler 20, suffered second degree Burns Over 50 percent of his body trying to save his belongings. He remained hospitalized in serious condition. Mikeska said investigators also were checking the possibility that an electrical Short in air conditioning units which residents said failed frequently May have ignited the Blaze. Rep. Bill Archer a Texas asked gov. Bill Clements to seek Federal disaster Aid for the displaced residents of the apartments estimated by owner Paul Schuler amp associates of Seattle wash., to number at least 600. The red Cross salvation army two churches and numerous private citizens offered Aid to the mostly Young Middle class residents Many of whom lacked insurance. One resident who asked not to be quoted by name was philosophical. A live always said i wanted to Start a new life a she said. A a Here a my firefighters doused spot fires that continued to smoulder in the ruins. A a they be still got a few spot fires out there around the apartments a fire chief . Rogers said. A i have been Here 24 years and its the worst structural fire in be Ever Rogers who said a if it had happened at 3 . We probably would have lost several lives a said the Quick burning Wood shingles complicated the firefighting. He said it was the first seven alarm fire in Houston history. The City Council which tuesday had tabled an ordinance tightening fire proofing requirements for Wood Shin Gle roofs wednesday unanimously approved the tighter rules for new multifamily dwellings with Little debate. Cut asked in Complex for aged four die. Dwayne Lineberger of Dallas Rescue squad gives artificial respiration to one of three died of smoke inhalation from a House fire in South Gastonia . Wednesday morning. Also dead is Jean Adams Gwinn 22, Mother of the children. Despite the urging of 150 lutheran Home supporters Arlington Heights officials wednesday night rejected a proposed 750-unit housing project for the elderly in favor of a smaller Complex. The Village planning commission asked representatives of lutheran Home and service for the aged 800 e. Oakton st., to meet with them next week to discuss reducing the number of units and height of their Luther Village housing project. Although lutheran Home has fought for two years to gain approval for the project on 53 acres North of its present facility an attorney representing the Home said wednesday night he was willing to consider a scaled Down project. A the world revolves on Compromise and i done to want to be out of step with the world a said attorney William Moore. The plan commission did not take a formal vote on the lutheran Home proposal for 500 apartments and 250 townhouses but All eight commissioners found serious fault with it. Homeowners bordering the site have been fighting the proposal since late 1976, objecting to the number of units five Story buildings and a bid by lutheran Home to keep the project off property tax Rolls. However most of 1,500 people who jammed into the Arlington Heights Village Hall Council room wednesday were Volunteer workers at the lutheran Home. They loudly supported the proposal for 750 units. They All wore paper tags which said a a in a for plan commissioners echoed Many of the homeowners concerns. A a in a worried about density a William Hannum said. A there Are too Many units and they Are too close to the plan comr. Norman Breyer said he is disturbed about the Homes request to be kept off the tax Rolls a plan which would prevent the project from paying about $700,000 in property taxes a year to local governments. Lutheran Home officials instead suggest that they be allowed to pay Arlington Heights special fees for specific services rendered to the housing project such As police and fire Protection. Comr. Michael Silverman and other planning officials said they would favor a housing project of about 400 units half the size of the lutheran Home proposal. A i would like to see this approached with a Compromise a said comr. George Grulke. Although Moore has maintained that 750 units Are the smallest number needed to make the project a Success he said a i will not say i won t talk further. In a willing to participate in further besides objecting to the number of units and the height of the project commissioners urged Moore to consider compromising on taxes and other issues. The panel scheduled a meeting on negotiations for 8 . Aug. 9. Report predicts Morse recession Washington a a private document prepared within the Carter administration says the country is in for a deeper recession with higher unemployment than the most recent Public White House forecast predicts a source said wednesday night. The private forecast predicted unemployment would hit 8.2 percent in fall 1980 compared to the administrations latest Public forecast issued on july 12, that unemployment would Only reach 6.9 percent next year. The figures in the More pessimistic forecast closely parallel the gloomy predictions being made by the Federal Reserve Board whose chairman g. William Miller will soon become Secretary of the Treasury. One source who asked not to be identified described the projections As a an internal document that probably was never intended to be made Public. It was expected that the internal document would increase pressure on president Carter to propose a 1980 tax Cut. The internal document made the following predictions a economic output a decline in the Gross National product of 1.4 percent this year rather than the Milder 0.5 percent dip in real terms that the administration predicted july 12. Also the recovery will be weaker in 1980 than the Public forecast predicted. A unemployment the nations jobless rate now 5.6 percent of the work Force will Rise in the remaining months of this year and hit 8.2 percent by the end of 1980. A inflation the inflation rate for the Economy As a whole will be 8.8 percent in 1980, compared with the july 12 figure of 8.1 percent. Arlington Park denied move of harness by Lynn Asinof Herald Blaff writer Arlington Park race track narrowly lost a bid wednesday to move its fall harness racing to Maywood Park. In a 3-3 vote the Illinois racing Board refused to approve the change because of an earlier commitment made to the Cloverleaf racing club a minority group with conflicting racing dates at Balmoral Park in Crete. The vote occurred after Black legislators testified that the Board would be Selling out the fledgling organization by authorizing the change. State sen. Harold Washington a Chicago called the proposed switch to Maywood a cutthroat Competition and Market raids a saying the two tracks Are too close together not to produce unhealthy Competition. Washington said that by allowing the switch the racing Board would allow Maywood to sap attendance at Cloverleaf 40 racing dates at the far South Balmoral. Cloverleaf season will begin sept. 23. Racing Board staff estimated the switch to Maywood could amount to As much As a $50,000 a Day drop in betting at Balmoral resulting in As much As a $1,500 a Day loss for Cloverleaf. Several Board members argued in favor of the change saying the switch would be in the Best interests of Illinois racing. They said the change would result in an estimated increase of $1v2 million in Revenue for the state. They argued that Maywood is a Superior track for harness racing saying Arlington should become solely a thoroughbred track. A we Are not trying to Hurt Cloverleaf but when they applied for dates there was no guarantee there was going to be a profit a Board member Angelo a. Ciambrone said. After the meeting Arlington Park pres. Joseph Joyce said he sees no Way of reviving the Issue before the Arlington harness season begins sept. 24. A right now i am going to make racing plans to run at Arlington a said Joyce who said he was expecting a close vote on the Issue. During the four hour hearing Joyce testified that after two years of harness racing at Arlington Park it was Clear the track would be better used solely for thoroughbred meets. Moreover Joyce argued that Balmoral officials traditionally have maintained that their track serves a different Market than Maywood. A i done to believe there is any impingement of the Market area a he said. Under the proposed agreement Arlington and Maywood would have had a 10-year lease agreement with Arlington Given the option of taking its harness dates Back after three years. Arlington first presented harness racing in 1977 after a fire at Washington Park forced the racing Board to schedule those dates elsewhere. Racing Board staff wednesday said attendance at the Arlington harness meets has not lived up to projections during the past two in the Herald year old Campaign a year ago today rep. Philip m. Crane promised he would free the american people from a confiscatory taxation and excessive regulations by becoming the next president of the United states. For a report on the 12th districts favorite son see Kurt Baers Story. A Page 3. A Courtesy still free free Windshield cleaning and Oil checks were still the Rule wednesday at most service stations despite new Federal rules allowing them to charge for such Courtesy services. A Page to. Sun Corning Back today will be partly sunny and warmer highs in the Low to mid 80s. Lows in the upper 60s. Friday also will be sunny highs in the upper 80s. A Page 2. The Index is on Page 2.rescue attempt fails
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