European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 13, 1985, Darmstadt, HessePage 28 * * THE STARS AND STRIPES Friday, December 13, 1985
250 GIs, 8 crew killed in jet crash in Canada
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plane went down about a half mile from
the runway near Gander Lake.
Roads to the airport were blocked, andemergency vehicles with yellow lights flash-
ing stood by as rescue workers shivering in
the December cold searched in vain for sur-
vivors. Smoke appeared lo be lingering in
the air hours after the crash.
The Canadian Search and Rescue in Ha-
lifax, Nova Scotia, said the Gander control
center reported no survivors among the 250passengers and eight crew members,
"There was a flash, just like a sunburst,"
said Judy Parsons, a car rental agent whowitnessed the crash from the airport park-
ing lot. "It lasted for just two seconds, and
then I heard an explosion. There was a lot
of black smoke."
Medley Gill, another car agent who also
was outside, said, "I saw this big mushroom
cloud off the runway."
The Canadian government sent 15 inves-tigators lo the scene, according to Dave
Owen of Canada's Accident Safety Bureau.
At Fort Campbell, base commander Maj.
Gen. Burton D. Patrick told a news confer-
ence an Army team would help transfer
remains from Newfoundland to Dover AFB
in Delaware, where identification of the
bodies could take up to a week.
In Washington, White House spokesman
Larry Speakes said initial reports indicate
"no evidence of sabotage" or an explosion
Federal Aviation Administration spokes-
man Vedder Steed in Atlanta said the plane
belonged to Arrow Air, which was among
more than 400 airlines whose operations
were the subject of a 1984 FA A probe.
Neither the FAA nor Arrow Air could im-
mediately provide details of the investigation,
but Arrow Air spokesman Robin Mattell inMiami told the Associated Press the airline "is
in good standing with the FAA."
Mattell said Thursday's crash was "the
first fatality we've had."
Patrick said use of a charter flight to
carry soldiers is "nothing unusual. We do
that as a matter of routine."
Artist Diego dies
of lung cancer at 65
TAUNUSSTEIN, Germany (S&S) —
Antonio Diego Vocc, 65, an Italian-born
artist known lo many Americans in Europe,
has died after a three-month battle withlung cancer. He was 65.
Vocc's works were widely exhibited in
Germany, the United States and Canada.
Many of his buyers were U.S. servicemem-bers, who bought his paintings and draw-
ings at special military shows.
Vocc signed his works as Diego, which is
the way most of his admirers knew him.
He died Tuesday in his home.
Born in Gaspenna, Italy, Vocc spent 20years in Germany, the last 10 in
Taunuxstein, near Wiesbaden. The Galeria
Dahms, Wiesbaden, is a main outlet for his
works, which sell for up to $6,000.
Voce is survived by his wife, Helga, and a
daughter, Alessandria. Services were sched-uled for Friday in Taunusstcin.
.The ill-fated flight originated in Cairo,
Egypt, and refueled in Cologne, Germany,before refueling again in Gander and taking
off on the final leg of the trip to Fort Camp-bell.
Canadian Transport Minister Don
Mazankowski said the plane climbed no high-
er than 1,000 feet before crashing.
Wives and children who had excitedly gath-
ered earlier at the fort to welcome the soldiershome with a brass band waited anxiously fur
"There was grief. There was concern," saidFort Campbell spokesman Maj. James Gleis-
berg. He added that the families keeping vigil
"didn't know if their husbands, or fathers or
loved ones were actually on board."
"There is still doubt and hope on theirpart."
Chaplains and the wives of soldiers who had
already returned safely from the Sinai prayed
with the families and comforted them as they
waited for news that the Army said could take
up to two days to reach them.
President Reagan said he and Mrs. Rea-
gan were shocked and saddened.
"Our hearts go out to the loved ones of
these brave soldiers who have paid the full-
est price in the service of their country and
the cause of peace," Reagan said in hiswritten statement.
The crash victims were some of 750 to 800soldiers in the force and were returning home
on a rotational basis, according to Maj. Larry
Iccnogle, a Pentagon spokesman. He said a
first group of 250 soldiers arrived at Fort
Campbell a week ago. The plane that crashed
was carrying the second group.
The airport was overcast with light snow
and light winds at the time of the crash,
according to the aviation weather report.There had been light, freezing drizzle a few
In Ottawa, a Transport Ministry spokes-
man said a crash operations center andtemporary morgue had been set up at the
Canada's prime minister, Brian Mulro-
ncy, arriving for a Cabinet meeting in Otta-
wa, called the crash "an enormous trag-
Gander International Airport, about 150
miles northwest of St John's, the capital of
Newfoundland on Canada's Atlantic sea-
board, is often used by planes traveling be-
tween North America and Europe.
The DC-8 is a four-engine jet manufac-
tured by McDonnell Douglas. The plane
that crashed was 16 years old and had
flown about 50,000 hours and 27 million
miles, a spokesman for the manufacturer
The crash, the worst air disaster ever in
Canada, adds to this year's record death
toll in commercial aviation, which already
exceeds 1,400 people.
The Multinational Force and Observers
on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has troops from
the United States, Fiji, Colombia, Austra-
lia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Italy,
Uruguay, France and England. They areunder the command of military officers
It was created as a peacekeeping force to
police the disengagement of Israeli and
Egyptian troops under the two nations'
1979 peace treaty, the only such treaty be-
tween Israel and an Arab country.
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about cuts of between SI5 billion and S20
billion in the $30 billion defense budget for
NATO programs consume roughly 60
percent of those funds. In addition to sup-porting U.S. forces, the United States con-
tributes to common defense programs and
aids several NATO countries.
The foreign ministers, meanwhile,
adopted a cooperation agreement on weap-ons procurement, to cut costs.
For years, NATO officials have espoused
the ideal of sharing weapons systems, there-
by saving the costs of duplicating designs
and setting up production.
Yet under pressure from national arma-
ments industries and military officers with
a preference for domestically made weap-
onry, nations have traditionally taken a go-
it-alone approach to equipment purchasing.
Under the new agreement, NATO repre-
sentatives will find deficiencies in the current
system and step up efforts "to achieve a more
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fiscal house in order," Reagan said in a
two-page statement. "Deficit reduction is
no longer simply our hope and our goal —
deficit reduction is now the law."
Reagan said he is "mindful of the serious
constitutional questions raised by some of
its provisions, (but) it is my hope that the
constitutional problems will be promptly re-
solved so that the vitally important business
of deficit reduction can proceed."
He cited provisions giving the Congres-
sional Budget Office and the comptroller
general a role in determining trigger points
for ceding budget-cutting powers to the ex-
ecutive branch and giving the president
power lo cancel defense contracts.
The bill requires cuts of $11.7 billion in the
fiscal year that began Oct. 1. It gradually re-
duces the deficit annually with spending cuts
—• half from defense and half from all other
areas except for nine "safety net" programs
including Social Security and Mcdicaid. Thegoal is elimination of the deficit by 1991.
Actress Baxter, 62, dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Anne
Baxter, whose 45-year screen career includ-
ed an Academy Award and the role ofscheming ingenue Eve Harrington in "All
About Eve, died Thursday morning, alawyer for her family said.
Baxter, 62, collapsed with a cerebral he-
morrhage Dec. 4 while walking along Mad-
ison Avenue. She was admitted to the inten-
sive care ward of Lenox Hill Hospital in
Manhattan, where she died at 10:50 a.m.,
said the lawyer, Henry A. Perles.
He said she never regained consciousness.
Most recently, Baxter played the role of
Victoria Cabot, a wealthy widowed hotel
owner, in the television series "Hotel."
Baxter joined the weekly show in 1983when Bette Davis, who had starred as hotel
owner Laura Trent, became ill.
"Acting is not what I do. It's what I am,"
Baxter added. "It's my permanent, built-incathedral."
U.K. hospital discharges "sleeping" Soviet
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, England (AP)
— A Soviet emigre said by doctors to have
been feigning unconsciousness to avoid po-
lice questioning about a large sum of money
found on him was discharged from the hos-
pital Thursday and sent on his way home to
France, the hospital said.
Hospital administrator Frances Shana-
han laid 43-year-old Vladimir Lcontev, an
electrical engineer who left the Soviet
Union in 1978 and settled in France as a
refugee, left Hcmel Hempstead General
Hospital at 2 p.m. in an ambulance es-
corted by police.
He was to taVe the 6:45 p.m. ferry from
Dover and be turned over to French police
Leontcv was informed of his departure
only an hour beforehand. "He was given the
opportunity on three separate occasions to
say that be didn't want to go back toFrance," Shanahan said.
"He didn't react at all. His eyelids wen
fluttering: that it a sign of consciousness. He
knew exactly where he was being taken." Sha-
nahan said she was "very pleased, absolutely
delighted" to see Lcontev go.
As Leontev was carried from the xopital
on a stretcher, his eyes were tightly. nut and
he made no response to questions thrown at
him by reporters and hospital staff.
"He'll probably be taken lo an institution
i>f some sort, but I understand the police in
Trance want to have a little chat with him,"Shanahan said.
British police found $37,750 worth of
French currency on him on Nov. 16 when
his rented motorcycle collided with two cars
in the village of M&rkyale. He had arrived
in Britain on a ferry from France the daybefore and was identified by his French
Markyate is near Hemel Hempstacd,which is 25 miles northwest of London.
Detective Sgt. David Meaney, one of two
police officers accompanying Leontev to
France, said the money would be handed
over to French police.
cost-effective use of resources of the countries
of the alliance," and try to establish "cooper-
ative projects," a NATO announcement satd.
The United States agreed to appropriate
$250 million to American industry as a
"catalyst" to begin the program.
Of that sum, 1200 million would go for
collaborative projects and $50 million
would be for evaluation of allied equipment.
Eventually, the United States and other
nations could expect vast savings from co-
operation on weapons building.
The secretary predicted, "In the United
States we've reached a point where both the
public and the government know the deficit
has to be down.
As a result, the reaction to Shultz's mes-
sage has been partly "sympathetic," the of-
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