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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Violent air currents responsible Tuesday, October LETHBRIDOE HERALD-19 Jetliners cause small plane crashes By ROBERT LINDSEY New York Times Service NEW YORK Violent air currents found in the wake .of jetliners have caused more than 20 smaller planes to crash, according to govern- ment officials. As the big jets approach or take off from airports, their wings leave behind two churn- ing cylinders of air that some pilots say have the wallop of a cyclone. This swath of wind, called "wake or vortex, is posing frustrating problems for air safety of- ficials At Sacramento, Calif., on July 10, for example, a small Beechcraft private plane with three men aboard was prepar- ing to land behind a Western Airlines DC-10, a big trijet, when the smaller plane was caught in the air currents. It was flung crazily through the sky and crashed in a cornfield. One man was killed. The federal aviation ad- ministration has recognized the hazard by increasing the minimum permissible dis- tance between extra large and Middle-East fighting Nothing gained in victories In the wake of war A Syrian soldier armed with a Soviet made AK-47 assault rifle stands guard in the residential Ain Rummane section of Damascus after the Syrian government an- nounced it would accept the U.N. sponsored cease-fire. The district was hit in an Israeli bombing raid and authorities posted guards to prevent looting. ASSOCIATED PRESS In the aftermath of a war that has brought heavy losses and suffering, both Israel and Egypt claim military gains but the Israelis acknowledge that one legend that has died is that its forces can smash Arab armies effortlessly. "Both the Arabs and the Is- raelis have gained victories, but in a sense no one has won said a respected Israeli military observer. "The Egyptians proved they could cross the canal, and probably that's all they wanted to prove. "We did not destroy the Egyptian or the Syrian ar- mies, as we said we would do But we have shown the world that Israel's ideal frontiers, the only secure borders, are the ones that were carved out in 1967. This message has been written on paper stained with blood With an uneasy cease-fire on the fronts against Egypt in the south and Syria in the north, military leaders on both sides paused to conclusions. This is a rough summary of their thinking: LINE SMASHED What is important, say the Egyptians, is that their army crossed the Suez Canal on Oct. 6, smashing the Israeli-Bar- Lev defence line Eyptians point to other political and psychological gains from this war: Arab unity. economic pressure on Washington, applied through the decisions of Arab oil-producing states to cut production progressively until Washington persuades Israel to withdraw to pre-1967 boun- daries. new international awareness that the Israeli super-soldier, once able to defeat Egypt in six days, is a myth. isolation of Israel during the war as eight more black African states broke relations, including Ethiopia, which controls the southern entrance to the Red Sea. Revived big-power interest in the Middle East after six years of stalemate, prompting State Secretary Henry Kissinger to say Oct. 25: "The United States recognizes that the conditions that produced the war of Oct. 6 cannot be allowed to con- tinue. On the Israeli side, they lament that the much-vaunted "best intelligence service in the world" let them down in the war build-up. Nearly 000 Arab troops and more than Arab tanks had moved up to the 1967 truce lines on the Golan Heights and the Suez Canal. But Israeli intelligence agents misread or misunder- stood the signs Why did the Israelis fail to see what was coming? "Critics who agree on little else agree that it was due to blindness induced by the brilliant, almost incredible victory of said Israeli commentator Lea Ben Dor. Canadian pilot dies LEUTERSHAUSEN Ger- many (AP) Police reported today the death of a Canadian air force pilot missing since his Starfighter jet took off from a NATO airbase in West Germany Tuesday. Police said debris of the missing plane were found by pedestrians on the slopes of a mountain about eight miles north of the un- iversity city of Heidelberg A search party made up of German police, forestry offi- cials and United States military police found Capt. Donald McCoulough's identity card and parts of his body among the wreckage, police said The RCAF said McCoulough. 31, came from Prince Albert. Sask. He is sur- vived by his wife and two small children who lived with him near his West German base at Lahr. about 10 minutes flying southwest from the crash site. His wife is the former Evelyn Moase of Ken- sington, PEL Forestry officials said it was foggy at the crash site situated on the slopes of two mountains when the F-104 Starfighter took off Tuesday morning It appears Capt McCoulough flew too low on his routine mission to Giessen, just north of Frank- furt The plane must have hit the slopes at full speed and dis- integrated, police said They added parts were found scat- tered over a wide inaccessible area small planes from the stan- dard three to five miles during looking approaches and take offs But some safety specialists, fearing a disaster, say that the distance should be even greater However, F.A A. officials maintain that the present gap is more than adequate. They say that these restrictions, by reducing the hourly flow of planes to runways by 10 per cent or more, limit operations occasionally at some airports including Kennedy Inter- national that at times have been operating close to capacity. HIGHLY CONCERNED Lawrence Langweil, an F.A A. specialist on wake tur- bulence, said that the agency was highly concerned "Unless we solve the wake turbulence problem, with the trouble there's been in building new airports in the past few years, we're going to have serious problems of capacity in a few he said in an interview Every plane moving through the atmosphere causes some turbulence. Acci- dent investigators have documented many cases in which a pilot lost control of his plane aftei encountering tur- bulence caused by a craft just ahead of him. They have also cited cases of crop duster pilots crashing after running into turbulence from their own planes Safety experts say that the recent proliferation of large jets such as the Boeing 747, the DC-10 and the Lockheed Tristar have increased the hazards substantially The heavier a plane is. the greatei the turbulence it creates. Researchers have learnec that the dual wakes from bij jets are each usually eight ten feet wide, tubular shaped and counter rotating at a velocity of 100 to 200 feet or more a second. At high altitudes, the tur- bulence tends to dissipate fairly quickly. But at very low altitudes between 50 and 200 feet the twisting air currents often come to rest just above the runway and form a atmospheric whirlpool. According to the national transportation safety board, 21 accidents in the nation last year were traced to wake tur- bulence. Eleven persons were killed in those accidents Through mid summer this year, there were nine such ac- cidents, two of them fatal Most involved small planes caught in the wake of an air- liner But one case in 1972 demonstrated the enormous power of the wake turbulence A delta air lines twin engine DC-9, carrying three crewmen and an F.A.A. inspector, was preparing to land near Dallas one minute after an American Airlines DC-10 had landed. The 37 ton DC-9 was caught in the DC- 10's trailing wind and was thrown through the air, one investigator said later "like a leaf The four men were kill- ed when the plane crashed The F A A 's standard separation distance near air- ports under instrument con- ditions (when flights are directed by radar traffic controllers) is three miles The agency increased the distance to five miles when a smaller plane was flying behind a jet weighing more than pounds, a group that includes the 747, the DC- 10, the Lockheed C-5A and the Tn-star FLYING FATHERS They're hockey's zaniest and undoubtedly the most religious team in the country. In Weekend Magazine this Saturday, Andy O'Brien writes about the Fathers and their favorite at- traction a Flying Nun In your Lethbridoe Harald Weekend Magazine ANNUAL USE YOUR CHARGEX CARD OR CRESTLINE'S BUDGET ACCOUNT Sale Ends Friday, Nov. 2nd Stanley Berry Automatic Garage Door Oponor garage door you get this SZ2.50 value... FREE! 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