Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 17, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire
Today's Chuckle Women not only drive as well as men, but they can do it on either ride of the road. Nashua 1969 Tht Telegraph's 100th Ytar At A Dally Newspaper... Weather Cloudy, Cold TonSght Somewhot Warmer Tuesday FULL REPORT ON PAGE TWO VOL. 101 NO. 14 Established is a Weekly October JO, 1W1 Incorporated u Dally March 1, UN NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, MONbAY, MARCH 17, 1969 Second Clan Postage Paid At Nashua, N. H. 22 PAGES Price TEN CENTS Crash Kills 155 Persons MARA CAIBO, Venezuela (AP) The death toll in aviation's worst disaster reached 155 today as searchers combed through the wreckage of homes destroyed by the crash of a Venezuelan jetliner bound for Miami. Five Die Today Five more persons died today from inuries suffered when the big VIASA airline DC9 with 84 persons aboard plunged into residential area Sunday and ex- ploded minutes after taking off from Grano de Oro airport. All 74 passengers and 10 crew members, at least 47 of them U.S. citizens, were killed in the crash. Authorities estimated that at least 71 persons have perished on the ground and feared the total would Increase ts the grim search continues. The DC9, powered by two tur- bofan engines mounted aft, had attained an altitude of only 150 feet when it faltered minutes af- ter take off and plunged into a cluster of low cost homes in Ma- racaibo's La Trinidad and Ziru- ma districts. The area was quickly enveloped in flames. An airport official said the pi- lot reported no trouble and last radio contact with the con- trol tower was a routine request for permission to take off. Statistics Show Plane Disaster Worst in History MARACAIBO, Venezuela The VIASA airliner which crashed in a residential area Sunday at Maracaibo kill- ing about 150 persons was the worst aviation disaster on record. Among other crashes have claimed more than 100 lives. killed when two planei collided over New York Dec. 16, 1960 dead when a Japanese jetliner crashed in Tokyo Bay, Feb. 4, 1966 killed when an Air France jet crashed at Orly Air- port, Paris, June dead when a U.S. Army-chartered transport crashed in South Vietnam, Dec. 24, 1966 servicemen killed when an Air Force transport crashed near Tokyo, June 18, 1953 killed as two airliners collided and crashed into Grand Canyon, Ariz., June dead as a Swiss Britta- nia turboprop crashed in Nico- sia, Cyprus. killed when a British jet- liner hit Mt. Fuji, Japan, March S, 1966 9 The plane lifted off the end of the runway, climbed to about 150 feet, then suddenly lost alti- tude and went down. The explo- sion appeared to have occurred when one of the plane's turbines grazed a high tension wire. Fifteen other air crashes have taken more than 100 lives. previous worst aviation accident occurred Dec. 16, 1960, when two airliners collided over New York City, killing 134 passen- gers and persons on the ground. A policeman who was a wit- ness said the plane lost altitude after taking off, hit a high ten- sion pole, spun and fell in piecei on the residential districts of Zi- nnia and La Trinidad. The area on the outskirts of Maracaibo, Venezuela's principal oil center, Is inhabited by about Co- lombians, Venezuelans and Gua- jiro The plane had been in service only 10 days. The flight originat- ed in Caracas, 330 miles to east, and picked up more pas- sengers in Maracaibo. The air- line said there were 74 passen- gers and a crew of 10 aboard. The cause of the crash was not known, but authorities said they had recovered the plane's "black box" flight recorder and were studying the last moments of the flight. It was not known whether the pilot radioed any distress signal before he went down. The 47 North Americans killed included five prize-winning salesmen for the Clark Equip- ment Co. of Battle Creek, Mich., and their wives. Their prizes had been vacations in Caracas. Also killed were three Vene- zuelan baseball Isaias Chavez, a pitcher on his way to the San Francisco Giants' training camp in Tuc- son, Ariz. Antonio Herrera, owner of the Venezuelan Carde- nales de Lar club, and Carlos Santeliz, a player with the Cardenales. In one house national guards- men found the charred bodies of two children, clutching the fire- scorched remains of a dog. In another house a woman's body was found hunched over that of a son she had tried to protect. The government decreed three days of official mourning and President Rafael Caldera sent a message of condolence to the nation. Venezuela's most recent com- mercial air disaster occurred last December when a Pan American Airways jet plunged into the sea about five minutes out of Caracas, killing 51 per- sons. School Board Hit; Sullivan Promises 'Freeze' On Funds Rising tor the Occasion is Nashua High coach Tony Marandos lifted by his players and Governor Walter Peterson presents him with the game ball Saturday night as the Panthers defeated Manchester Memorial 56-48 for the Class L basketball title. Nashua players are Steve Blais and Adam Gur- eckis. (Other photos and stories on Page 16) An Editorial Nashua Hoopsters No.ll f The Telegraph salutes a gritty Nashua High School basketball team which annexed the state Class L (Large Schools) basketball championship Saturday night. Our boys showed the results of good coaching and they exemplified sportsman- ship and a never-say-die spirit in their performance at the University of New Hampshire. In defeating a strong Manchester Memorial team, the Purple had to come from behind. They were plucky, they played hard and clean, with a rallying spirit which overcame the odds against them. All tournaments are filled with pressure and tension. The city quintet proved its championship class throughout the tourney. First when it steadied after a wobbly start to vanquish Spaulding High of Rochester; then when it topped mighty Portsmouth High, and Saturday night when it closed with a rush to outscore the Manchester team. Coach Tony Marandos and his young men deserve the highest praise for a job well done. By Claudette Durocher In a sharp rebuke to the Board of Education for al- lowing Supt. of Schools Edmund M. Keefe.a raise, Mayor Dennis J. Sul- livan said today he plans to ask the Board of Aldermen to freeze school appropri- ations. Presses For Home Rule He also stated that the school board's action can only be cor- rected by changing the city charter by referendum to give home rule over school depart- ment affairs. "I am going to request the Board of Aldermen to place a freeze on the appropriations re- quested by the school board which is flaunting its autonomy in the faces of those who have to underwrite their indiscre- Sullivan said. "If the aldermanic board does not grant these appropriations, salaries cannot be paid! Of course, the Board of Education can take us to court, but tfie city should not be held respon- sible to pay for any court, ac- tion. We must protect our fel- low citizens in any fashion pos- sible frc-m the big spenders amongst the Board of Educa- tion." Annual Salary Keefe's raise is effec- tive Sept. 1 and will raise his annual salary from to of which will be contributed by the state. Varied Agenda Awaits State Legislators CONCORD, N.H. (AP) New Hampshire's Legislature moves into the 12th week of its 1961 session Tuesday facing meas- ures on everything from open burning to the creation of a Transportation Department A bill creating a Department of Transportation has been re- jected by the House Executive Departments Committee. The measure will be brought to the floor for a vote Tuesday. Meantime, the House also will decide on a bill, rejected by committee, that would per- mit towns of population or less to continue burning their refuse in public open dumps. The Public Health Committee urges a bill requiring automa- tic sprinkler systems and fire Red Chinese Border Invaders Repelled, Says Soviet Union By HENRY KAMM Niw York Timet llrviet MOSCOW The Soviet Union today described the border clash along the frozen Ussuri River as a pitched battle to repel Chinese invaders attempt- ing to seize Soviet territory. Unlike the earlier incident of March 2, fought around the same island in the Soviet far east, a description of the fight- ing made public by Tass, the official press agency, accused China of seeking to capture the disputed island. In Russian, the uninhabited Island in the border river is known as Damansky Island. The Chinese call it Chenpao. To accomplish the seizure, the Soviet Union charged, China used forces on the scale of an Infanlry regiment, together with support units. They were cov- ered with barrages fired by Chinese artillery and mortar batteries. The Soviet description of the lalest clash, according to ob- servers, constituted an escala- tion of Moscow's grievance against Peking. It marked the first time that China had been directly accused of invading the Soviet Union in order to con- quer and hold Soviet territory. Furthermore, the observers the March 2 clash, de- scribed as the biggest until then, involved Chinese troops at company strength supported by artillery fire. The account put Chinese strength at the regimen- tal level and described the ar- tillery units as batteries. The Soviet account, attributed by Tass to Maj. Gen. Vasily Lobanov, Commander of the Pa- cific Ocean Frontier District, said the latest incident began Friday. Groups of armed Chi- nese soldiers "appeared" on the Island and tried to seize it. They were driven off by So- viet border troops of unspecified number led by two officers, the general said. Tass and today's newspapers reported the usual protest meet- ings, in full swing throughout the Soviet Union. But at the Chi- nese embassy here, the scene of the most violent demonstra- tions after the March 2 incident, reinforced police kept people from loitering too near the building. resistant materials in hospitals and other licensed health facili- ties be lolled by the House. The Resources Committee is recommending passage of an amended version of a bill to aid municipalities for water pollu- tion control by a state contribu- tion for costs before federal funds axe obtained. Interest Rates A measure increasing interest rates on overdue taxes and on the amount due when redeem- ing after a tax sale has won the approval of the Statutory Revi- sion Committee. Six fish and game measures are up for decisions on the Sen- ate floor Tuesday. All of them have the blessing of the upper chamber's Fish and Game Com- mittee. Four of the bills already have won passage in the House. These increase the fees of agents for issuance of fish and game licenses, concern the issu- ance of special fishing permits by certain state institutions, au- thorize the director to make regulations dealing with import- ing or releasing wildlife and provide special fishing and hunt- ing licenses for the governor and. his wife.