New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
British airliner catches fire during takeoff
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — A british Airtours Boeing 737 carrying 137 >eople bound for a holiday in Greece caught fte during takeoff from the Manchester airport today, and authorities said 54 people were killed.
Passengers among the 83 survivors reported a panic in the crowded aisle of the twin-jet aircraft as people tried to escape down emergency chutes when the flaming plane stopped at the end of the runway at Manchester in northwest England.
Four hours after the aborted 7 a.rn takeoff, airport authorities said the last of the 54 bodies had been removed from the smoldering wreckage, which was
surrounded by a dozen fire engines.
Hospital authorities said 83 survivors had been admitted to hospitals in Manchester, and 15 of them were suffering from burns. Some were suffering only from shock, and others had various minor injuries resulting from the escape.
“There were people inside that plane who had no chance of getting out, many didn’t stand a chance at all,” said Mike Mather, 21, a Briton still trembling from an ordeal which he said started with “a loud bang” during the takeoff run.
It was unclear if any Americans or other foreigners were on board the flight, but Airtours usually handles package tours for Britons.
The Department of Transport said it had
sent a team from its Accident Investigations Branch to investigate the crash.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, informed of the disaster while on holiday in Austria, said she was “horrified” by news of the accident and promised “the most rigorous inquiry into the causes of this terrible accident,” her office in London reported.
Gil Thompson, the airport manager, estimated the plane had reached a speed of IOO mph when the left engine caught fire and the pilot aborted the take-off.
Said Thompson: “It was attempting to (take off), and the engine went on fire. It was quite some distance from take-off when the incident occurred, and the captain obviously
took immediate action to control the aircraft.”
The jet came to a stop just off the runway’s edge, only 300 yards from the fire station at the airport, which is eight miles south of the center of the city.
Flight KT328 was bound for the Greek resort island of Corfu with 131 passengers, including two children less than 2 years old, and a crew of six, said British Airways. British Airtours is the charter subsidiary of British Airways.
British Broadcasting Corp. said the pilot and first officer survived.
An eyewitness, airport cargo secretary Linda Swann, told Independent Radio News in an interview: “The tail came away from
the end, and ifs a terrible mess.”
The only part of the plane left intact after the fire was “just the front bit, the nose end,” she said. The fire department and ambulances arrived on the scene quickly, she said.
This was the fifth major air disaster this year. The others include the Aug. 12 crash of a Japan Air Lines flight that killed 520 people; 329 people died when an Air-India 747 apparently exploded in flight off the coast of Ireland June 23; an Iberia Boeing 727 crashed into a mountian in Spain Feb. 19 killing 148; and 134 were killed Aug. 2 when a Delta Air lines wide-bodied Lockheed L-101 crashed in a thunderstorm while attempting to land at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.
Old vs. young
Disagreements growing in VFWranks
DAL1.AS (AP) — The U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica got cheers of approval from thousands Veterans of Foreign Wars members as he defended President Reagan’s policies in Central America.
But after Ambassador Lewis Tambs’ speech Wednesday, the commander of a California VFW post shook his hand and said, “I just want you to know that I didn’t believe a word you told those guys."
The spat between Tambs and Post 5888 Commander Richard Anderson is just one indication of the growing discontent in the ranks of the nation’s oldest veterans' organization.
Rifts over political issues, such as U.S. policies on Central America, nuclear weaponry and the defense buildup, have pitted some Vietnam veterans against their colleagues who fought in wars before them.
“At this very moment, brave men are dying in Nicaragua," Tambs told the group Wednesday. “They are fighting against the same type of tyranny, the same tyrants that you and I fought against
He urged delegates to support Reagan's policies to stop “a red wave rolling from the South."
But .Anderson and five other members of his post, known as the “rebel vets,” took issue with Tambs.
.Anderson’s group is offering a resolution calling for non-intervention in Central America It is expected to be considered today, among other proposals that may be melded into a VFW platform
.Anderson attacked Tambs- speech, saying that adopting hard-line support for Reagan s Central .American policies is an “extreme reaction."
“We feel the Veterans of Foreign Wars is a great
organization, but we feel that it has strayed so far to the right that its credibility is threatened,” Anderson
The VFW suspended Anderson’s post for two months and later revoked its charter after a member of the post drafted a resolution criticizing U.S. involvement in Central America on VFW stationery and presented it to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
The post filed suit against the VFW but reached an out-court-settlement that reinstated it with orders never to represent its views as those of the VFW as a whole.
“We have a right to be in .America’s traditional organization,” Anderson said. “Once we're in there we have a right to express our views even if it’s unpopular.”
I.ee Bookout, also a member of Post 5888. said many Vietnam veterans have not joined the VFW’ because of the far right view espoused by the organization.
“They’re going to have to bring other Vietnam vets into this organization, ” Bookout said. “This organization is doomed without the Vietnam vets stepping up and taking the lead in this organization "
Bookout said his post has received “thousands of letters" from veterans who have dropped out of the VFW and “swore they would never come back" because of the organization’s view s.
But John F. Rhoades, a VFW Vietnam veteran, said more and more veterans are joining the VFW.
He said the VFW does not support an inclination to fight but a willingness to fight when there is no other alternative.”
Union demanding negotiations after AT&T layoff announcement
NEW YORK (AP) - Communications workers are demanding immediate job-security negotiations with American Telephone & Telegraph Co. after AT&T announced plans to eliminate 20 percent of the jobs in one 117,000-employee division.
Robert E. Allen, chairman of the Morristown, N.J.-based Information Systems unit, announced the retrenchment to employee groups in a nationwide telephone call Wednesday and said market conditions could require additional cuts.
AT&T said it hoped to save hundreds of millions of dollars each year by eliminating approximately 24,000 jobs at the communications products unit to make the highly competitive business more profitable.
“Sales of new products at Information Systems are up across all of the competitive markets we serve,” Allen said. “Now we must strengthen our ongoing efforts to improve profitability.”
The Communications Workers of America, which represents about 190.000 of AT&T’s 360,000 employees, said in Washington that it was
outraged. The union’s executive board demanded negotiations on transfers of employees whose jobs are in jeopardy, pensions and existing contract provisions on job security.
“They’re cutting people for profits — short-term profits.” said Morton Bahr, the union’s president. “They’re laying off their skilled craft workers, who are their greatest resource, and in effect handing skilled workers to their competitors.”
Brian Fernandez, an analyst for Nomura Securities in New York. said, “It’s sad to see the leading technology company laying off people. These are trained people. Ifs not what the Japanese do.”
Bahr complained that managers were not being asked to sacrifice as much as the company’s workers.
About 30 percent of the positions being eliminated are in management, AT&T said.
"By its recent action, AT&T is creating an almost insurmountable obstacle to successful negotiations” on a contract next year, Bahr said.
He said the union would stage a
national day of protest Aug. 29 to focus on the job cuts and a growing trend toward contracting out union jobs and foreign production of telecommunications products.
AT&T is establishing a factory in Singapore to make residential telephones that had been produced in Shreveport, La.
AT&T’s streamlining had been expected in light of intense competition in the business communications field and followed rumors of major cutbacks that had circulated in financial markets and trade publications.
In the first six months of the year, AT&T had earnings of $815 million, up 19.5 percent from a year earlier. Revenue totaled $16.86 billion, only fractionally higher than in the first half of 1984.
AT&T said about 7,400 of the job cuts were under way and that most would be completed this year.
It said the 24,000 employees affected would either be offered a transfer to any available post in AT&T or financial incentives, including improved pension plans, to leave the company.
Officials searching for instant millionaires
NEW YORK API - latten officials sorting through millions of bets announced today that more than one person had beaten 6.1-miUion-to-1 odds to win a $41 million jackpot, the largest ever in North America
However, officials said they did not yet know exactly how many people would have a share in the prize
“The computers are humming We know we have first prize winners," said state littery Director John D Quinn, but “because of the volume of sales it will take several hours to complete the processing and verification "
There were a record 36 I million $1 bets on the jackpot The winning numbers were 14, 17 , 22 . 23 , 30. and 47, with the supplemental number 33
If no one had guessed the six numbers out of 48 possibilties. Quinn had said he would cap Saturday’s drawing at $50 million, “more than enough money for somebody spending a buck U) take a chance winning ”
Quinn offered any overnight millionaires some advice and a nationally known psychologist warned of pitfalls.
Quinn advised winners to sign the lucky ticket, lure a lawyer and an accountant, order an unlisted telephone number and show up at the World Trade Center, where he hoped to introduce at least one winner today.
Dr Joyce Brothers, writing in the New York Post, said winners could expect "enormous family quarrels or succumb to boredom, cynicism and drink
Nonetheless, hopefuls began lining up in Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal at 4 a.m. Wednesday, two hours before ticket outlets opened.
Lou Eisenberg of New York City, who previously won $5 million in the lottery and who bought $15 worth of tickets for Wednesday’s drawing, laughingly said that his luck had brought him a big belly and numerous relatives.
“You know I don’t need the money. I bought it just for kicks,” he said. “If I won, I guess I could find more relatives to take care of ”
Many of the bettors were first-time players struggling to fill out the red-and-white computer cards wliile others carefully calculated their numbers, using birthdays, addresses, telephone numbers, or in the case of Helen Bradley, taking a tip from a “psychic niece” in California.
The pace averaged 17,654 bets per minute through the day at the state’s 3,500 Lotto outlets.
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New Braunfels Courtyard Center 10 A.M. to 9 PM.