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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 1, 1983, Tokyo, JapanTuesday february 1, 1983 Pacific stars and stripes investigation set in Cable tragedy compiled from wire service Singapore ordered an i despite warning shouts from onlookers the tugboats pulled the Rig ended their efforts after concluding there were Only 21 people aboard the seven car system the seven killed an injured boy pulled from the water and 13 others who were rescued after dangling in stalled cars for about nine hours. Search and Rescue operation shave been called off police spokes Man a Yong Weng a said. Singapore broadcasting corp. Said divers had located both fallen Cable cars and were trying to Clear away tangled mess around one of them that was stuck in the prime minister s office said an open and thorough investigation will be held immediately. The president will be advised bythe Cabinet to appoint a commission of inquiry to look into the cause leading to the Accident and to take measures to prevent similar occur ances. The incident began when the Panama registered Drill ship eniwetok was being towed out of the Keppel shipyard where it had been fitted with the drilling Tower another equipment in a conversion from a cargo about 6 08 . Saturday the Impact made two of the brightly coloured Cable cars jump their lines and plummet 150 feet into the water. Screams from those trapped inside and the splashing sound brought a moment s silence from witnesses. Everyone was petrified said a port worker. Singapore authorities controlled crowd of onlookers estimated at 10,000 As they mounted a Rescue operation involving 5,000 soldiers policemen firemen port worker Sand frogman that ended sunday morning. Two army helicopters played lights on the hanging Cable cars in the morning darkness As Rescue workers in other copters brought the 13 stranded passengers to safety Oneby one. The bodies of the seven dead were recovered from the two Cable cars that plummeted into the 66-foot Dee Channel police said. Among those killed were two american businessmen Fred m. Kresser and Fred y. Kunimoto Bot from Hawaii and two malaysians living in Singapore. Copter Lowers Rescue worker to stranded Cable car. Up Weinberger seeks f-18 funds juggling probe by Dwight trimmer ass Washington Bureau chief Washington promising answers by april defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger has ordered an investigation into congressional allegations that Navy officials have been illegally juggling funds for the new f-18 Jet fighter. Weinberger initiated the investigation after the House appropriations committee accused the Navy of using funds earmarked for other programs to cover the rising costs of the f-18 appropriations panel fired an angry letter to Weinberger charging the Navy with misleading Congress. They claimed the Nav had quietly diverted funds from related programs to pay for the new Jet a letter to House appropriations committee chairman Jamie l. Whitten,d-miss., Weinberger assured the congressman he would audit and review the Navy s action son the f-18. Whitten said the panel would not proceed any further with f-18 funding requests until the defense department gave them a detailed audit of the $40 billion program. The defense inspector general has begun that Navy allegedly diverted funds ear marked to Purchase f-18 support used that Money instead to pay for the planes themselves. That equipment include sophisticated tracking gear designed to improve the f-18 s bombing ability and special test equipment for the Jet. Now that equipment cannot be bought until fiscal 1984 and the f-18s May go into service without that needed gear according to House investigators. The f-18 air plane is built by the Mcdonnell Douglas corp. And current plans Call for the eventual delivery of 1,366 planes. The f-18 has been plagued with problem throughout its developmental stage and the Pentagon has considered cancelling its production. . Times Lisbon Portugal negotiation Between the United states and Portugal on the future of air base facilities in the portuguese azores have become stalled due to the current governmental crisis in por United states is hoping to secure an agreement allowing these of portuguese Mainland bases for the first time in addition to renewing the current agreements. The four year lease of Lajes a on Terceira Island regarded by Ameri can military experts As an important refuelling Stop for planes sent to Europe the Middle East and Africa expires feb. 4. If a renewal agreement is not ready then a Extension of one year can take effect. Bases in Exchange for Aid with a caretaker government i charge negotiations for Mainland installations Are in doubt. According to official portuguese sources Washington has asked permission to build satellite tracking station and to use negotiations with Portugal on future of . Air base stalled by crisis in Lisbon several bases on the Mainland i Exchange for More military Aid. Under the current agreement the United states gave Portugal $60 million in military Aid. In a relate agreement it has also Given $80 million in economic Aid in the Las four years to the azores a mid Atlantic archipelago used for bases by the British in world War ii. President Reagan is seeking to increase military Aid to Portugal to $90 million this fiscal year a 50percent increase. Prime minister Francisco Pinto Balsemo s resignation in Decem Ber because of fighting in his rightist parliamentary coalition plunged the country into political uncertainty. President Antonio Ramalho eanes has called an Earl general election and has asked the caretaker government to remain Long enough to pass urgently needed legislation. Balsemo agreed to remain in office temporarily but has questioned whether a caretaker administration can pass major Bills. The military agreement with the United states which started in 1951 and was renewed four times is Amajor source of military and eco nomic Aid. Formal negotiations for renewal began in Lisbon on dec. 6, but a subsequent session set for jan.10 did not take place because of the political the negotiations from the american standpoint is the portuguese insistence on reaching agreement first on the azores base and then dealing with the other requests. Azores question first the items Are separable bal Senmao said in an interview. We have an agreement concerning the azores. We Are ready to negotiate a new agreement. That s one is eventual requests by the . For facilities outside the position is they have to be considered return for granting the other requests he said his government wants help re equipping the armed forces and a comprehensive Labo agreement for people working in the bases. The american negotiators Are expected to argue that the administration has a better Chance of persuading Congress to go along with a package agreement covering both the azores and the Mainland installations

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