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Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - February 4, 1959, Long Beach, California 65 PERISH AS JET LINER PLUNGES tug Crew With Hooks Saves 8 in N.Yv fliver The Southland's Finest Evening Newspaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., WEDNESDAY, FEB. Vol. S PRICE10CENTS CLASSIFIED HE 64 PAGES TELEPHONE HE 5-1161 HOME EDITION (Six Editions Daily] JOAN MARIE ZELLER, stewardess of crashed American Airlines plane, is treat- ed in a hospital early today after her rescue from East BLEEDING FROM A CUT over.his eye, Seymour Kemach.of Brooklyn is brought Ashore from tug which picked him out of East Riveraftcr plane Tug Tells Awful Crash Scene NEW tugboat skiver today, gave a graphic eyewitness ac- count of the American Air- liner's crackup near.'. his vessel in the East River, and of frantic efforts rescue passengers. The Phelps, 48, said he would never be able to forget some of the awful Eights and. sounds. Pheips told this story: "We were heading flown the East River towing two empty barges' from Seabrook, Conn. We heard a terrific crash, was at the helm. noise seemed to come from-about 800 feet away. We turned on a searchlight and saw a plane cracking up in all directions. "WE .IMMEDIATELY c U t NEW YORK (AP) A glistening new jet-powered American Airlines plane with 73 persons aboard plunged into the chilling, fog-covered waters of the East River with a shatter- ing crash late Tuesday night. Sixty-five apparent- y perished, despite feverish rescue efforts by harbor craft. The- plane's pilot, using in- struirients because of the murky was feeling his way gingerly toward a runway at La Giiardia Airport .after flight from Chicago. But for some undetermined reason, the big four-engine turbo-prop croft smacked into the water and burst apart about half a mile from 'the shore end of the runway. Boy Heroic Mom Saved Tells Terror NFAV YORK Little Robert' Sullivan, .8 vas-sitting in the seat o he big airliner next to his tommy. .Nearby were his father and two sisters. They had been on a happ excursion .to iyisit relatives they often did, an were almost back home again. Then came the nightmare. From a hospital bed later, little loose the barges, and I and some of the crew members jumped into the water. It was a shallow place, and we waded through mud. "I pulled three persons out There seemed to be bodies al around, and there were con tinual screams for help. SOME OF the passengers and crew were flung from'or floated oiit of the wreckage be- fore it sank to the river bot- tom 30 to 36 feet below. A tugboat chugging along a few hundred feet away cut loose two barges it was towing lere from Connecticut am raced to the crash site. Crew- men leaped into the water or used boathooks to pull out thc eight persons known to have survived. One was an 8-year-old boy, Robert Sullivan. All through the night and into a doleful gray, rainy dawn a huge array of boats the grimy river waters for bodies. By mid-morning only 20 had been recovered, leaving 45 still missing. The eight surviv- ors were in hospitals. ONE WOMAN, the mother of the rescued boy, also had been Robert told about it in halting phrases as he emerged from [he shock of a terrible scries of events. "I WAS sitting in the seat next to he said. "I don't know .what hap- pened but all of a sudden began to slide and we went Red Army Frees U. S. Convoy at Germany Border HELMSTEDT, Germany Soviet Union tonight released a U. S. truck convoy held in East Ger- many for two days, thus meeting the demands of a sharp American note to Moscow. The four-truck convoy manned by five soldiers rolled into West permany at p. m. The Red Army released the convoy after the Uniled States rushed diplomatic trouble- shooter Findlay Burns here from Berlin for a conference with the Soviet political adviser to the Russian army in Ger- Dulles Flies to London for Urgent Talk's LONDON tary of State Dulles flew in from Washington today for many. This represented a victory for the United States in its ussle with the Soviet Union over the question of free access o isolated West Berlin. THE RELEASE followed a lop-level protest from Presi- dent Eisenhower, who if nounccd the halting of the con voy as a violation of agree ments Russia had made 'with the Western Big Three powers Trie United States in a for mal note charged the Sovie Union with a "clear violation' of American rights by holding! urgent talks Avith thc convoy- from jso. leaders on Western policy in Berlin to Wcst Germany. Germany and elsewhere m Europe. IT have new pro- he told 'reporters at the; airport." "I have -coine .here because I suspect that in coming.weeks we will be forced to take dif- ficult pressed on us by the -Soviet Union. 'It is vital that.the Western lations should understand each AFTER TWO DAVS of con- sultations in London, D Miles The, Russians had shrugged .off previous protests. The break in the deadlock came ai it was learned that the Russians had held up and in- spected a British army on the. same Berlin hi and at the same point last Monday. WITH LIGHTS ON', the four Army trucks loaded with jeeps roared past the American checkpoint at Helmstedt with- out stopping. The five soldiers looked solemn after being ma- CPL. R. C. MASIERO, in charge of U.S. Army- conyoy blocked by Russians, wouldn't let .them examine cargo. the.- American, military-, com- mander in Berlin, rushed-here late this afternoon to prod the Russians inlo freeing the big military trucks. Negotiations for the release of the convoy, stalled tantaliz. under the seat. "Then I was on so moth in in the water. "Mommy was holding me. "Then in the water we couldn't stay up. "I tried to hold my breath, was cold, ily arms felt frozen." KfffiERT SULLIVAN, St survivor of New York plane crash, is carried ashore from rescue LITTLE K O B E I! T speak no further. But "We got eight persons aboard, using boat hooks on most of them. "One of the people was under four feet of water, and the only way we saw thc body was from B reflection on o belt buckle. PHELPS SAID one of the survivors picked up was a lit- tle boy, later identified as Rob- ert Sullivan, Hempstead, Long Island. The boy was swimming in the frigid waters. "He was numb with cold and unable to captain said. the tugboat The tug skippered by Phelps was the H. Thomas Teti Jr. of Ihe New England Dredge and Dock Co., based at Norwalk, Conn. It picked up eight sur- vivors. "IF ONLY THEKE had been more boats Phelps In dejection. "Survivors couldn't last long in that water. We waited until we were sure there were ro more living around, and we started toward ihore." The captain paused, then re counted the rest of the story: 'When we got to the scene the pulled from the water alive but died afterward. The boy said later his mother swam and held his head above water before he was rescued. Swirling river currents, plus rain and wind up to 40 m.p.h., hampered the search for other bodies, and gave rise to fears that some of them might be swept miles out into Long Is- land Sound. The site ot the crash was marked by a few floating pieces of the Lock- heed Electra airliner a type put into service with great fan- fare only a few weeks ago. There also were some heart- breaking other reminders of thc tragedy such as a baby's glove, a woman's shoe, a pack- 124 IN DROP plans to go on to Paris and Bonn. am confident that after all -these talks we will be in better position to meet the problems of the 'he said. I shall do more listening than talking." As Dulles arrived reports cir- culated in London that Prime Minister Macmillan has decided to' accept a long-standing in- vitation to visit Moscow, prob ably next month. rooned since Monday inside ingly' within sight of West CJermany, shitted into high gear thus morning. A U. S. Army officer met with a Soviet army officer at the check-point for 10 minutes Communist East Germany. Burns, political adviser tofContinued: on Page A-2, Col. 3.) (Continued on Page A-3, Col. 5) {Continued on Page A-3, Col. 1) TIC-TAC-TOE for Bold Heads Fowtd A new use for bald was found here today. Police arrested a 53-year- man on drunk charges. The man had a scalp Yul Brynner. Tattooed In lipstick atop, thc bald pate WM a tic-tac toe game, Thc X'i bad won. could some- how he knew of the tragedy that had befallen him. His mur- murs to attendants made it all too plain that he knew his parents and sisters were dead. Robert and his mother were rescued from the icy waters and rushed to thc hospital. His mother was alive at the time, but died in the hospilal. His father, Joseph, and sis- !ers, Patricia, 13, and Joan, 5, were listed among those miss- ing as searchers continued to scour the waters of the East Kiver for bodies. DECKHANDS ON a tugboat steaming along the river near- by at the time of the crash re- ported seeing a man, holding a little blonde girl, swept under the surface of the water as the plane was sinking. They were belived to be Rob- ert's father and one of his sis- ters. The Sullivan family lived in a Cape Cod-type residence in nearby Hempstead, Long Island. A relative, Joseph McNully, said the family had a close at- tachment with other relatives in Chicago and often flow there for visits. THE J-ATHBR had been a flier himself during World War II, McNuIty said, and was shot down. He spent 11 months in a prison camp. .Nevertheless, McNulfy said, Sullivan continued to enjoy fly- ing as a civilian, and thus nearly always traveled by plane with his family. "To them, flying was just like taking a said Me Nulty. Jetliner in Wild Fall Toward Sea Below NEW YORK thought my jaws and shoulders were leaving my body." "Thc pressure was terrific." Excited passengers used those terms to describe how it feels to be in a big jet plane when it takes a sudden dive of nearly feet. One of Pan American World Airways' new jet clippers, put into transatlantic service only a few weeks ago, made such a dive at p.m. Tuesday while TUB REPORTS said Mac- millan will be prepared to cuss with Primier Nikita Khru- shchev a general.casing of East- iVest tension, including the Ger- man problem, control of nu- clear weapons and expansion of trade between the U.S.S.R. and the non-Communist world. British Foreign Secretary Selwyn T.loyd welcomed the visitor at London Airport. Ike Bares Vigorous Protest on Convoy WASHINGTON Eisenhower an- noiinced ioday thc Uniled States had made a vigorous protest to fhe Soviet government itself against Red Army action in holding an American military truck con- voy in East Germany. The convoy was released Ioday. route from Paris to New York1 with 124 passengers and BEIILAH ZACHABY, producer of the Kukla, Fran and Ollie tele- vision program, is list- ed among the dead in New York crash. crew members. The to malfunctioning of a device used to keep the plane on even keel began as the plane was cruising at feet above the Atlantic. It was halted at an altitude of about The pilot Capt W, Waldo Lynch, then took the craft back to its regular cruis ing level until a landing could _ be made at Gander, Mid., p.m. t t FIVE OF TIIK passengers who reached New York at 3 a.m. iuday on another plane lent to Gamier to pick them up, expressed belief that they iay have suffered back or other injuries. They were sent to hospitals iene Kelly, 43, who was re- .urning from a visit with his daughter in Switzerland. Kelly ioked about the event later. A small baby slept through :he incident. A Pan American spokesman said the sudden dive of the big Boeing 707 plane had resulted from trouble with the craft's automatic pilot. He said thc difficulty occurred in a com- ponent which "trims" the plane it level.. Others aboard the plane in- cluded several fashion writers returning from Paris shows. Dulles planned quick talk with have a S. Gen. Weather- Mostly clear tonight and sunny Thursday, but some fog along the coast Thursday morning. Little ehMge m temperature. Maximum temperature by noon today: 63. AF Plane Missing, 12 Men Aboard Lauris Norstad, the supreme commander of North Atlantic Alliance forces in Europe, and then meet with Lloyd and Mac- milian. BRITISH OPINION favors a change in the Western ap- proach which would offer a demonstration of Allied flexi- bility. There is a strong feel- ing here that any new allied proposal to unite Germany will stand a better chance of brcak- ng Ihe East-West deadlock than thc often rejected demand 'or free all-German elections. Leaving Washington Tues- day, Dulles told newsmen he hoped to make some progress in arranging a Big Four meet- ing with Russia on Germany. He did not specify at what level. The secretary spoke with re- porters after conferring with (President Eisenhower at' the The President also told a news conference that Russja's claims of "pinpoint accuracy" for blasting American targets with intercontinental ballistic missiles sound like propaganda to him. HB DENIED that Russian missile.progress has upset the balance of power between the Soviet Union and the United Stales and rejected the idea that Soviet power could knock out U. S. striking power in a single massive blow. Eisenhower compared Soviet military claims of long-range missiles with pinpoint accuracj to Soviet claims of having in- vented the flying machine, thc telephone, the automobile and other things. His voice rising, Eisenhower asked why reporters should be so respectful of Soviet claims if they are not so respectful of other claims apparently backdrop at the news confer- ence for the initial focus on Germany. Diplomatic author- ities bdiieve the Soviet govern- ment is trying to put the West- ern powers under heavy pres- sure to make concessions, espe- cially in respect to their re- fusal to withdraw from West Berlin. t IN" TIIK protest, thc United States charged Russia with a "clear violation" of American rights in holding tlic truck convoy. In a formal note, thc State' Department called on the Soviet government to "take the (Continued on Page A-2, Col. 6) meaning claims from the U. S. and the Allied side as to mili- tary capability. 1IR EMPHASISED that the United States has just fired an Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile, and called thc firing absolutely successful. Thc discussion of Soviet mill tary power provided a kind o for precautionary Xrays by the airline before being put up In hotels. The airline said that, al though the plane was operat- ing on its automatic pilot, the copilot must be on duly there at all times. Thc pilot was in a lounge next to thc cockpit when the craft started to dive and raced into the cockpit to take over manual control and bring the plane back to 'an even keel. AMONG THOSE aboard the nose-diving craft wai actor WASHINGTON A B50 weather reconnaissance plane with 1Z mem aboard h missing In the of Ber- tbe Air Force uU to- Aircraft from Bermuda are Marching for the plane. The mHsing plaiM was based at Bermnda, of the 59th Weather Kecon- Squadron there. First advices received here did not when Ike plane took off or how lone it gona unreported. However, the Air Force, wid a Japanese ship reported aeeing a plane craah Into tea west Bermuda. Vhite House. He gave thc im- ession he has in mind a con- erence sometime between April 2-4, when the Atlantic Pact powers meet in Washington, nd May 27, thc deadline set by Russia for handing the East erman Communists control of Allied supply lines to West Ber- lin. WHERE TO .FIND IT Jack Frye. pioneer pilot am air transport operator, killed ir auto accident. Story and pictur on Page A-8. Marquee FaUs, 5 Canadians Die QUEBEC CITY (UPD marquee collapsed on a crowd of shoppers today. Police reported four or five persons were killed. Police said at least six other persons were Injured when the mariuee, laden with heavy snow, collapsed on the udewalk Beach B-I, Hal B-1J. B-1S. C-S to IS. C-6, 7. Dtatk B-Z. B-12. B-S. Shipping C-l, 2, .1. The B-10, 11. THes, TV, C-ll. B-I, S. ANS SHOUT Bedlam Hits Funeral of Dors1 Mate LONDON fu- neral of Dennis Hamilton, estranged husband of actress Diana Dors, turned into bed- lam today. Shouting fans mounted church pew's and scrambled in front of tha mourning star for autographs. Four photographers, taking pictures of Miss Dors pray- ing, were ordered to leave the St. James Roman Catholic Church. Scores of women, many clutching their chil- dren, jostled around the star as she walked behind the coffin. One woman pushed her way through the milling crowd and grabbed Miss Dors by the arm. The star, sob- bing, appealed to a friend to help her through the mob. Miss Dors attended the low requiem mass alone. She sat opposite family mourners'of Hamilton, 31, who died, of a heart ailment Saturday. ;