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J kFfnfnrfriy .- . .. .. f7 sports , short takes joj Triscilla' Players make j Manning inks Video f br Elton Johiiv j offer to end i Suns pact; Music y V. f t 'Peter Pan' - 'St -i baseball strike j Tisdale next? Awards winners Final Edition TTthttr 1MMA ffiEPUMLlC 50c Copyright 1994, The Arizona Republic M Friday, September 9, 1994 Phoenix, Arizona 105th year, No. 114 USAir crash near PlttsMrgtti kills 13 String of crashes puts busy airline in hot seat Republic Wire Services PITTSBURGH It was a perfect night to fly, clear and calm, a far cry from the raging thunderstorms that whipped through North Carolina's Charlotte-Douglas International Airport just 66 days ago. Yet mysteriously, the Boeing 737-300 nose-dived just moments from landing in Pittsburgh, leaving those who take scant comfort in weather-related disasters mystified. For USAir, it was the fifth crash in almost exactly five years, a dismal record even for an airline whose jets take off 2,500 times a day at more than 200 airports around the world and carry nearly 54 million passengers a year. Coming just two months apart, Thursday night's See 'USAIR', page A 10 CRASH OF USAIR FLIGHT 427 Flight 427 originated in Chicago, destined for Pittsburgh and West Palm Beach, Fla, I Boeing 737-300 1 : "(iso) J Area of I V. """""'- ",xr-, AlllUpa a ' ChlM0OFliBh,pna'h 10km - V H . ill IN . - ' 'Pittsburgh K h5L ' International N PENNSYLVANIA Pittsburgh Pittsburgh PA. " Fifth USAir fatal crash in 5 years July 2, 1994 Charlotte, N.C. 37 people killed March 22, 1992 - New York's LaGuardia, 27 killed Feb. 1, 1991- Los Angeles, 34 were I Sept. 20, 1989 LaGuardia, 62 killed It you need more information on Flight 437 call USAIr at ( 703)4 18-5 100 Flight started in Chicago; wreck is airline's 5 th fatal one in 5 years Joe Willie SmithThe Arizona Republic Republic Wire Services ALIQUIPPA, Pa. - A USAir jetliner nose-dived into a field while trying to land Thursday outside Pittsburgh, killing all 131 people on board. It was the deadliest crash in the United States in seven years. Flight 427 originated at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and was to stop in Pittsburgh before continuing to West Palm Beach, Fla. The accident was the fifth fatal USAir crash in the past five years, The last three fatal crashes by regularly scheduled commercial airlin- MONTINI: Tragedy visits my hometown, Bl ers in the United States have involved USAir planes: a 737 that skidded off the runway at New York's La Guardia and into Flushing Bay, killing 27 people; a DC-9-30 that went down outside Charlotte, N.C, killing 37; and Thursday's disaster. "I looked up, and there it was," See USAIR CRASH, page A 10 F-15 pilot hit with 26 counts Accused in downing of 2 copters in Iraq By Richard A. Serrano Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON In an extremely rare reaction to a "friendly fire" incident, the Air Force announced Thursday that it has charged the pilot of an F-15 fighter jet with 26 counts of negligent homicide in the mistaken downing in April of two U.S. helicopters over Iraq. Twenty-six people, including 15 Americans, were killed when the aircraft apparently were mistaken for Russian-built "Hind" helicopters flown by the Iraqi military. Five other Air Force crew members were charged with dereliction of duty in the April 14 catastrophe in a "no-fly zone" over northern Iraq. Those crew members were part of an AWACS team, or Airborne Warning and Control Systems, entrusted with monitoring and identifying aircraft in a given area. The harsh charges against the F-15 pilot, which could result in a lengthy prison sentence, mirror the tough stance the Pentagon has taken in dealing with one of the worst self-inflicted tragedies in the U.S. military. Friendly-fire accidents have occurred frequently in the past, including the 1991 Persian Gulf War, but Pentagon officials said they knew of no recent cases in which military members were court-martialed on See 26 HOMICIDE, pageA9 Berlin bids farewell to Western forces (X . . - ' '--" -f i r .mi HI I ,-I ... 'f : I ... -r xi , y III & ir. Y V RwKy1xW;J,?J All 11 2L I V 1:.'.'.' i a iv II II iWLl Reinhard KrauseReuters French and German troops (above) participate in a military tattoo at the historic Brandenburg Gate in a ceremony marking the end of half a century of military occupation in Berlin. Berliners (left) gave Western allies a hero's send-off Thursday, barely a week after the last of the Red Army's forces went home. "We've completed our mission. Now it's time to go," said U.S. Army Gen. Walter Yates, commander of the Berlin Brigade, noting the Americans once promised they would never leave Berlin until it was free and united. "Germany is now free and united," he said. "Our soldiers have done a good job." Story. A20. . T::';rr:;::3;'. Eckehard SchulzThe Associated Press Dial Corp to sponsor Fiesta Bowl '95 game is last for IBM OS2 By Bob Cohn The Arizona Republic The Fiesta Bowl will have a new sponsor and a new name when it plays host to a potential national championship college-football game on Jan. 2, 1996, at Sun Devil Stadium. Twenty-six days later, Super Bowl XXX will be played on the same field. Coming to the Fiesta's rescue is the Dial Corp, the new "backup" corporate sponsor that stepped forward when IBM decided last week to end its sponsorship of the bowl. Bowl officials said Thursday that the search for a permanent sponsor will continue, In the meantime, the Dial Corp will replace IBM as the bowl's principle corporate sponsor. The upcoming game on Jan, 1 will be the final IBM OS2 Fiesta Bowl. "It is our mission to go out and get a sponsor to replace (IBM) as soon as possible," said past Fiesta Bowl President Bob Hunt, who was instrumental in scaling the deal with John Teets, Dial's chief executive officer, after the bowl was temporarily left without corporate backing. "But in the interim,, we are solid in our financial commitment," Hunt said. If the Fiesta Bowl fails to land another sponsor, Dial Corp is on board for the six years of the new bowl alliance that begins after the 1995 regular season at a cost of $20 million. CBS reportedly is adding about $90 million over the period. The Fiesta's bid to the alliance was $118 million. The balance will be paid out primarily through ticket sales. IBM, which replaced Sunkist as sponsor in 1991, decided to "get out of the sports marketing business," Hunt said. Meanwhile, the new bowl alliance on Thursday approved the Fiesta's request to stage a matchup of the two top teams available as soon as the alliance goes into effect. See FIESTA BOWL, page A 14 Mahoney's image quirky by design News Analysis By Martin Van Der Werf The Arizona Republic He portrays himself as the outsider, the crusader for clean government, the man who will have no allegiances to anyone. ' Every political race, it seems, has a candidate like that. The Democratic U.S. Senate primary has Dick Maho-ney. Four years ago, Mahoney rode his crusade into the Secretary of State's Office. Now he wants to do the same EIEC1I'94 with the Senate. From a distance, . his campaign shows all the hallmarks of a shoestring operation, : Mahoney, 43, is running his campaign from a back bedroom in his Phoenix home, The front rooms are littered with campaign volunteers stuffing envelopes, answering phones and carrying out campaign signs to be pounded into place. His television ads look low-rent, with intentionally crude production values and choppy soundtracks. His showcase ad portrays him carrying a shovel to pick up horse droppings in a Prcscott parade, then saying he will have to do a lot of similar work in Washington. It is an image that is cleverly calculated for a candidate who, in criticizing others, must make sure that his own integrity is above reproach. See mmm, page A12 Roswell UFO was secret balloon, US. says By John Diamond The Associated Press WASHINGTON . A supposed alien spacecraft discovered near Roswell, N.M., 47 years ago likely was a secret Army Air Forces balloon designed to monitor Soviet nuclear testing, the Air Force concluded Thursday, The Air Force, in a report on the "Roswell Incident," said a wave of i sensational bopks and television spe-t cials are "undocumented, taken out of t; context, " self-serving -or otherwise " : dubious.' ;ir:: ; r, - : " ' The July J 947 discovery of wreckage on a ranch near Roswell has been" . at the center of longstanding disputes ' between UFO advocates and the government over ' whether the Air - Force has been hiding evidence about 'alien-spacecraft discoveries. The Air Force began its investiga-" lion earlier this year amid charges that it was covering up the truth. The material found near Roswell consisted . of foil-wrapped fabric, " wooden sticks, rubber pieces and small :. r-Sce ROSWELL, page A8 t " -'"luiiijiinpiiimu. jji i mug 1 jp ill i 1 mtj.:fmmttmmQ ,m,,mmiaummmmm : if j - l u hi TV- ' , ( Cj J Natl HarnikThe Associated Press PONDERING POPULATION An Iranian delegate reviews, notes at the U.N. population conference in Cairo. The abortion deadlock held Thursday, but other issues advanced. Story, A18. Inside Governor: No Mallet inquiry See Page Bl Astrology E14 Bridge E14 Business . Dl Chuckle A2 Clancy & Co. B8 Classified CL1 Comics CL11, 17 Dear Abby E14 Dr. Gott E14 Editorial B6 Mclntyre E14 Montini Bl Movies E7 Obituaries CL16 Prayer A2 Puzzles E14 Short Takes El J Sports CI Television E12 Weather B8 Weekend El Clinton's service corps taking shape By Angle Cannon Knight Rldder Tribune WASHINGTON When a meatpacking plant closed in Philadelphia, Thelma Bea, 59, was out of work but not out of energy. Today, she is one of President Clinton's AmcriCorps volunteers, helping the families of people with AIDS. So is Ian Stewart, 23, who was wrapped up in history classes and a part-time job while in college. "I did a lot of talking but not much action," he says. Today, he's hammering nails in south Miami homes for families uprooted by Hurricane Andrew. On Monday, amid great fanfare, Clinton will formally launch AmcriCorps, his new national-service initiative, swearing in about 15,000 volunteers on the South Lawn and via satellite in cities across the country. See VOLUNTEERS, pageA6

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