THE SALINA JOURNAL NEWS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1996 A3 V PERU PLANE CRASH Pilot stayed calm before crash All 70 passengers on Aeroperu Flight 603 are presumed dead By ERIC LYMAN The Associated Press A NCON, Peru — "What's happening? What altitude am I at? Why is my ground crash alarm on? Am I over land or sea?" '•' Capt. Erick Schreiber's voice was calm but his situation was desperate. His Boeing 757, carrying 70 people through night and fog, was lost. His navigational systems failing, he appealed for a guide plane to show him the way back to the airport, according to authorities . who recounted the last frantic minutes of Aeroperu Flight 603. Then, crash alarms sounding in the cockpit, Schreiber told the control tower to prepare a rescue. Then, silence. When day broke Wednesday, all that could be seen of the plane was a field of seats and other de.bris floating amid a fuel slick in the Pacific Ocean. A Peruvian reporter said the wreckage was scattered over a one-mile radius 40 miles off ; the coast. Ten bodies had been recovered by nightfall, President Alberto Fu. jimori said as he suspended the search until today. There was no sign that any of the 70 people on board — nine crew members and 61 passengers, including four '. Americans — had survived. I The Americans aboard were " Galen Canutsen, Samsina Niis Lindeen, Dennis Trial and Kenneth The Associated Press Relatives of passengers of a Peruvian jetliner that crashed Wednesday in the Pacific Ocean shortly after takeoff from Lima, Peru, comfort each other as they wait for news at the Santiago, Chili, airport. Vaisman Lichtman, the airline said. No hometowns were given. The pilot's appeal came only five minutes after the plane's 12:42 a.m. takeoff. Flight 603 was bound from Lima, the Peruvian capital, to Santiago, the capital of Peru's southern neighbor, Chile. "I don't have any instruments," Schreiber said, according to Transportation Minister Elsa Carrera, who heard a tape of his conversation with the control tower in Lima. "What's happening? What altitude am I at? Why is my ground crash alarm on? Am I over land or sea?" "You're over sea," the tower re- ported. Schreiber calmly asked for a plane to guide him back to the airport. Just before 1:10 a.m., Schreiber advised the tower to prepare for a rescue. Then the tower lost contact with the aircraft. Carrera said Schreiber never lost his composure during his 28- minute conversation with the tower. "The pilot's calmness, his serenity was incredible," she said. An independent aviation expert in Tacoma, Wash., said that while it is still too early to know what caused the crash, it was unlikely that the navigation instruments would completely fail. The chances are "almost infinitesimal," John Nance said. Boeing spokeswoman Susan Bradley was even more adamant. "It's unheard of. It's never happened and it probably never will." She said Boeing 757s have two or three backup systems to each primary system in case of failure. "If everything went out, you could still fly the plane manually, the old-fashioned way," she said. Searchers found parts of the Boeing 757's fuselage about 40 miles off shore, west of Ancon, said Adm. Jaime Monge, head of navy rescue operations. Ancon is 30 miles north of Luna. The search for survivors was centered on a 50-mile stretch of the Peruvian coast in an area reaching 50 miles off shore, navy Capt. Gonzalo Jaurigui said. Fujimori said the plane's body had sunk some 550 feet, and had been dragged by the current more than three miles from the point of impact. As rescuers searched through the thick fog that covered the seas throughout the day, anxious family members and friends awaited word. Only 11 of the passengers were Peruvians. Of the remaining victims, there were 30 Chileans, two British, two Italians, a New Zealander, a Spaniard and 10 people from other Latin American countries. Aeroperu Flight 603 originated in Miami and, though the flight number remained the same, the plane was changed in Lima, said Raul Chiappo, Miami operations manager for Aeroperu. T CONGRESS T PLANE LAWSUIT Widow sues airline over husband's death By The Associated Press MIAMI — A man who suffered a heart attack on a jetliner might have survived had the pilot made an emergency landing, his widow says in a $10 million lawsuit. Carolyn McDowell's lawsuit said the Continental Airlines pilot announced he would land at Fort Lauderdale so her husband could get emergency treatment, but continued for about an hour to the Bahamas, the flight's destination. The pilot notified Nassau airport officials of the emergency, although the lawsuit contends paramedics did not have proper equip- ment because they were not told John McDowell had suffered a heart attack. Her lawsuit filed Tuesday in suburban Broward County circuit court accuses the airline of negligence. Continental doesn't comment on pending litigation, spokeswoman Karla Villalon said. AJcw* • • Oil SI/195 Change It Includes 15 point inspection and up to 5 quarts of oil 913-823-6372 Bennett Autoplex, Inc. Service Department 651 S. Ohio Your Choice OFF! All Finishes Exceptional savings on two of our newest paints! PURCHASE OF $50 OR MORE. SAVE on regular and sale priced paint, painting supplies, stains, wallcovering and more. Not valid in conjunction with any other discounts. Coupon has no cash value. Coupon expires October 7, 1996. Coupon #.74 01996 The Sherwin-Willianu Company. Not responsible for typographical or artwork errors. 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But after many votes — and a veto by President Clinton — they're leaving without achieving what they considered the "crown jewel" of their cherished "Contract With America." A major tax cut for families and businesses will have to wait until next year. Republicans did succeed in persuading Clinton to sign a laundry list of minor, targeted tax cuts. Among them: incentives for long- term care insurance, tax-free life insurance benefits for the terminally ill, tax-free medical savings accounts, expanded equipment writeoffs for small businesses, an increased health insurance deduction for the self employed, Individual Retirement Accounts for nonworking spouses and a $5,000 credit for adoptions. But none has the pizazz at the polls of a $500 a-child credit or a 50 percent cut in the capital gains rate. And Republicans were forced to accept a minimum wage increase as part of the deal. 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