Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan on September 4, 1998 · Page 4
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Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan · Page 4

Ironwood, Michigan
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Friday, September 4, 1998
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World Watch THE DAILY GLOBE, Ironwood. Ml — Friday, Sept. 4,1998 Page 8 Swissair Flight 111 crash Families head to Canada to identify remains HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Grief-stricken families from Europe and the United States flew to the rocky coast of Nova Scotia today to face the task of identifying remains pulled out of the Atlantic, where Swissair Flight 111 crashed into fragments. . Canadian officials today brought in the 200-foot submarine HMCS Okanagan, signaling they were preparing to shift gears from a massive rescue operation into a search and salvage mission. Rescue boats searched through the inky blackness all night in rough seas off the fishing village of Peggy's Cove for bodies and remnants of the MD-11 jumbo jet that crashed after its pilots reported smoke in the cockpit. The submarine began scouring the area with soar at 5 a.m. "We have not yet received any signal yet from the body of the aircraft," said Benoit Bouchard, head of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. "Last night, investigators did not have much to look at. That should come soon, today or tomorrow, if we get the black boxes." Officials hope to find the plane's flight recorders, which will shed light on the cause of the crash. Nothing larger than the size of a car has been found so far, said Lt. Ctndr. Jacques Fauteux, spokesman for the Canadian rescue operation. "It's likely to be a bad week here," said Ray Boutilier, 72, a lifelong seaman. "You never know what you're going to bring up in your nets." As authorities drew up plans to protect the mourners' privacy, details emerged from far-flung places about the array of distinguished professionals who were among the 229 people killed in Wednesday night's disaster. Brilliant doctors, high-powered executives, risk-taking relief workers were among the dead. Seven victims were affiliated with the United Nations. On Thursday, 137 Americans were reported to be on the flight, but Swissair said today that a re-examination of the passenger list has found there were only 132 of them aboard. Officials estimated Thursday night that 60 bodies had been recovered and taken to a morgue at a military base outside Halifax. They said none appeared to be burned, indicating there was no explosion or large fire. About a dozen grieving family members, clutching one another for support, silently filed through Halifax International Airport late Thursday. More than 110 relatives and helpers were ex- pected today on a Swissair flight from Switzerland, and others were coming from New York. A secluded area at Peggy's Cove, barricaded from journalists, was set up so mourners could look out over the ocean and watch boats and aircraft pursue the search. Swissair also announced it would pay $20,000 in immediate financial aid to each family who requested it. The MD-11 dropped off radar screens about 90 minutes after leaving New York's Kennedy International Airport late Wednesday on its way to Geneva. After a normal takeoff, the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and decided to turn back to Boston. They were told the Halifax airport was much closer, but they never made it there, crashing into the ocean 30 miles south of Halifax after dumping much of their fuel. Keith Anderson of the Canadian Air Traffic Association said Swissair pilot Urs Zimmermann talked several times with a control center in Moncton, New Brunswick, before the crash. "The initial call was to report smoke in the cockpit and the captain indicated an abnormal situa- tion," Anderson said. "He used the term PAN, which implies an emergency situation, but not a desperate situation." Swissair said today the pilots put out a "dense smoke" call before the PAN call, but there was no indication whether there was the passenger cabin, how dense it was or what caused it. There were no indications that the crash resulted from sabotage or a terrorist act, but investigators were not ruling anything out. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police called in explosives experts to examine debris for signs of a possible bomb blast. Vemon Grose, a former National Transportation Safety Board investigator, told NBC-TV today that the size of the debris being found could indicate that Flight 111 hit the water at a small angle, instead of plunging headfirst. Among those on board the jetliner were Dr. Jonathan Mann, an American who formerly headed the World Health Organization's anti- AIDS program, and Dr. Roger R. Williams of the University of Utah, a renown expert in the field of cardiovascular genetics. Grief grips relatives By MARK KENNEDY AP Writer One was a respected AIDS expert. Another, a grain executive on his way to a business meeting. A third was a guitar-playing nuclear physicist. With tears and stories, friends and relatives from New York to California and around the world mourned the loss of the 229 people killed whec Swissair Flight 111 went down Wednesday off the coast of Nova Scotia. The passenger roster of the doomed flight included newlyweds, young professionals hitting their stride, couples enjoying their retirement years and families off for a European adventure. The dead were from 15 countries. A stream of friends and family members stopped by the Tuscola, Dl., house of the Hausman family Thursday after hearing they had lost the youngest of their six children. Tom Hausman, 33, head of Continental Grain Co.'s Latin American division, had moved far from the farm where he grew up, but he always made time for trips home to catch up with family and take in a high school football game with friends. "Tom was still the same caring guy, despite his success," said Roger Kleiss, a close friend of Hausman since kindergarten. "I know this sounds like a cliche, but he really had a zest for life." So did Tara Nelson, a physician from Mystic, Conn., who was en route to France to rendezvous with her boyfriend and help her sister with the birth of her baby. "Everybody has their own Princess Diana. She was our Princess Diana," said her aunt, Laurie \ Michel, of Tenafly, N.J. "This is monstrous." Karen and Denis Maillet, 37- year-old engineers from Baton Rouge, La., planned a two-week vacation to introduce their 14- month-old son, Robert, to his French grandparents., Co-workers remembered Joan Hammond, 65, as a woman always ready with a smile and a hug. Hammond, an auditor for Washington's Snohomish County, planned to visit her husband's family in the Geneva area during - her first vacation in years. ' "If you had Joan as a friend, you didn't need to search much further," said county Executive Bob Drewel. The world of science was particularly hard hit by the crash, with the loss of Klaus Kinder-Geiger, the music-loving physicist developing a computerized model of nuclei; Per Spanne, who was working on using radiation to treat brain cancer; and Jonathan Mann and Mary-Lou Clements- Mann, a husband-and-wife team working on developing AIDS vaccines; Dr. Roger R. Williams, 54, an expert in the field of cardiovascular genetics, was flying to Geneva to head a meeting on one of his projects at the World Health Organization. Williams, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine, had developed an elaborate family tracking system to help identify people who were genetically predisposed to cardiovascular diseases. "Roger's passing is a tremendous loss to the university, our state and all who knew him," said John M. Mataen, of the University of Utah. 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