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Rod Rolle/Newsmakers
SUZ1E PECH-TORRES of Oxnard, Cali., stands at a momorial for the crash victims of flight 261
in Point Hueneme on Wednesday.
Two pieces
of Alaskan
plane found
POftT HUENEME, Calif. (AP) - Searchers found
the intact tail of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 and recov
ered the flight data recorder Thursday, two pieces key to
determining why the jetliner plummeted into the ocean.
Underwater robots exploring the ocean floor found
where the wreckage came to rest after the MD-83
crashed Monday, killing all 88 aboard.
A submersible sent up video images of a piece of the
' fuselage with four windows, several large pieces up to
six feet wide and numerous smaller pieces. The airline’s.
logo - the smiling face of an Alaskan Eskimo - is clear
ly visible on the tail, said John Hammerschmidt, a mem
ber of the National Transportation Safety Board.
Hammerschmidt declined to say whether searchers
had found any bodies, some of which are believed
trapped unaer me aeons.
Navy crews had earlier salvaged the cockpit voice
recorder from about 640 feet of water. The flight data
recorder recovered Thursday about 200 feet away would
show the positions of the plane’s controls and whether a
problem with the horizontal stabilizer on the tail was
merely a symptom of a larger failure that led to
Monthly’s crash.
“That will tell the tale,” said William Waldock, asso
ciate director for the Center for Aerospace Safety
Education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
The discovery came as friends and relatives of the
crash victims gathered along the beach facing the Santa
Barbara Channel for a private memorial.
A few mourners roamed the shore alone, some clus
tered in small groups and others waded a few feet into
the ocean. The group gathered inside the Point Mugu
Naval Air Weapons Station, and reporters were kept out
of the compound.
From the beginning, the investigation has focused on
the horizontal stabilizer because ^ie pilots had reported
problems with it.
On Thursday, Hammerschmidt detailed interviews
with Alaska mechanics, who described helping the
pilots troubleshoot a “runaway stabilize^'W'hich forced
the plane’s nose down.
At one point, the pilots asked if there were any hid
den circuit breakers for the stabilizer’s electrical con
trols. That suggests they already had shut off one set of
circuit breakers - a standard remedy for a runaway stabi
lizer, also known as runaway trim.
Avalanches strike Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -
The worst avalanches to hit Alaska in
decades have closed the only high
way linking the Kenai Peninsula
with Anchorage and the rest of the
state, leaving thousands of residents
and travelers stranded for a fourth
“This is the worst we’ve had
since the ‘70s for sure and probably
before that,” said Chris Kepler, a
maintenance chief for the state. “We
have rain and snow. We have all the
ingredients for perfect avalanches .”
Residents of the Renai Peninsula
were warned Thursday not to expect
relief anytime soon.
Kepler did not know when the
highway would reopen.
About 2,000 people were with
out power, and Chugach Electric
officials said it could be seven days
or more before electricity is restored.
, The avalanches have cut off all
traffic and left a number of tiny com
munities on the Renai Peninsula, a
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rugged, triangle-shaped land mass
that juts into the Gulf of Alaska, even
more isolated than usual. The 127
mile Seward Highway is the only
road between the peninsula and
Though Kenai Peninsula resi
dents live about 40 miles south of
Anchorage, they still count on being
able to drive there to run errands
such as buying groceries, and in
some cases go to work, during the
Gov. Tony Knowles will seek
federal disaster assistance,
spokesman Bob King said.
A railroad worker was killed by
an avalanche Tuesday. Kerry
Brookman, 53, was operating a bull
dozer to clear tracks next to die high
way when a slide swept him and the
bulldozer 500 feet.
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of Bush
not happy
Republican strategists, elected
officials, fund-raisers and other
backers of George W. Bush are
nervously sifting through his stun
ning defeat in New Hampshire
and demanding a change in tactics
from their troubled front-runner.
The GOP establishment, heav
ily invested in the Texas gover
nor’s success, has a case of the jit
“You’ve got to believe it is
hard to get through to the ‘202’
exchange today because the lines
are buzzing about this in^
Washington,” said Nelson
Warfield, former press secretary
for 1996 nominee Bob Dole.
“I’m bleeding for the guy right
now,” said Rich Bond, who was an
operative for the candidate’s
father, former President Bush.
With McCain passing up
Delaware’s primary next week,
South Carolina’s Feb. 19 contest
has become critical for both men.
Bush’s lead in state polls evaporat
ed overnight with die news of his
New Hampshire finish, according
to two sets of South Carolina sur
veys released Thursday.
“The prop-wash of defeat is
going to be around for a while,”
Bush told reporters Thursday.
■ Washington
Bauer to drop out of GOP race
Bauer, the janitor’s son who served
in Ronald Reagan’s White House
and mounted a presidential bid of his
own, has decided to drop out of the
race, a source close to the conserva
tive activist said Thursday.
The official, speaking on condi
tion of anonymity, said Bauer plans
to announce the move at a news con
ference this morning.
Bauer is a well-established social
conservative who fared well in pres
idential debates, needling front-run
ner George W. Bush on abortion and
China policy.
However, Bauer had trouble
carving out a constituency in a
crowded field of GOP conserva
He could not climb above 1 per
cent in the critical New Hampshire
primary. . v,
■ Washington
NASA ready to help station
administrator Daniel Goldin said the
United States will launch its own
service module to the International
Space Station late this year if Russia
fails to put up a module by this sum
Goldin, in an interview with
journalists Thursday, said he hopes
the Russians, who are more than a
year behind schedule, will complete
and launch a service module to the
space station by July.
But if they fail, he said, the U.S.
will be ready.
The Russian part of the space
station initially fell behind schedule
because the government failed to
provide the funds to meet the com
The effort was further delayed
recently by two failures of Proton
rockets, the launcher the Russians
will use to put the modules in orbit.
■ Michigan "
Ford offers workers computers
DETROIT (AP) - For $5 a
month, Ford Motor Co. will offer all
of its 350,000 workers worldwide a
home computer, color printer and
Internet access.
The offer, available beginning in
April, is one of the largest efforts by
a company to equip its workers with
computers and might ratchet up
pressure on Ford’s competitors to
match the offer.
The deal, coordinated by
PeoplePC Inc., of San Francisco,
requires monthly payments of $5 for
three years, or $ 180 total.
■ Spain
Shop floor hills during sale
MADRID, Spain (AP) - The
floor collapsed under a crush of bar
gain hunters Thursday in a store in
southern Spain, sending dozens of
shoppers and piles of debris plung
ing into the basement. At least 161
people were injured.
The collapse came as several
hundred people jammed around a
cash register to buy one of 36 arm
chairs on sale for $17.65, down from
the stated regular price of $229.
The Muebles Peralta furniture
store in the town of Dos Hermanns,
on the outskirts of Seville, had
opened at 10 a.m. for the sale. The
floor collapsed about five minutes
At least 13 people were in seri
ous condition, and 138 were hospi
talized for less severe injuries, said
Zacarias Cotan, a police spokesman
in Seville. A 20-year-old woman had
to have her/crushed spleen and left
kidney removed, while a pregnant
woman suffered a broken pelvis.