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8 Killed, 2 Injured in Tour Plane Crash Near Grand Canyon

Los Angeles Times

A tour plane carrying passengers over the Grand Canyon apparently lost an engine Monday and crashed while trying to return to the airport. Eight of the 10 people on board were killed, authorities said.

The crash was another in a long series of accidents that has plagued aircraft carrying tourists over and around the Grand Canyon. Congress has imposed restrictions on air tours over the canyon, principally because of safety concerns.

In the Monday crash, the two surviving passengers were first treated at the site, then flown by helicopter to a Flagstaff, Ariz., hospital. Fred O'Donnell, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said late Monday afternoon that the plane, a Piper PA-31 Navajo, left Grand Canyon Airport with 10 people on board.

"Shortly after takeoff, the pilot developed an in-flight emergency, indicating he had lost an engine," O'Donnell said. "We assume he was attempting to return to the runway when he crashed two miles northeast of the airport." The plane went down at 3:34 p.m., O'Donnell said. O'Donnell said it was believed that the plane had completed a tour of the canyon and was taking off for a return flight to its base when the crash occurred.

Clinton, Congress on Crash Course Over Foreign Policy Bill

Los Angeles Times

President Clinton and Congress appear headed for their first possible veto confrontation - over legislation designed to limit the president's ability to set national security policy, including the deployment of U.S. troops for U.N. peacekeeping operations.

The measure, part of the House GOP's "Contract With America," contains Republican-crafted solutions to longstanding GOP complaints about Clinton's foreign policies, from his cutback in defense spending to his refusal to expand NATO rapidly.

The bill is to go to the House floor on Wednesday, and Clinton is expected to warn Tuesday that he will veto it if it passes intact. Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Defense Secretary William J. Perry already have threatened to recommend a veto.

The measure would limit U.S. participation in U.N. peacekeeping operations by requiring Clinton to deduct part of the cost of the troops from U.S. cash contributions to the peacekeeping effort and would prohibit the placement of U.S. troops under foreign command.

It also would speed deployment of ballistic missile defenses now being developed, set up an independent commission to set new priorities for U.S. military spending and speed the entry of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia into NATO.

Prosecutors List 172 People With Alleged Terrorist Ties


Federal prosecutors have compiled a list of 172 people from the New York area who they say may have helped plan a series of assassinations and bombing attacks around New York City, Newsday has learned.

Some of the men, described by prosecutors as "unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators," are associates of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and the 10 other defendants accused of planning a "war of urban terrorism" against New York City.

Others were associates of the four convicted World Trade Center bombers, or participated in arms training through the Alkifah Center in Brooklyn, which raised money and trained fighters for the war against the former Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

"They would never put Cardinal (John) O'Connor on that list," said Imam Sirraj Wahhaj, who delivered the convocation that opened the congressional session in June 1992. "It is a slap in the face to Muslims in this country and Muslims around the world."

Federal agents compiled the list and it was delivered to U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mukasey, who is presiding over Abdel-Rahman's trial. Last week, it was distributed to defense lawyers and Thursday evening, nearly two dozen Muslims and community leaders gathered in Brooklyn with lawyers to discuss ways to clear their names.