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April 6, 2001



No Powerball jackpot winner

None of the tickets sold for the Powerball game Wednesday night matched all six numbers drawn in Des Moines.

Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared the $58.8 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $67 million for Saturday.

Tickets that match the first five numbers, but miss the Powerball, win $100,000 each, and there were five of those. They were sold in: Delaware, Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota, and West Virginia.


System failure identified as Osprey crash cause

A hydraulics system failure compounded by software problems caused a V-22 Osprey aircraft to crash in December, killing four Marines, the corps said in a report Thursday. The corps acknowledged it had been aware since June 1999 of a problem that could damage the hydraulic line that failed.

"The aircrew reacted immediately and correctly to the in-flight emergency, as they were trained to do," Maj. Gen. Martin Berndt, commander of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, told a Pentagon news conference. "We consider them to be without fault in this tragedy."

Berndt said the report recommended and Marine Corps headquarters concurs that there be a "possible redesign of the hydraulic system" in the V-22 to prevent failures like the one in the December crash.

It also recommended a review of the entire computer software on the V-22 to identify design deficiencies that "may exist," he said.

The crash was one of two fatal Osprey crashes last year that killed 23 Marines and put the fate of the controversial, multibillion-dollar aircraft program in jeopardy.

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