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Archive for Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Nation Briefs

July 11, 2001

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North Carolina: Marine 'copter crash kills 3

A Marine Corps helicopter crashed into a river during a mock nighttime ship landing, killing three Marines and injuring two.

The CH-46 Sea Knight went down in the New River near Camp Lejeune about 11 p.m. Monday.

The pilot, Maj. Charles A. Rust, 34, of Delaware, Pa., and the co-pilot, 1st Lt. Christopher Knarr, 29, of Clearfield, Pa., survived Monday night's accident and were in stable condition in area hospitals.

The bodies of three crew members were pulled from the river by divers early Tuesday. They were identified as Sgt. Richard Beaty, 30, of Cleveland, Tenn.; Sgt. Bryon Lane, 26, of Windsor, Vt.; and Lance Cpl. Sean Hughes, 20, of Milton, N.H.

Massachusetts: Whale-rescue attempt fails

Choppy seas and poor visibility thwarted marine scientists' attempt Tuesday to aid an endangered North Atlantic right whale with rope entangled in its jaw.

Teri Frady, spokeswoman for the National Marine Fisheries Services, said scientists located the whale, dubbed Churchill, but did not try to loosen or remove the line because of foul weather.

"We certainly are still hopeful that we can do some good, but the longer this goes on the higher the risk for the whale and for us," Frady said.

"His prospects are not good and his chances are still slim."

Los Angeles: Mother set afire; boy, 4, dies

A 4-year-old boy died from burns Tuesday after his father allegedly doused his mother in a flammable liquid and set her on fire.

The boy, whose name was withheld, suffered third-degree burns on 73 percent of his body Monday night. He died at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

The boy's father, Dwayne West, 29, had been arrested for investigation of attempted murder Tuesday afternoon, before the boy's died.

The 32-year-old mother, whose name also was withheld, had facial burns and was treated and released from Granada Hills Community Hospital.

Police said the fire was started by West after he went to the the mother's home to discuss his failure to make child support payments. Flames spread to a bed where the boy lay.

Dallas: FAA upholds workday limits

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday said it would not delay plans to begin strictly enforcing rules that limit the number of hours airline pilots can be on duty.

The rules, designed to keep tired pilots from flying, allow them to work for no more than 16 hours a day and to fly for only eight of those hours. They could spend the remaining time on duty between flights or waiting out delays.

The FAA said most pilots receive the required amount of rest. But it informed airlines May 14 that it plans to begin in mid-November to monitor the number of hours pilots work and aggressively enforce the rules.

Airline officials have argued that enforcing limits on the number of hours pilots can work could cause more flights to be delayed or canceled.

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