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April 24, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge at Camp Lejeune, N.C., refused to dismiss obstruction of justice charges against a Marine pilot whose jet clipped an Italian gondola cable, killing 20 people. The judge rejected arguments by Capt. Richard Ashby's lawyers that high-ranking Marine officers improperly influenced the decision to prosecute Ashby on obstruction and conspiracy charges. Jury selection starts Monday for Ashby's trial. Ashby, 32, of Mission Viejo, Calif.
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July 29, 2010 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
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NEWS
July 21, 1998 | Associated Press
Families of some of the 20 Europeans killed when a low-flying Marine jet severed a gondola cable in Italy are seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages from the U.S. government. The attorney for a Polish man whose wife and son were killed filed a civil claim Monday for more than $10 million from the United States and Italy. The lawyer urged the U.S. government to waive its immunity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1999 | From Associated Press
Families of the 20 people who died when a U.S. Marine jet clipped a cable-car line in the Italian Alps will each receive up to $2 million in damages under a new law approved by Italy's Senate. The legislation, adopted late Tuesday, names a special commissioner to identify the victims' relatives, determine the damages due and pay out the sum within three months.
NEWS
February 17, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
An altimeter that should have warned a U.S. Marine pilot that his jet was flying too low seconds before it sheared a pair of ski lift cables in northern Italy, killing 20 people, malfunctioned twice in tests after the accident last year. Testifying in the Camp Lejeune, N.C., court-martial of Capt. Richard Ashby, electronics expert Robert Fitzgerald said he found the problem on the damaged EA-6B Prowler at the U.S. air base in Aviano, Italy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1999 | From Associated Press
Families of the 20 people who died when a U.S. Marine jet clipped a cable-car line in the Italian Alps will each receive up to $2 million in damages under a new law approved by Italy's Senate. The legislation, adopted late Tuesday, names a special commissioner to identify the victims' relatives, determine the damages due and pay out the sum within three months.
NEWS
May 7, 1999 | From Reuters
A jury of Marine Corps officers will begin deliberating today in the court-martial of a Marine pilot accused of conspiring to destroy a personal videotape shot minutes before his jet sheared ski lift cables in Italy in 1998, killing 20. During closing arguments Thursday, prosecutor Maj. Daniel Daugherty said Marine Capt. Richard Ashby conspired with his navigator, Capt. Joseph Schweitzer, to hide and later destroy the videotape to keep it out of the hands of U.S. and Italian investigators.
NEWS
February 10, 1999 | From Associated Press
A Marine pilot took risks by bringing a video camera and doing a 360-degree roll in his jet the afternoon the plane cut an Italian ski gondola cable and killed 20 people, the pilot's former commander testified Tuesday. Lt. Col. Richard Muegge testified after the jury flew to a nearby base to sit in the cockpit of an EA-6B Prowler, the same jet flown by Capt. Richard Ashby last Feb. 3 in Cavalese, Italy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1998
Once again I'm embarrassed to be an American, when I hear of Marine Corps Capt. Richard Ashby of California declaring he is innocent of wrongdoing in the shearing of gondola cables that brought 20 Italian skiers to their deaths (May 3). He was reported to have been flying his jet much too low and too fast and in an unauthorized area. This pilot's lack of sense of responsibility, integrity and character is appalling. My husband has relatives living near this small town of Trento, Italy, and it is impossible to explain to them that this pilot is expecting to be fully "vindicated" for this accident and that he is now sorry for it and believes the U.S. Marine Corps will support his actions.
NEWS
April 29, 1999 | From Associated Press
The Marine pilot acquitted of manslaughter in the Italian ski gondola tragedy that killed 20 people went on trial Wednesday on obstruction charges for allegedly helping to destroy a video shot from the cockpit of his jet. Opening statements in the court-martial were interrupted for three hours while the judge considered and then rejected a request from the defense for a mistrial. Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1999
Capt. Richard Ashby's six-month sentence and expulsion from the Marine Corps (for obstruction of justice) amounts to a slap on the wrist and revocation of his library card (May 11), compared to the book he should have had thrown at him for that cable car "accident." It may very well be true, as was testified, that the videotape was stopped before the gondola incident. However, the audio track would have shed light on the timbre of the mood in the cockpit prior to the tragedy. The very fact of the purposeful destruction of the tape speaks volumes about its incriminating content.
NEWS
May 11, 1999 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Capt. Richard Ashby was sentenced Monday to six months in a military prison and ordered out of the Marine Corps for obstructing justice and conspiring to hide and help destroy a videotape made during the flight last year in which the jet he piloted cut a ski gondola cable, killing 20 people.
NEWS
May 8, 1999 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marine Corps Capt. Richard Ashby was found guilty Friday of conspiracy and obstruction of justice for hiding and helping destroy what could have been crucial evidence of why his jet sliced a ski gondola cable last year, killing 20 people in the Italian Alps.
NEWS
May 7, 1999 | From Reuters
A jury of Marine Corps officers will begin deliberating today in the court-martial of a Marine pilot accused of conspiring to destroy a personal videotape shot minutes before his jet sheared ski lift cables in Italy in 1998, killing 20. During closing arguments Thursday, prosecutor Maj. Daniel Daugherty said Marine Capt. Richard Ashby conspired with his navigator, Capt. Joseph Schweitzer, to hide and later destroy the videotape to keep it out of the hands of U.S. and Italian investigators.
NEWS
April 29, 1999 | From Associated Press
The Marine pilot acquitted of manslaughter in the Italian ski gondola tragedy that killed 20 people went on trial Wednesday on obstruction charges for allegedly helping to destroy a video shot from the cockpit of his jet. Opening statements in the court-martial were interrupted for three hours while the judge considered and then rejected a request from the defense for a mistrial. Capt.
NEWS
April 28, 1999 | From Associated Press
Attorneys argued Tuesday over immunity for a Marine jet navigator, delaying testimony in the obstruction of justice trial of the pilot who sliced an Italian gondola cable, killing 20 people. The disagreement flared after a jury of seven officers, including three helicopter pilots, was selected. Capt. Richard Ashby, 32, of Mission Viejo, Calif., is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy.
NEWS
February 26, 1999 | From Associated Press
A Marine Corps pilot may have mistaken a line formed by white rock and buildings for the horizon when he flew his jet into the cable of an Italian ski gondola, killing 20 people, a defense witness testified Thursday. Navy Cmdr. Fred Patterson, an expert on visual phenomena, said Capt. Richard Ashby's misreading of the terrain could have made him think he was flying higher than he was.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1999
Capt. Richard Ashby's six-month sentence and expulsion from the Marine Corps (for obstruction of justice) amounts to a slap on the wrist and revocation of his library card (May 11), compared to the book he should have had thrown at him for that cable car "accident." It may very well be true, as was testified, that the videotape was stopped before the gondola incident. However, the audio track would have shed light on the timbre of the mood in the cockpit prior to the tragedy. The very fact of the purposeful destruction of the tape speaks volumes about its incriminating content.
NEWS
April 24, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge at Camp Lejeune, N.C., refused to dismiss obstruction of justice charges against a Marine pilot whose jet clipped an Italian gondola cable, killing 20 people. The judge rejected arguments by Capt. Richard Ashby's lawyers that high-ranking Marine officers improperly influenced the decision to prosecute Ashby on obstruction and conspiracy charges. Jury selection starts Monday for Ashby's trial. Ashby, 32, of Mission Viejo, Calif.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1999
My family and I have more reason than many to be disturbed by the clearing of Capt. Richard Ashby (March 5). We spent a very happy afternoon above Cavalese about six months before the tragic accident. One of the high points was the trip up and down the mountain on the ill-fated gondola. Much more troubling is what our hosts told us immediately after the incident. They are long-time residents of the valley and spoke of the complaints which had been made to American military authorities about planes that constantly buzzed an otherwise serene locale.
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