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February 7, 1998 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX and NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Capt. Richard J. Ashby was guiding a U.S. military plane through a cloudless afternoon sky over the Val di Fiemme, a playground for skiers in Italy's Dolomite Mountains, when something went terribly wrong. The 31-year-old Marine aviator from Mission Viejo had logged 750 accident-free hours in the aircraft, an EA-6B Prowler, in training runs like this one Tuesday and in the real thing--surveillance missions over war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina. This was his first pass over the Dolomites.
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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.
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July 1, 1988
The lower house of Italy's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the government's decision to accept 72 U.S. F-16 fighter jets being evicted from their base in Spain. The Chamber of Deputies voted 298 to 196 to back the plan to move the 401st Tactical Wing from Torrejon, Spain, to Crotone in the Puglia region of southern Italy by 1991. A coalition of Communists, Italy's second-largest party, and smaller leftist groups opposed accepting the jets.
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April 17, 1999 | From Associated Press
Further limits are being placed on low-altitude U.S. military test flights over Italy after a high-level review of the ski gondola accident that killed 20 people more than a year ago. The procedure approved by Defense Secretary William S. Cohen and Italian Defense Minister Carlo Scognamiglio requires approval of a newly designated U.S. official and an Italian base commander for all such flights.
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March 27, 1999 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As NATO jets climbed into drizzly skies here Friday for new raids on Yugoslavia, Adriano Fieroli and his 11-year-old nephew, Alessandro, stopped under the flight path to watch in awe with scores of other curious passersby. The boy, standing outside Aviano Air Base and holding a cell phone, asked for President Clinton's number so he could ask his permission to get on the base. "I want to see one of the black ones," he said, referring to the U.S.
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May 9, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A rear-seat crewman in a Marine plane that sheared the cable of an Italian ski gondola, killing 20 people, said he struggles every day with the fact he was powerless inside the jet. Capt. Chandler Seagraves read from a statement at a news conference at the close of a hearing in Camp Lejeune to determine whether he and the other rear-seat crewman should face courts-martial in the tragedy.
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May 27, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A prosecutor sought indictments against the four-man crew of a U.S. Marine jet that severed ski-lift cables in the Alps in February, killing 20 people. Prosecutor Francantonio Granero in Trento also requested the indictment of three U.S. military officials at the Aviano base in northern Italy, where the jet was stationed. The government has acquiesced in U.S. prosecution of the crewmen.
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July 2, 1998 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what could become one of the most dramatic episodes in military legal history, a Marine Corps judge has recommended that a pilot and his navigator be court-martialed in the deaths of 20 people killed when their jet struck the lines of an Italian gondola and sent a crowded cable car plunging to the ground last winter, sources said Wednesday.
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February 12, 1998 | From Reuters
The Marine Corps said Wednesday that the commander of an EA-6B attack jet squadron has been relieved of duty in connection with the probe of a cable-car tragedy involving another unit that killed 20 people in Italy. The statement came one week after a Marine EA-6B flew too low in the Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy and cut the support cable of a ski-lift car. The gondola plunged to the ground, killing 20 people in the resort of Cavalese. The officer, Lt. Col.
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
March 27, 1999 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As NATO jets climbed into drizzly skies here Friday for new raids on Yugoslavia, Adriano Fieroli and his 11-year-old nephew, Alessandro, stopped under the flight path to watch in awe with scores of other curious passersby. The boy, standing outside Aviano Air Base and holding a cell phone, asked for President Clinton's number so he could ask his permission to get on the base. "I want to see one of the black ones," he said, referring to the U.S.
NEWS
July 2, 1998 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what could become one of the most dramatic episodes in military legal history, a Marine Corps judge has recommended that a pilot and his navigator be court-martialed in the deaths of 20 people killed when their jet struck the lines of an Italian gondola and sent a crowded cable car plunging to the ground last winter, sources said Wednesday.
NEWS
May 27, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A prosecutor sought indictments against the four-man crew of a U.S. Marine jet that severed ski-lift cables in the Alps in February, killing 20 people. Prosecutor Francantonio Granero in Trento also requested the indictment of three U.S. military officials at the Aviano base in northern Italy, where the jet was stationed. The government has acquiesced in U.S. prosecution of the crewmen.
NEWS
May 9, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A rear-seat crewman in a Marine plane that sheared the cable of an Italian ski gondola, killing 20 people, said he struggles every day with the fact he was powerless inside the jet. Capt. Chandler Seagraves read from a statement at a news conference at the close of a hearing in Camp Lejeune to determine whether he and the other rear-seat crewman should face courts-martial in the tragedy.
NEWS
February 12, 1998 | From Reuters
The Marine Corps said Wednesday that the commander of an EA-6B attack jet squadron has been relieved of duty in connection with the probe of a cable-car tragedy involving another unit that killed 20 people in Italy. The statement came one week after a Marine EA-6B flew too low in the Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy and cut the support cable of a ski-lift car. The gondola plunged to the ground, killing 20 people in the resort of Cavalese. The officer, Lt. Col.
NEWS
February 7, 1998 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX and NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Capt. Richard J. Ashby was guiding a U.S. military plane through a cloudless afternoon sky over the Val di Fiemme, a playground for skiers in Italy's Dolomite Mountains, when something went terribly wrong. The 31-year-old Marine aviator from Mission Viejo had logged 750 accident-free hours in the aircraft, an EA-6B Prowler, in training runs like this one Tuesday and in the real thing--surveillance missions over war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina. This was his first pass over the Dolomites.
NEWS
April 17, 1999 | From Associated Press
Further limits are being placed on low-altitude U.S. military test flights over Italy after a high-level review of the ski gondola accident that killed 20 people more than a year ago. The procedure approved by Defense Secretary William S. Cohen and Italian Defense Minister Carlo Scognamiglio requires approval of a newly designated U.S. official and an Italian base commander for all such flights.
NEWS
July 1, 1988
The lower house of Italy's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the government's decision to accept 72 U.S. F-16 fighter jets being evicted from their base in Spain. The Chamber of Deputies voted 298 to 196 to back the plan to move the 401st Tactical Wing from Torrejon, Spain, to Crotone in the Puglia region of southern Italy by 1991. A coalition of Communists, Italy's second-largest party, and smaller leftist groups opposed accepting the jets.
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