A Saltville pilot is dead after his plane crashes into Interstate 81.
And residents in Dunblane Scotland begin a solemn week of funerals for the
schoolchildren and teacher massacred last week.
Don't go away, the news is next.
The pilot of a twin- engine plane is dead after a fiery crash onto
northbound interstate 81 in Wythe County this morning.
It happened about a mile from the Mountain Empire Airport in SMYTH County,
where James Preston Harris of Saltville was attempting to land.
Tracy Altizer was at the scene earlier this morning and joins us now from
our New River Valley newsroom with details.
Melanie, the plane was en route from the Lonesome Pine Airport in Wise
County, where Harris had dropped off three passengers last night.
Authorities believe thick fog may have hampered his efforts to land.
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SUPER=03-Wythe Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Sgt. D.A. Shaver/Va. State Police; :11
SUPER=01-Eric Johnson/Rural Retreat Firefighter; :30
SUPER=03-Smyth Co.; :39
SUPER=01-Brian Burkett/Asst. Airport Manager; :50
OUT Q=he was very experienced.
(( The twin- engine Piper Aztec passed up the Mountain Empire runway once.
Harris radioed Atlanta flight officials that he was circling back for another
That was his last communication.
((1ST SGT. D.A. SHAVER/VA STATE POLICE: WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO TRACK THROUGH THE
WOODS WHERE HE CLIPPED SOME TREES. THERE'S DEBRIS THERE FROM THE PLANE AND
THEN IT CAME IN AND APPARENTLY ROLLED, CRASHED INTO THE EMBANKMENT AND ONTO THE
At that point, the plane burst into flames.
A firefighter who helped extinguish the blaze heard the aircraft just
moments before it crashed.
((ERIC JOHNSON/RURAL RETREAT FIREFIGHTER: I HEARD THE PLANE COME OVER AND IT
SOUNDED LOWER THAN NORMAL. THE ENGINES WAS REVVED VERY LOUD.))
The wreckage was moved to a hangar at Mountain Empire Airport for further
The pilot's friends and co-workers there say Harris was an experienced pilot
who was no stranger to flying in bad weather.
((BRIAN BURKETT/ASST. AIRPORT MANAGER: THE CONDITIONS WERE TO WHERE HE WOULD
HAVE TO MAKE AN INSTRUMENT APPROACH INTO HERE TO GET IN, CONDITIONS WERE KIND
QUESTION: BUT HAD HE FLOWN IN THOSE KINDS OF CONDITIONS?
ANSWER: ALL THE TIME, ALL THE TIME. HE WAS VERY EXPERIENCED.))
Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National
Transportation Safety Board will go over the wreckage with a fine-toothed comb
to determine whether the plane experienced any mechanical failures.
(MEL/QUESTION: Tracy, the plane crashed on the interstate. Was anyone on the
A fire, sparked by sheets touching an electrical outlet, claimed the lives
of eight elderly men last night at a North Carolina nursing home.
Two other people were injured.
Investigators say a bed was pushed against an uncovered outlet.
The fire spread to eight rooms, and was extinguished within minutes.
((MAXINE NICHOLSON/ REST HOME AID:IT'S VERY HARD ON ALL OF THE STAFF MEMBERS,
THE ONES THAT WE LOST, IT WAS A GREAT LOSS TO ALL OF US.
SUPER=01-Maxine Nicholson/Rest Home Aid;
OUT Q=TO ALL OF US.
At least 40 residents were evacuated to a local motel.
Six others were taken to other care facilities in the area.
Dunblane, Scotland begins a grim week of funerals today for the 16
schoolchildren and their teacher killed by a gunman who burst into a school
The first of the funerals was this morning for two five year old girls,
best friends, who were buried together.
Cinny Kennard reports.
IN Q=Emma Cruzier, Melissa...
SUPER=03-Dunblane, Scotland; :00
SUPER=01-Cinny Kennard/Reporting; 1:10
OUT Q=Cinny Kennard, CBS News London.
((Dunblane begins the week burying four of it's children, private funerals to
span the next four days.
The public mourned on Sunday.
The 13th century cathedral crowded with parents in unbearable pain on a
sunday which was mothers day in Britain.
When our parents die as one day they must they take with them a large
part of the past but when our children die they took away the future as well.
The queen came to comfort the community. away from the cameras she embraced
the parents. at the hospital,she thanked the workers who were the first in
school gymnasium, the first to witness the carnage. a recovering five year old
shot in the arm rallied, because of her visit. Throughout Britain Dunblanes
children and their teacher were remembered.
PASTOR; WE PAUSE FOR REFLECTION WITH A MINUTE OF SILENCE FOLLOWING
THE CHIMES OF BIG BEN.
At the airport, in shops and on the streets, the entire nation came to a
standstill. and where the country hurts the most outside of dunblane primary
school the moment of silence stretched to four. this morning, Dunblane, in
it's grieving, now wants to be left alone.
Cinny Kennard CBS News London.))
Henry County authorities are investigating an early morning shooting that's
left one man hospitalized.
Authorities say 26- year old Troy Lamont Pitzer was shot at least once in
He was taken to a local hospital for surgery.
Investigators say they have two suspects, but have not made an arrest.
Authorities do not have a motive.
The shooting happened at about 4-30 this morning in the Ridgeway section of
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns,
President Clinton attends a welcome home celebration for American troops in
and Bosnian Serbs burn homes in Sarajevo's last Serb district, on the eve of
the Muslim- Croat takeover.
music up full
China today began another round of war games in the Islands of Taiwan.
The exercises put troops in Taiwan on high alert and residents are fleeing
China's lastest round of manuevers has troops storming ashore.
China regards Taiwan as a renegade province to be reclaimed by force if
Beijing is determined to squash an independence movement in the week before
Taiwan's presidential elections.
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GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
In Switzerland today a U-S representative and other world officials voiced
optimism about reaching an agreement for a global ban on nuclear testing.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher called the 38- nation Conference on
Disarmament a historic opportunity.
((WARREN CHRISTOPHER/SEC. OF STATE: IT MUT NOT BE LOST. TOGETHER WITH THE
LAST YEARS INDEFINISTE EXTENSION OF NO PROLIFERATION TREATY THE COMPREHENSIVE
TEST BAND WILL FORM THE CORNER STONE OF OUR EFFORTS TO COMBAT NUCLEAR
PROLIFERATION WHICH WE BELIEVE IS THE MOST PRESSING STRATEGIC THREAT THAT U-S
AND WORLD FACES IN POST COLD WAR PEROID. ))
SUPER=01-Warren Christopher/Secretary of State;
OUT Q=COLD WAR PEROID.
Meantime, peace tops Christopher's agenda today as he meets with Balkan
Christopher will play peacemaker in an attempt to relieve tensions between
Serb, Muslim and Croat factions in Bosnia.
Anarchy reigns in the last of five Serb districts being turned over to the
Muslim- Croat federation.
Fires and looting were reported when the first four Sarajevo districts
changed hands recently, but unrest in the last suburb seems to be particularly
Today gangs burned houses, stealing whatever they could lay their hands on
in the district that is to come under federation rule tomorrow.
President Clinton is in Louisiana this afternoon to honor American troops.
SUPER=03-Andrews AFB, MD;
The President left Washington this morning for Fort Polk.
He will recognize some 240 troops just back from Haiti.
The last combat troops came home Friday, some support troops still remain.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7,
A viewer in Radford expresses concern for video used in a recent newscast.
We'll dip into our News 7 mailbag,
and the Roanoke Symphony tunes in to the direction of its fifth and final
music up full
Hu's on LAST.
The Roanoke Symphony's final candidate for conductor, Yong Yang Hu auditions
Symphony officials are down to five finalists and plan to announce the
winner next month.
Ron Jones has the story.
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SUPER=01-Patricia Avise/Symphony Exec. Dir.; 1:10
OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke
Music permeates the air as the sweet aroma of melody and rhythm blends into
an artistic dessert for the appreciative audience to savor.
This is all being enjoyed at the Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium.
However, the Roanoke Symphony is going through a transition period.
They are looking for a new conductor... and after nearly two-hundred
applicants and a year of searching the WORLD, symphony officials are down to
five candidates... they are... David Wiley... presently an assistant Conductor
Stephen Stein, resident conductor of the Houston Symphony...
Leslie Dunner, resident conductor of Detroit's symphony...
Ming-Feng Hsin is a conductor on Long Island.
And last but not least is Yong-Yan Hu.. a music director and conductor in
Roanoke Symphony officials say it will be hard to pick a winner.
((PATRICIA AVISE/SYMPHONY EXEC. DIR.: ANY ONE OF THEM I WOULD BE MORE THAN
PLEASED TO SEE AT THE HELM OF OUR ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP. BUT ONCE WE HAVE THE
CONDUCTOR THAT EVERYONE IS SET ON IT'LL BE NICE TO BE ABLE TO LOOK TO THE
However, the search committee will decide on the future of the symphony
April 22nd when they pick a new conductor. Ron Jones, News 7, Roanoke.))
A former scientist for Philip Morris is shedding new light on just how much
the company knew about the dangers of nicotine.
The Food and Drug administration is about to make public a 24 page sworn
affidavit by the employee-- stating the company KNEW nicotine acts like a drug
on the brain and carefully controlls nictoine levels.
This insider account could support the F-D-A's efforts to regulate
It could also help a nationwide class-action suit claiming tobacco
companies lied to the public about the alleged addictiveness of nicotine.
Stocks would have opened even higher than they did today, if not for a
sharp loss in Philip Morris shares.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was UP 51 points.
Television relies on pictures to tell a story, but for one viewer this week,
the pictures on this newscast were almost too hard to watch.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
IN Q=News-7 at noon
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
((News-7 at noon last Monday carried a story about the death of a motorcycle
stunt rider in Nevada.
A viewer from Radford sent us E-mail, saying:
"As someone who considers your noon news an important part of my day, I
write to express my disappointment concerning today's broadcast. While
feeding my 4-year-old son lunch, I was disturbed to see graphic footage of
a motor cycle daredevil's fatal mishap jumping a footbridge. I do not
remember hearing any warning that such footage might not be suitable for
younger viewers before it appeared on my screen. More importantly, though,
I have to wonder whether such footage warrants being shown at all. In a
word, this segment was "sensationalistic," not a term I normally associate
with your news programs. Please show a little more discretion in the
future. Just because something is captured on videotape does not
necessarily mean it is worth broadcasting."
Send your comments about our news coverage or subjects in the news, to
Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, Virginia, 24022-0007.
For faxes, the number is 540-343-7269.
E-mail goes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe McKean, News-7. ))
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Patrick has sports next, including a look at how the Icecaps put the deep
freeze on the Roanoke Express,
and he'll show you how Donnie Apple had a fruitful day at the races.
Don't race off -- News 7 at Noon will be right back.
MUSIC UP FULL
The scene is set for the sweet-16 in the N-C-Double-A basketball
The final eight teams that qualified yesterday were Louisville, Wake
Forest, Georgetown, Texas Tech, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Arizona and Kansas.
GRAPHIC=final four women
The Virginia women will end up playing on their home court until the Final
Four if they keep winning.
The Cavaliers defeated George Washington 62-to-43 for a second-round
victory in the East region.
The Roanoke Express was iced by Raleigh last night at the Roundhouse.
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Before the game goalie Daniel Berthiaume receives the team's M-V-P trophy.
But the Icecaps are not intimidated.
Raleigh's John Larson takes the slap shot inside the blue line for a score
to make it 3 to nothing in the first.
The Express comes back in the second period.
Michael Smith gets a clear shot and scores but Roanoke trails 3 to 1.
A few minutes later Raleigh works SUPER=34-Raleigh/==5/Roanoke/==1;the
puck in close and Jeff Reid scores on the back hand flip shot.
The Icecaps win it 5 to 1.
Donnie Apple is savoring the fruits of his labor at the Miller 300.
Mike Stevens has more on yesterday's Late Model Stock car event.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Martinsville/Miller 300; :00
SUPER=01-Richard Landreth/Halfway Bonus Winner; :59
SUPER=01-Donnie Apple/Miller 300 Winner; 1:40
SUPER=01-Tony McGuire/Finished Second; 1:57 Quick
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
(******patrick ad lib********)
(toss to mel)
More than 20-million women suffer from hair loss.
Tonight on the Health Check Report-- a look at the signs, causes and some
of the newest treatments for women.
That story and more news of the day tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE, then stick
around for NEWS-7 at Six.