Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
A small plane crashes into Smith Mountain Lake-
while another plane is in trouble at the Roanoke airport.
Meanwhile investigators release new information tonight from the ValuJet
Flight Data recorder.
And Melanie Griffith ties the knot.
News 7 is next.
The black box is recovered and information is revealed about what happened
the moments before a ValuJet crashed Saturday.
IN Q=The altitude dropped
((ROBERT FRANCIS/NTSB: THE ALTITUDE DROPPED 815 FEET AND THE AIR SPEED DROPPED
OUT Q=DROPPED 34 KNOTS."
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Officials say that was the first indication on the recorder that the plane
was in trouble.
A plane crashed today INTO Smith Mountain Lake.
The pilot Penny Simmons was able to swim to shore.
Join us for at eleven.
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Investigation
A Bedford County pilot is alive and well tonight after crashing her plane
into Smith Mountain Lake.
A neighbor helped pull the woman to shore, but divers will spend tomorrow
trying to retrieve the aircraft.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=Authorities say
SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake; :00
SUPER=01-Sgt. Bobby Ratliff/VA State Police; :12
SUPER=01-Fred Lunt/Rescuer; :32
SUPER=01-Tim Garnes/SML Airport; 1:06
OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.
(( Authorities say Penny Simmons was on a final approach to Smith Mountain Lake
Airport when her engine went out less than a mile from the runway.
She radioed in she was having trouble.. and seconds later, hit the water.
IN Q=When it hit
((SGT. BOBBY RATLIFF/VA STATE POLICE: WHEN IT HIT THE WATER SHE APPARENTLY HAD
TIME TO EXIT THE AIRCRAFT AND GET INTO THE WATER AND GET AWAY FROM IT.))
OUT Q=away from it.
Luckily, Fred Lunt's wife saw the plane go down, just 75 yards from their
She told her husband who immediately raced to the scene in his boat.
IN Q=If it wasn't
((FRED LUNT/RESCUER: IF IT WASN'T FOR MY WIFE, I DON'T THINK NOBODY WOULD HAVE
SAW PENNY. MY PROBLEM WAS I COULDN'T LIFT HER INTO THE BOAT. SO FIRST I GOT HER
ON THE BOAT HOOK, THEN I SWUNG A LIFELINE AND TIED IT AND SHE HUNG ONTO THE
LIFELINE, BROUGHT HER UP TO THIS LADDER HERE AT THE END OF THE DOCK AND THAT'S
WHERE WE PUT HER OFF AT.))
OUT Q=her off at.
Lunt says Simmons, who reportedly does not know how to swim, seemed more
angry about losing her plane than anything else.
She was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she's listed in very good
IN Q=Penny Simmons
((Penny Simmons has been flying out of the Smith Mountain Lake airport for
about six years. Her friends say she's an excellent pilot, and that probably
played a very large part in her surviving the crash.))
OUT Q=the crash.
IN Q=She's a very
((TIM GARNES/SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE AIRPORT: SHE'S A VERY GOOD PILOT AND SHE
PROVED IT TODAY. SHE DID A REAL GOOD JOB GETTING THE AIRPLANE DOWN AND GETTING
HERSELF OUT OF IT.))
OUT Q=out of it.
((WE GOT OUR SINGLE LIFT BAGS AT 3000 CAPACITY, SO WE CAN DO WHATEVER WE NEED
TO DO THEN.))
The plane is in about forty feet of water, fifty yards from shore.
Sheriff's authorities using sonar and a red buoy were able to mark the spot
for dive teams to begin salvage operations Wednesday.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
Trouble as well at the Roanoke Regional Airport tonight.
A routine training exercise ended in a minor plane crash.
Authorities say an instructor and student pilot were attempting to take off
in this small Cessna trainer when they lost control before leaving the ground.
The plane apparently raced across the runway and crashed into some heavy
SOT 18:36:06 (TAPE 1)
IN Q=The pilot was attempting
((MARK COURTNEY/ROANOKE AIRPORT SPOKESPERSON: THE PILOT WAS ATTEMPTING A TAKE
OFF OF 24 TO THE WEST. APPARENTLY HAD DIFFICULTY ON TAKE OFF, LOST CONTROL.
THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED THE RUNWAY. IT TRAVELLED ACROSS THE TAXI WAY TOWARDS OUR
VEHICLE MAINTENANCE BUILDING.))
SUPER=01-Mark Courtney/Roanoke Airport Spokesperson;
OUT Q=vehicle maintenance building.
Neither student nor instructor were injured.
Airport authorities and State Police are still investigating.
GRAPHIC=Plane crash invest
The mystery of ValuJet Flight 5-9-2 is beginning to unravel tonight.
Investigators say there's a chance a fire or explosion played a role in the
Byron Harlan has the latest as authorities begin examining the flight data
SUPER=03-Dade Co., FL;
SUPER=01-Byron Harlan/CBS News;
OUT Q=standard outcue."
((National Transportation Safety Board Investigators say they are learning more
about the final moments of Valujet Flight 952. Investigators stress the data
gathered from the black box is preliminary but they are looking into the
possibility of an explosion and fire before the jet plunged into
ROBERT FRANCIS/NTSB: WE HAVE FOUND PIECES OF THE JET WITH POSSIBLE SOOT
The jet was carrying 50 to 60 oxygen canisters. Shortly before the jet went
down the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit.
THE FIRST INDICATION OF TROUBLE WAS A DROP IN INDICATED ALTITUDE AND AIR SPEED.
THE ALITITUDE DROPPED 815 FEET AND THE AIR SPEED DROPPED 34 KNOTS. THIS LASTED
BETWEEN 3 AND FOUR SECONDS.
The all important cockpit voice recorder has not been found.
The search for it will resume wednesday. To aid in the search for the recorder,
wreckage and remains, helicopters dropped temporary platforms around the
crash. They will
be used to hold parts of the plane until they can be transported.
Arrangements have also been made for family members to visit the crash site.
WE ARE ARRANGING FOR FAMILY MEMBERS AND THEIR FRIENDS TO SEE THE CRASH SITE.
----Byron Harlen, CBS News.))
Saturday's crash is speeding up changes at the Federal Aviation
It's hiring nearly 100 new safety inspectors by June-
Perhaps 300 more by year's end.
But FAA officials are defending the job inspectors are doing and don't like
the suggestion that ValuJet is unsafe.
((DAVID HINSON/FAA DIRECTOR: WHEN WE SAY AN AIRLINE IS SAFE FOR FLYING. IT IS
SAFE TO FLY. THERE IS NO GRAY AREA.))
SUPER=01-David Hinson/FAA Director;
OUT Q=no gray area."
Other changes at the FAA- the entire system will be reviewed and data will
be gathered and analyzed differently.
A change of focus for Bob Dole.
He's setting aside his day to day Management of the U-S Senate to focus on
his run for the White House.
Dole plans an announcement tomorrow afternoon--
For weeks, Dole's been under G-O-P pressure to focus full-time
on his presidential campaign.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian is acquitted yet again- This time on two counts of
He says he'll continue to help the suffering.
((I'M SO CONVINCED I'M RIGHT ON THIS.... THE ONLY THING THAT WOULD STOP ME IS
BEING BURNED AT THE STAKE.))
OUT Q=burned at the stake.
Kevorkian called on the medical profession to create guidelines for
doctor-assisted suicide for the seriously ill.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, Roanoke County gives the okay to some school
and we'll explain how a new industry is helping get Botetourt County in gear on
its way to the fast track..
Robin in Wx office
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Botetourt County officials continue to put the pedal to the metal when it
comes to economic development.
Today, for the fourth time in less than two months, a new business has
decided to call Botetourt County home.
Dynax Corporation of Japan makes transmission parts for passenger cars.
Company officials plan to build a 17-million dollar plant at the East-Park
It'll be a manufacturing plant and serve as the company's American
IN Q=The state
((JOHN SHIFLETT/BOTETOURT COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: THE STATE, THE
DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONS, ALL WORKING TOGETHER AND A FINE STAFF IN BOTETOURT
COUNTY HAVE REALLY MADE THIS HAPPEN. ))
SUPER=01-John Shiflett/Botetourt Co. Board of Supervisors;
OUT Q=made this happen
Dynax plans to employ fifty people by this time next year. That number could
double in the future.
The company decided on Botetourt County after an 8-month multi-state search.
The Roanoke County supervisors approved financing for three school projects-
but today's vote did little to ease the debate on the school system's future.
The supervisors narrowly approved funding to complete an addition to
Northside High School, to air- condition Cave Spring Junior High, and equip the
new Glenvar Middle School.
The votes fell along regional lines, and brought complaints that the county
is spending millions without a well- developed plan.
IN Q=That's been part of our problem
((LEE EDDY/WINDSOR HILLS SUPERVISOR: THAT'S BEEN PART OF OUR PROBLEM RIGHT
ALONG WITH THESE SCHOOL PROJECTS. WE'RE APPROPRIATING MONEY WITHOUT KNOWING THE
DETAILS OF WHAT THAT MONEY IS GOING TO BUY, OR IF THE MONEY IS ENOUGH TO BUY
EVERYTHING THAT WE NEED.))
((HARRY NICKENS/VINTON SUPERVISOR: I THINK WITHOUT A PLAN AND WITHOUT A MULTI-
YEAR PLAN THAT WOULD ALLOW FACILITIES TO BE BUILT, OCCUPIED, ADEQUATELY
EQUIPPED, ADEQUATELY STAFFED, ETC. IS JUST AN INAPPROPRIATE ACTION ON THE PART
OF THIS BODY.))
OUT Q=on the part of this body.
The school board did not get all of the money it requested-
School Superintendent Deanna Gordon says the financing will take care of the
most immediate needs while a comprehensive study of school construction is
Lynchburg will soon be home to yet another Christian college.
City council tonight approved a conditional use permit for Christ College to
locate in the old Jones Memorial Library.
The library is currently owned by the Patrick Henry Institute which will
rent space to the tiny, unaccredited school.
Christ College will also renovate two nearby homes to use as dormitories for
about thirty students.
GRAPHIC=Faith in Democracy
The Christian conservative movement in Virginia politics falls under many
And some of its leaders are now emerging into the spotlight.
In part two of our "Faith in Democracy" series, Ellen Qualls profiles some
key players of the new Christian right.
IN Q=After a generation
SUPER=01-Mark Rozell/UVA Political Analyst; :13
SUPER=01-Anne Kincaid/Christian Activist; :25
SUPER=01-Mike Farris/Madison Project; 1:36
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((After a generation of Christian activism, Anne Kincaid has arrived.
sot KINCAID TAPE ONE 04:16:05
((ANNE KINCAID/CHRISTIAN ACTIVIST: WELL I WAS A LITTLE NAIVE AND REALIZED
PRETTY QUICKLY THAT IF YOU CAN'T MOVE PEOPLE, YOU NEED TO REMOVE 'EM.))
sot ROZELL TAPE TWO 05:12:19
((MARK ROZELL/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: I THINK IF YOU WERE TO FOCUS ON ANY ONE
PERSON WHO SYMBOLIZES THE POLITICAL CHANGES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE
MOVEMENT, THE POLITICAL MATURATION OF THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT >>>>remove middle of
bite<<<<< THAT PERSON WOULD BE ANNE KINCAID.))
sot KINCAID TAPE ONE 04:19:30
((ANNE KINCAID/CHRISTIAN ACTIVIST: YOU CAN'T INFLUENCE IF YOU ANTAGONIZE.
THAT IF YOU EVER APPEAR JUDGMENTAL, IT'S AWFUL, AND NO ONE SHOULD BE
JUDGMENTAL, NOR DO WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE.))
Rozell calls Kincaid's journey the "ultimate mainstreaming" -- from a fringe
abortion activist, to a founder of Virginia's Family Foundation, to eventually
delivering Christian conservatives to George Allen.
sot ROZELL TAPE TWO 05:16:19
((THEY SIGNALLED TO THE FOLLOWERS THAT IT'S OKAY FOR GEORGE ALLEN TO SOUND LIKE
A MODERATE ON THE ABORTION ISSUE. TRUST US. HE'S GOING TO SUPPORT OUR ISSUE
WHEN HE IS ELECTED.))
The payback was top spots in the Allen Administration.
Kincaid has just stepped down to return to her activist roots.
If Anne Kincaid's the pragmatist -- Mike Farris is the purist.
He thinks the Christian Coalition is selling out to the moderate middle.
In 1993, he, like Oliver North a year later, wore his morality on his sleeve
in his campaign for Lieutenant Governor.
In the end, voters were turned off.
Farris formed the Madison Project to recruit Christian candidates, and still
runs the Home School Legal Defense Association.
But he blames those he calls Country Club Republicans, like John Warner,
who welcome Christian conservative votes--
((MIKE FARRIS/MADISON PROJECT: BUT WHEN ONE OF OUR OWN BECOMES A CANDIDATE,
THEN WE'VE DONE SOMETHING WRONG. WE CAME IN A DOOR THAT WAS MARKED CLUB
MEMBERS ONLY, AND WE WERE SUPPOSED TO GO IN THE SERVANTS' DOOR.))
Farris also blames his opponent.
sot FARRIS TAPE TWO 07:41:43
((MIKE FARRIS: HE DIRECTLY IN INTERVIEWS AND IN COMMERCIALS DIRECTLY ATTACKED
Don Beyer-- the almost certain Democratic candidate for Governor next year--
says he recognizes a hunger for values in the public sphere.
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: UNFORTUNATELY THE SLANDERS OF RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY THAT
COME ALMOST AUTOMATICALLY FROM SO MANY OF THEM END UP DENIGRATING THE ENTIRE
POLITICAL DIALOGUE. WE CAN HAVE CIVIL DISCUSSIONS ABOUT VERY DIFFICULT ISSUES,
ABOUT HOW WE RENEW A SENSE OF VALUES IN OUR SCHOOLS, WITHOUT GETTING INTO THE
NAME CALLING THAT SO OFTEN RESULTS.))
Coming up in the next part of our "Faith in Democracy" series, a church is
only as strong as its congregation. A political movement as strong as its
followers. We'll take look at divisions at the grass roots level in Virginia.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 at 11 returns, a propane leak forces the evacuation of parts of
a West Virginia county,
And one of the entertainment world's "hot couples" decides to make it
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A dozen homes were evacuated tonight after a propane leak in Upshur
County, West Virginia.
Officials say a propane gas tank ruptured at a wood processing plant,
located just north of Buckhannon.
Emergency crews are asking residents within a half- mile radius to go to
shelters for the night.
Neighbors reported seeing an unusual white smoke rising into the air.
The National Weather Service says light winds have blown the gas cloud to
No word on how much propane actually leaked.
Officials at Shenandoah Manor nursing home say their NEW owners may file for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The Clifton Forge nursing home has been struggling financially for the past
On a number of occasions the home was unable to pay its employees and the
quality of care was questioned by state authorities.
The facility was recently purchased by a group in Massachusetts.
Staffers say despite the possibility of bankruptcy the home will remain
Imagine a car with no exhaust?
A German company claims it's made the world's first emission free vehicle.
Daimler-Benz says it's van is powered by the cold combustion of hydrogen and
Standard combustion produces harmful carbon monoxide.
The only by product produced by this van is water.
Manufacturers say they car provides the comfort of good diesel and runs with
an almost silent engine.
It can run at top speeds of 100 kilometers an hour for up to two and a-half
hours at a time.
For the second time in less than a week, major league baseball has a
no-hitter. Saturday Al Leiter pitched a no-no for the Marlins.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/MSG; :00
And Last night, Yankees pitcher Dwight Gooden tossed a no hitter blanking the
Mariners and Ken Griffey 2-to-nothing.
And he can thank centerfielder Gerald Williams for aiding his cause with
catches like this one.
Gooden faced Griffey, Martinez, Buhner and Sorrento in the ninth, He
struggled a bit but persevered.
And he has now gone from being unwanted ot being unhittable.
Brett Favre, the NFL's most valuable player last season is now battling an
apparent addiction to pain killers that is forcing him to check into a rehab
SUPER=03-Green Bay, WI; :00
Favre says playing in pain so much the past couple of years made him
dependent on medication.
He says he realized he might have a problem when he had seizure during ankle
surgery earlier this year.
Favre has met with NFL doctors and says he'll stay off the field until he
beats the problem.
IN Q="The league...
((BRETT FAVRE/GREEN BAY QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Brett Favre/Green Bay Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...AND GET BETTER."
While Favre was checking in, Magic was checking out!
Earvin Johnson quit the game for good yesterday in a surprise announcement.
Magic issued a statement through his agent saying he is ready to give up the
NBA for good on his terms.
Johnson has quit the game twice before, but when he rejoined the Lakers in
January of this year he seemed sincere about a long term comeback.
He played in 32 games this year, averaged 14 and a half points, and seven
assists a contest.
But he was also suspended for bumping a referee and he spent a lot of time
discussing his younger teammates lack of discipline and desire.
The Chicago Bulls were knocked out of the conference semi-finals last year,
but last night they sent the Knicks packing with a 94-to-81 win to take the
series 4 games to one.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/TNT; :00
Toni Kukoc didn't play because of his sprained back, but he picked up his
sixth man before the game.
He then got to watch Michael Jordan drop in a cool 35 points to lead the Bull
Scottie Pippen added 15, as the Bulls SUPER=32-Chicago/=94/New
York/=81/Bulls Win 4-to-0;
frustrate the Knicks and move on the playoffs to play the winner of the
The Stanley Cup conference semi-finals continued last night in Miami where
the Panthers eliminated the Flyers with a 4-to-1 win.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Sunshine Network; :00
Eric Lindros and the Flyers came into game six guaranteeing their fans a win.
But they would not deliver.
Bill LIndsey, Rob Neidermeyer and Dave Lowry staked the Panthers to a
3-to-nothing lead in the third and they hang on to win the game 4-to-1 and the
series 4 GAMES TO 2.
They'll next meet the Pens in the East finals.
In the West, the Redwings avoided elimination by tying their series with the
Blues at 3 games apiece with a 4-to-2 win last night.
While BIll Elliott continues his long recovery from a fractured femur, the
McDonald's thunderbird belongs to Harry Gant - at least for this weekend's
Winston Select All-star race.
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC; :00
Yesterday afternoon Gant got his first chance to drive the car when he tested
it at the North Carolina Motor Speedway.
He says the cars have definitely changed since he retired a couple of years
((HARRY GANT/SUBBING FOR BILL ELLIOTT:))
SUPER=01-Harry Gant/Subbing For Bill Elliott;:00
OUT Q=...NEW FEEL FOR IT."
WIPE TO ENG#
Still to come tonight some news from the diamond as the Ferrum Panthers get
ready for redemption in the NCAA regionals.
Steve Mason will have that story,
And we'll check on this afternoon's RVD softball softball showdown between
Cave Spring and Franklin County.
This afternoon at Penn Forest elementary Cave Spring hosted Franklin County
in Roanoke Valley District softball as the regular season winds down.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Eagles vs. Knights; :00
The Franklin County fans try to keep warm with a little help from a
blanket. While they were cold the Eagles hitters started out hot.
In the top of the first Franklin County leadoff hitter Jenny Chitwood scores
off Nikki Potter's sacrifice fly. 1-nothing Lady Eagles.
Cave Spring answers. Kari Whitney slides home after a wild pitch that just
gets by the Franklin County catcher. The game is tied at 1 all.
SUPER=34-Cave Spring/==8/Franklin Co./==2;
The Lady Knights would go up by two runs in the inning. Princess Kemp trots
home from third on the fielders choice. And Cave Spring wins it 8-TO-2.
The 12th ranked Ferrum Panthers head into this Thursday's NCAA South
regional Tournament with 33 wins and high hopes of advancing to the elite eight
And Steve Mason says they have a legitimate shot of winning the South.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Abe Naff/Ferrum Head Coach; :13
SUPER=01-David Jones/Senior Second Baseman; :35
SUPER=01-Jason Wilson/Senior First Baseman; 1:13
OUT Q=..News 7 sports"
Hollywood's Working Girl has married a Desperado.
Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas tied the knot today in London.
The London Sun reports the couple exchanged vows in a private ceremony.
The couple had been rumored to be heading down the aisle for months.
They are expecting a child in September.
It's the second marriage for Banderas.
Griffith has been married twice to actor Don Johnson.