10 YEARS AGO

Sept. 9, 2009 — Fairbanks North Star Borough officials have put the historic Harding Car at Pioneer Park under wraps.

When Labor Day festivities were under way at the park on Monday, the historic car was encased in heavy plastic.

A work crew sealed it off while it paints a newly built roofed area that protects the Harding Car from the elements.

Pioneer Park manager Jason Avery said the project is meant to cover the car’s leaky ceiling, which has resulted in water damage inside.

25 YEARS AGO

Sept. 9, 1994 — ALIQUIPPA, Pa. — A USAir jetliner nose-dived into a ravine while trying to land near Pittsburgh on Thursday, killing all 131 people on board. It was the deadliest crash in the Untied States in seven years.

Flight 427 originated in Chicago and was to stop in Pittsburgh before continuing to West Palm Beach, Fla. as Flight 8961.

“I looked up and there it was,” said Tom Michel, who was at a gas station near the crash site. “It was just coming straight down. I was screaming for everybody to run. It looked like it was under full power and he just went straight in.”

Air traffic controllers said they lost contact with the plane when it was about seven miles from the airport, said Pat Boyle, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Department of Aviation. There were no indications of any problems on the flight and a report of an explosion before the crash could not be confirmed, he said.

50 YEARS AGO

Sept. 9, 1969 — ANCHORAGE — Poker-faced representative of the world’s major oil companies bring their bankers to the table with them Wednesday for the biggest money game ever played in the Land of the Midnight Sun.

The states are 450,858 acres of oil-rich land on Alaska’s barren North Slope, where last year one of history’s biggest oil discoveries was made.

The oilmen will crowd into a municipal auditorium to bid on the land, which has been broken up into 179 tracts. They are expected to pay $1 billion to the State of Alaska for 10-year leases.

75 YEARS AGO

Sept. 9, 1994 — LONDON — Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower swung today four Allied armies against Germany’s Siegfried line for a knockout punch.

His headquarters declared that the end of German conflict may come early in November.

Not even the highly advertised Siegfried line appears of much concern any more to the Allied command.

The Allied rate of advance is determined only by the speed with which their gas and other supplies can keep up with their rocket-like advances.