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MARINES FILE MORE CHARGES AGAINST SKI CABLE PILOTS

New charges have been filed against two Marine aviators already accused of manslaughter and negligent homicide because their jet cut a ski lift cable in the Italian Alps, killing 20 people.

Capt. Richard J. Ashby, pilot of the EA-6B Prowler, and Capt. Joseph P. Schweitzer, the navigator, were charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, Marine Corps Forces Atlantic announced Saturday.

An Article 32 hearing, the equivalent of a civilian grand jury hearing, will be held to determine whether they should face courts-martial on the charges.

Ashby and Schweitzer already faced 20 counts each of involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide, as well as dereliction of duty, destroying military property and destroying civilian property. They could be imprisoned for life if convicted on all charges at trials scheduled for December and January.

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