World Notes: Jul. 29, 1985

DISASTERS

Unraveling Taped Secrets

The team in Bombay trying to discover why Air-India Flight 182 plunged into the North Atlantic on June 23, killing 329, was being cautious. Declared Justice B.N. Kirpal, who is heading the Indian government investigation of the two "blackbox" recorders recovered from the seabed two weeks ago: "Explosion is one possibility. It may also be structural failure." But in Seattle, Jack Gamble, a spokesman for Boeing, the manufacturer of the 747 aircraft, declared that an explosion seemed a more likely explanation. His reasoning: if the plane had fallen apart slowly because of structural defects, there would probably...

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