Aeronautics: Ice

It looked like a quiet night for the Newark radio operator of Transcontinental & Western Air. Bad weather had cancelled passenger service. Only two mail planes were in the air between Newark and Pittsburgh, approaching each other through a fierce snowstorm over the Alleghenies. At 2:26 a. m. the Newark radioman heard in his earphones:

"Burford calling Newark. Weather is getting bad. Heavy snowstorms at 3,000 ft. Will try to climb above it." That was Pilot Dean Burford, eastbound. A minute later:

"Andrews calling Newark. Weather thick. At 1,800 ft. but I'm going...

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