AERONAUTICS: Forestalled Disaster

Over Alton airport, Columbia, Mo., halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City, last week, zoomed Harry Hammill, American Eagle salesman, and his wife in their plane. Roe Montgomery, field manager at Columbia, saw that the right wheel was hanging useless from the under carriage. Reckoning that the ill-fated plane was heading for Kansas City, he telephoned officials at the airport there to warn the flyers and prepare for disaster.

At Kansas City a crowd collected. An ambulance rolled up. A chemical fire truck got ready for action. Then the plane appeared. Although...

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