Aeronautics: Post Mortem

The British dirigible R-101 crashed in France and killed 48 occupants because of leaking gas and bad weather. That fact, which everyone already knew, was virtually the sum total of the long-awaited report of the court of inquiry, delivered last week in London. The investigators fixed no blame upon Lord Christopher Birdwood Thomson, the Secretary of State for Air (killed in the crash) who was said to have hastened the start of the flight to India to precede the opening of the Imperial Conference. But they gingerly admitted that the inadequately tested...

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