Transport: Well of Tragedy

One day last week an American Airlines pilot about to take off from Newark Airport with a load of passengers in a Douglas DC-3, discovered in time's nick that his controls were jammed. Cutting his motors for an immediate investigation, he discovered that his radio microphone had fallen off its hook by the seat into the V-shaped well in the wall between the movable control column and the fixed structural parts of the cockpit. Grim-faced at his narrow escape from tragedy, the pilot told his employers about it. They at once passed the word...

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