Transport: For Safety

In the nine years from Jan. 1, 1928 to Jan 1 1937 there were 55 wrecks of scheduled U. S. passenger airliners bringing death to 181 passengers, or one tor every 2,000,000 miles of flight. Best year was 1933, when airlines flew 21,700,000 passenger-miles per fatality. Worst accident year on record for U. S. railroads was 1907, when they killed 647 passengers while running 27,700,000,000 passenger-miles. This was 42,800,000 passenger-miles per fatality or about twice as good as the air's best record. In 1936, though the lines equaled their most favorable record for...

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