Transport: Grounded

When a big three-motored T. W. A. Fokker crashed in 1931, killing among others Knute Kenneth Rockne, that type of plane was grounded. Last week the Bureau of Air Commerce (day after it was done by the company itself) grounded Northwest Airlines' eight new Lockheed 14 H transports, fastest in the world. One had crashed with ten people in Montana fortnight ago (TIME, Jan. 17). From the 1931 order the Fokker plant never recovered; Fokker airplanes disappeared from the U. S. sky.


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