Science: Safety Upstairs

Nowadays a man or woman who climbs into a regularly scheduled U. S. transport plane should feel in good hands. U. S. airlines closed 1939 last week with a banner year for safety. The airlines keep their fingers crossed, fearful that slips of one kind or another may still cause accidents. But the ramified science of air safety—including training and supervision of personnel, operation rules, technological aids —last year entered a new era.

On Jan. 13 a crash in Montana killed two passengers, two crew members. On March 26 a crash in Oklahoma killed seven passengers, one crew member. Total passenger deaths:...

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