DISASTER: Death in the Blue Ridge

In a thunderstorm which delayed it for nearly half an hour at Washington's airport, a Douglas DC-3 of Pennsylvania Central Airlines took off one night last week for Pittsburgh. Twenty-three minutes later, over the foothills of the Blue Ridge range near Lovettsville, Va., 36 miles west of Washington, something happened. Farmers attracted by a crash found the plane strewn over a clearing into which it had apparently plunged full tilt. Killed and mangled were all 21 passengers, its crew of four. The force of the crash was so great that, strapped in their seats, many of them were literally...

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