TRANSPORT: Take-off Trouble

Many a pilot has known the rump-tightening sensation that comes when an engine quits on a takeoff. No pilot ever liked the feeling. For from that point on the lives of pilot and passengers depend on his cool skill and on lots of luck. Unless there is a good open field ahead, the chances are heavy for a bad crash.

Last week, this toughest of take-off troubles happened to a Pennsylvania Central Airlines pilot as he left the hill-bordered Charleston (W.Va.) field, headed for Pittsburgh with six passengers, copilot and stewardess aboard. Pilot...

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