Pilot's Heartbreak

When Pan American Airways' Atlantic Clipper crashed at Lisbon last February, killing 24 people, one of the brightest reputations in transport aviation crashed with it. Last week the crash report of the Civil Aeronautics Board marked "official" what airmen already knew: the Atlantic's chief pilot, 50-year-old Captain R.O. D. Sullivan, was responsible for the crash.

Stocky, weatherbeaten Robert Oliver Daniel Sullivan had more than 14,000 hours in his logbook, more than 3,200 of them in Pan Am's great Boeing clippers. But despite his long experience of sea and sky, he could not explain later what happened when he thundered...

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