BRAZIL: Impossible Accident

With its twin motors ticking over rhythmically, a big Heinkel transport moved into position on Rio de Janeiro's Santos Dumont airfield one day last week, began loading up for its regular Sāo Paulo run. Up the steps walked the passengers: Cuban Minister to Brazil Alfonso Hernández Catá, Rockefeller Foundation's yellow-fever researcher Dr. Evandro Chagas, Norwegian Consul Alexander Stabell Grieg, Sebastiāo Leme Salles, nephew of Rio's Cardinal Archbishop, eleven lesser wigs. Heading into the wind, the VASP airliner roared across the field, lifted easily into a climbing turn.

Out over the heart of Rio it circled, reaching for altitude before heading...

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