After four months on the ground, the first DC-6s will take to the air again this week. Douglas Aircraft Co. said it had caught the bugs that had caused two plane fires (and the death of 52) last fall and grounded the planes. American Airlines will resume its DC-6 transcontinental flights; United, National, Braniff, Panagra and Sabena will begin to put their planes in service soon afterwards.

The modifications in the planes cost Douglas more than $3,000,000. The airlines which had to do without their 96 DC-6s lost an estimated $12,000,000 by the grounding.


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