DISASTERS: Holidays' End

A chill fog hung over Seattle's dark, hill-bordered Boeing Field, and ice glazed the runways. Seattle Air Charter, one of the U.S.'s brood of nonscheduled airlines, postponed the eastbound flight of its DC-3 for an hour, then two hours. The big commercial lines had canceled all flights. But the owner of the DC-3 had a big payload waiting impatiently for a ride—27 Yale students from the Northwest had chartered the plane for the trip back to New Haven after the Christmas holidays.

Finally at 10 o'clock the flight was called; the students called...

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