DISASTER: No Sign of Life

After an all-night negotiating session, the ten-day-old strike at United Air Lines was over and 900 pilots manned their planes. At San Francisco, Captain James R. Appleby, 32, a veteran of eleven years with the company, was the second man off eastbound, roared up into the night headed for Denver and Chicago. On board the huge DC-6, his 45 passengers, among them a mother & father with their three children, settled back with pillows and magazines for the ten-hour flight.

At 1:56 a.m., the radio at the Denver tower crackled into life. Captain Appleby was south of Cheyenne, Wyo. at...

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