THE AIR AGE: A Pale, Blue Flash

From London's Northolt airport one day last week, a twin-engined British European Airways Viking winged up into the evening skies and headed for Paris. Aboard were 28 passengers and a crew of four, including the pilot, 29-year-old Captain Ian Harvey, and the hostess, pretty, auburn-haired Sue Cramsie, 26.

Forty-five minutes later, Captain Harvey's Viking was 3,500 ft. over the English Channel, the air was smooth, the sky clear. The plane's youngest passenger, a three-month-old girl, slept in her mother's lap. Hostess Cramsie had just walked to the rear of the plane to fix a cold snack for the other passengers. Later,...

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