National Affairs: Crackdown

The setting was tragically familiar. At 3:33 a.m., the pilot of a twin-engine transport plane arriving from New York radioed that he was lost in a thick haze somewhere near Los Angeles. At 3:54, as the pilot began feeling his way down through the haze, the plane caught one wing tip on the crest of a slope, and plunged into a hillside in suburban Whittier Heights. The crew of three and all 26 passengers aboard were killed. The plane was a war-surplus C46 Curtiss Commando, operated by a nonscheduled carrier—the fourth non-sked C46 to...

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