BERMUDA: A Star Goes Down

Her throttles wide open, the Star of the East, a DC-4 of Pan American World Airways' Cuban affiliate Aviacion Cubana, roared northeastward out of Bermuda's Kindley Field before dawn one day last week. Just after the takeoff, one of the four engines of the Madrid-to-Havana plane faltered. "I was just going to run to the front of the cabin and warn the passengers when we hit the water," Steward Orlando Lopez Suarez later recalled. "The tail broke off ... I found a rubber dinghy, but it was punctured and would not inflate ....

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