AVIATION: Trouble for Northwest

In the past four years, Northwest Airlines has been plagued by accidents with its 36-passenger Martin 202s. During 1950, when three 2025 crashed (and a DC-4 plunged into Lake Michigan, killing 55 passengers), Northwest's fatalities were more than those of all other scheduled U.S. airlines combined. After the fifth crash of a two-engined Martin 202 early this year (seven killed), Northwest had a palace revolt: its pilots refused to fly the 202s. With that, Northwest grounded its Martins—20 in all.

Then Northwest took an even more drastic step. It put half of its 202s up for sale, at $350,000 each (replacement...

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