Airlines: The 727 Cleared

For a while it looked as if Boeing's medium-haul, three-jet 727, in service since 1964, might be grounded by Government edict. During a five-month period beginning in August 1965, there were four fatal 727 crashes, all of them during the final landing approach. But last week, reporting on one of the four disasters—an American Airlines 727 crash in Cincinnati that took 58 lives—the Civil Aeronautics Board blamed the accident on pilot error and cleared the aircraft altogether. The 727, said the CAB, has "no design deficiencies or unsatisfactory operating characteristics."

The CAB noted that the 727 is built to get...

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