Transport: Lessons from the 727

The November crashes of two Boeing 727 jets may result in significant new precautions to make airline travel safer. The Civil Aeronautics Board, which last week issued a preliminary finding on the disasters—one near Cincinnati, the other at Salt Lake City—noted that only 52 passengers in the two tragedies got out alive, while 101 died.

In the Salt Lake City wreck, most of the 43 victims were burned to death. Thus, the CAB recommended that the 727's fuel lines, which run through the craft's belly to the three rear-mounted engines, be relocated to withstand the shock of a crash landing. In,...

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