Transport: Tail Trouble

When Bureau of Air Commerce experts convened to investigate Northwest Airlines' crash in which ten were killed near Bozeman, Mont, last month, they may well have had misgivings. For the apparent cause of the accident was major structural failure, a great rarity on airliners. And to the acute discomfiture of the investigating board, their own Bureau of Air Commerce had "rigidly tested" and approved the ship (a new Lockheed 14H which had flown only 190 hours) shortly before the crash.

Last week the board—three B. A. C. men headed by Miller C. Foster of the Department of Commerce, and Montana Aeronautics Commissioner...

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