TRANSPORT: Death at Christmastide

On Paris' Orly Field one night last week Pilot Herbert Tansey got his takeoff signal from the control tower and headed T.W.A.'s big four-engine Constellation down the light-bordered runway. Airborne, he picked up the landing gear and set the Star of Cairo on her course northwest for Shannon, Eire, the first stop on the regular Paris-New York run. It was midnight.

Back in the cabin, pretty Hostess Vina K. Ferguson moved up & down the aisle, settling the passengers for the night. She checked the seating list. The bald, bespectacled Frenchman nodding in...

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