AVIATION: Crackdown

Manhattan's swelling Puerto Rican community has provided a lush bonanza tor nonscheduled U.S. airlines. For two years, many "non-skeds" had packed in their passengers like cattle to make their cut-rate fares profitable. Worse still in the same period there had been no less than four crashes, killing 117 people. The latest—and most serious—was six weeks ago when a Curtiss Commando plane operated by Strato-Freight, Inc. plunged into the Atlantic, killing 53 of its 81 occupants (TIME, June 20). After that, the Civil Aeronautics Administration decided to take a harder look at the...

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