When an airliner crashes, the airlines and manufacturers scramble to find out what happened and why, but they seldom accuse each other in public of laxity. They prefer to sweep the accident under the rug and out of sight. Last week Croil Hunter, boss of Northwest Airlines, took another course. His airline sued the Glenn L. Martin Co. for $725,000, charging that five Martin 2023 which it had bought in 1947-48 were defective. The wing of one of them, said Northwest, "tore off in flight," during a storm, killing 36 passengers and crewmen near Winona, Minn., last Aug. 29....

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