AVIATION: Boosting the Safety Margin

After the second mid-air explosion in five months of a Lockheed Electra, FAA Administrator Elwood Quesada summoned airline representatives, aeronautical experts and Lockheed engineers to Washington last week for four days of closed-door talks. At week's end, Quesada ordered new restrictions on the 115 Electras in service, which will force airlines to change schedules, perhaps drop the planes from some routes. Items: ¶ A 295-m.p.h. limit was placed on cruising at the normal operational altitudes, 105 m.p.h. under the Eiectra's normal cruising speed, bringing it down to the speed of the older...

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