AVIATION: The Fatal Starlings

When a Lockheed Electra plunged 62 persons to their death in Boston Harbor fortnight ago, Administrator Elwood R. Quesada of the Federal Aviation Agency pointed the finger of blame at the flocks of starlings that populate the runway areas of Boston's Logan International Airport. Last week investigators found preliminary proof to indict the starlings, indicated that a flock of 10,000 to 20,000 starlings slammed into the Electra 25 seconds after it left the ground.

The plane's four Allison turboprop engines were recovered from the water, shipped to General Motors' Allison division in...

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