Aviation: One Man's Anguish

At 7:49 p.m. on Oct. 30, 1959, Piedmont Airlines' Flight 349 took off from Washington and headed for Charlottesville, Va. Fifty-one minutes later, with his flaps down for a landing at Charlottesville airport, Pilot George Lavrinc crashed the DC-3 into Bucks Elbow Mountain, 13 miles to the west. Killed were 26 of the 27 persons aboard, including Lavrinc.

How did it happen? Piecing together the answer, 37 investigators for the Civil Aeronautics Board tracked down lead after lead for 17 months. Last week, submitting its report, the CAB unfolded a story of one...

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