CATASTROPHE: Aerial Traffic Cops Needed?

Bad enough was the fact that an Army bomber and an American Airlines plane had collided 9,000 ft. over California's San Gorgonio Pass and that twelve had lost their lives when the airliner, its tail assembly shorn off, had spun to earth and burned (TIME, Nov. 2). Far worse was the reason why.

In Los Angeles tall, blond Army Pilot Lieut. William N. Wilson, 25, met his old friend Airliner Co-Pilot Louis F. Reppert Jr. "It was agreed," said the report of a Congressional investigating committee, "that Lieut. Wilson would attempt to time his take-off [next day] from Long Beach to...

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