CYPRUS: Hospital Ceremony

In the heavy February fog, orbiting aircraft stacked up over London's airports in the biggest queue in seven years. In midafternoon, visibility worsened, and some of the airliners circling over Epsom Downs were ordered to land at Gatwick Airport, 25 miles south of London. At 4:50 p.m., with dusk closing in and visibility at only one mile, a Turkish Airlines Viscount reported that it was on Gatwick Airport's standard instrument landing system, and coming in. It was coming in too low.

Seconds later, with what a control-tower officer called "awful suddenness," the...

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