National Affairs: We Got Troubles ...

From the charred ruins of the crumpled United Air Lines DC-8 jetliner that crashed into Brooklyn last fortnight, federal investigators last week plucked part of the answer to events that brought on mid-air collision and the world's worst air disaster (TIME, Dec. 26). The story was etched on the metal tape of the crashproof flight recorder that the DC-8—like all jets—carried under federal regulations. Translated, the taped squiggles showed that the jet, bound for New York's Idlewild terminal from Chicago, made a steep descent from 14,000 to 5,000 ft. as it approached the...

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