Japan: The Worst Single Day

Death haunted the skies of Japan last week. Near towering Mount Fuji, a British Overseas Airways' Boeing 707 fell from the sky, killing all 124 persons on board. Only the day before, a Canadian Pacific DC-8 crashed while landing in heavy fog at Tokyo Airport, killing the ten-member crew and all but eight of the 62 passengers. This total of 188 in less than 24 hours made it, as far as anyone could remember, the darkest single day in the history of commercial aviation.

And that was not all of it: two Japanese...