The World: Death Comes at Ermenonville

In flat bureaucratic prose, the U.S. Federal Aviation Agency issued an order last week directing flight crews on all McDonnell-Douglas DC-10 jumbo jets to make certain that the cargo holds of their planes are locked and properly sealed before they take off. Behind those words may well be the solution to the mystery of the worst air disaster in history: the crash near Paris on March 3 of a Turkish Airlines DC-10, in which at least 344 passengers and crew members lost their lives.

The wide-bodied jetliner had arrived lightly loaded at Paris' Orly Airport from Istanbul, en route...

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