Indo-china: Why the C-5A Crashed

As the mass exodus from Saigon really began three weeks ago, a huge Air Force C-5A transport took off for the U.S. with a load of orphans andaccompanying adults. Less than an hour later, the plane crashed in a paddy, killing 206 of the more than 300 passengers aboard. Last week TIME learned that Government investigators have agreed on the probable cause of the disaster: a defective latch on the door of the rear loading platform.

As the C-5A climbed, the air pressure outside the aircraft gradually diminished. Meanwhile, the pressure inside the cavernous holds and cabins...

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