Europe: A Grisly Triptych of Disasters

Accidents in Spain, Germany and Switzerland

In a world that has become sadly accustomed to the violent images of war, there was still room for shock last week at the carnage of civilian calamities. Americans and Europeans alike were stunned by three unrelated accidents that killed 135 people and injured 67.

The deadliest of the mishaps occurred as a chartered Spanish DC-10, fully laden with 380 tourists bound for New York, was racing down the runway of the airport near the seaside resort of Málaga. As the aircraft approached the necessary takeoff speed of more than 180 m.p.h., the plane began...

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