DISASTER: Ill-Starred

It was a routine training flight. On a sunny morning this week, the sleek T.W.A. Constellation, Star of Athens, swung low over the Brandy wine light, skimmed north up Delaware Bay. The lighthouse-keeper heard a jarring explosion, then two more. An enormous pillar of smoke shot up from the pool of gasoline flames on the water. By the time fishing boats and the Coast Guard reached the scene, all that was left of the Constellation and its four-man crew were some floating wreckage, a few bits of burned flesh and charred clothing....

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