MARYLAND: Escape in Mid-Air

The evening was clear and crisp. A Universal Airline's DC-3, carrying a score of Puerto Ricans home from New York for Christmas, was sailing smoothly southward over Maryland at its assigned 2,000 ft. Its blinking white, red & green lights were visible for nearly eight miles. There was nothing ahead.

Suddenly there was a bump, then a shudder. The cockpit was stove in; hydraulic lines burst, spewing fluid over the flight deck. The radio went out. Not knowing what had hit them, the DC-3's pilots brought the disabled ship to an emergency landing at the nearby field at Aberdeen. No one...

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