Air Safety

Archive Report

Rising Public Concern Over Air Crashes

Recent Fatal Accidents on American Airlines

Air accidents during the winter of 1946–47 have taken the lives of a large number of airline passengers and pilots, and resulted in the complete destruction of costly aircraft, both in the United States and in other parts of the world. The mounting concern over air safety has brought investigations by committees of both houses of Congress, a sharp decline in the number of persons traveling by air, and a public demand that quick steps be taken to reduce the dangers of air transportation.

Present experience is a repetition on a larger scale of that during the winter months of last year. Two dramatic crashes on scheduled domestic air lines1 in January, 1946—the first at ...

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