Capt. Epps dies - part 2

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Capt. Epps dies - part 2 - )lane down to even lower altitudes n an effort...
)lane down to even lower altitudes n an effort to escape the icing conditions. During the last hour of the four- lour flight from Pueblo, when il was obvious the plane was in des- Foreign Lo Premier they getting who 107 erate circumstances, San Antonio airport officials arranged for run vay lights lo be turned on at the Cerrville airport, operated oy Vans-Texas Airways. The board, in summarizing facts Brought out in its investigation said at (he time of the acciden he crew of the plane had been m continuous duly for more than 10 hours. About 32 hours had been n flight, during which the aircraf ad been flown from McGuirc Ail ? orce Base, N. J., to Dalls am hen fo Boise to pick up the men. Company Paid By Mile The board Sflid General Airways vas paid a flat DO cents a mile or hauling passengers under its contract which stipulated it woul lave to stand the housing and feed ng of passengers delayed en route Under this arrangement had the guardsmen spent the night in Pu eblo, the board said, the cost to he carrier would have been abou $250. In its conclusions the board sail "This accident was a consider able length of time in the makin, and was fully preventable. "The facts show that operaliona supervision demanding complionc with regulations was complete! lacking and that Capt. Epps dem onslraled disregard for the civi air regulations. "The flight went to and bcyon its point of safe diversion despit exemplary efforts by FAA person net to help. The captain pressed o to complete n mission long afte good judgment called for discon tinuing the flight. "The inevitable conclusion is tha economic factors rather than th basic principles of safe flight wer dominant. 'The board determines that th a a

Clipped from Idaho State Journal25 Nov 1959, WedPage 14

Idaho State Journal (Pocatello, Idaho)25 Nov 1959, WedPage 14
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