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Fate is the Hunter - Chapter 18 - "Tragedy and Escape - There is a Degree of Mercy Beyond Which Any Man is Rude to Inquire" Summary & Analysis

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After World War II, the aviation industry enjoyed a huge increase in profitability and prestige. Many small companies were established and many quickly failed; the safety of many of the smaller companies was questionable. Within one five month period, seventeen pilots and co-pilots were killed in accidents.

On one flight, Gann was piloting a DC-4A, bound from Honolulu to Burbank. Over the course of several hours, the aircraft suffers a series of strange but not ominous vibrations. Grimes, the intelligent and attentive stewardess, complains of a bizarre shaking motion in the tail section. Gann and his crew investigate but eventually decide that one of the engines must be running roughly. Gann is anxious to reach land and, contrary to common practice, does not reduce speed in...

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