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Over the Wire

Crash Brings C.A.A. Fight

WASHINGTON--The fatal crash of an Eastern Airplanes sleeper plane near Atlanta today revived the bitter Congressional fight which last year almost blocked reorganization of the Civil Aeronautics authority.

Sen. Pat McCarran, Democrat of Nevada, described the tragedy as "legalized murder" and demanded enactment of his bill to re-establish the CAA and the Air Safety Board as independent agencies. The Safety Board was abolished and the CAA became a commerce department unit under a presidential reorganization order which became effective last July 1.

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