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The Nation

March 14, 1985

Some passengers and crew members probably would have survived the crash of a test aircraft in the California desert in December, even though the plane erupted into a fireball, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The experimental crash of the remote-controlled aircraft, which carried dummies, caught national attention when a fuel additive that was supposed to retard a post-crash fire seemed not to work, resulting in the plane's being engulfed by a massive fireball.

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