711.5527/30: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Belgium (Morris)

16. Your 17, April 12, 1 p.m.33 Boeing accidents of which there has recently been publicity found by aeronautical authorities of this Government not to be due to structural failures.

American airline record of approximately 25,000,000 passenger miles per passenger fatality for year 1933 believed to compare favorably with that of any other country.

You should express regret that Government of Belgium has denounced agreement without first affording this Government an opportunity to furnish detailed information that might satisfy Belgian objections to the agreement.

You are requested to express the hope that the Belgian Government may be disposed to withdraw notice of denunciation pending an investigation by this Government of any objections raised to the agreement. If this is done inform Department in detail of objections of Belgian Government with information as to any accidents involving American built aircraft that have occurred in Belgium since agreement has been in force.

You may state that United States has airworthiness agreements with seven countries other than Belgium and that they have been satisfactory to all governments concerned.

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