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"The paper!" He snatched it from her hands and began tearing it open.
Damn newsboys for folding them!
"Nick! Aren't you going to kiss me?"
"Huh? Oh." He kissed her briefly, fleetingly, and returned to the paper.
The crash was on page one.
WRECKAGE OF PRIVATE AIRCRAFT FOUND
Everett, Pa. The smouldering wreckage of what was apparently a
private plane was found late yesterday evening in the heavily wooded
area north of the city by a young Boy Scout looking for a campsite.
Benjamin Talbot, aged 13, after locating the mangled aircraft,
promptly called local police who dispatched Detective Lieutenant
Nolan Brice, Everett Rescue Squad and FAA investigator Arron P.
Dickson to examine the wreckage.
"It's the most unusual crash site I've ever seen," FAA investigator
Dickson told local newsmen. "There's no evidence of wings or tail
assembly. The fuselage is also of a strange design."
Detective Lieutenant Brice, after checking with the airport tower at
Everett, and with CAP officials, informed newsmen that no private
aircraft had been reported in trouble, or even over the particular
area in which the craft was found. "Of course," Lieutenant Brice
added, "one plane may have gone unnoticed. This is highly unlikely,
but we cannot overlook the possibility. What is puzzling, to me, is
that the aircraft has not been identified and there have been no
"The Civil Air Patrol," Mr. Dickson commented, "has been most
cooperative and are now engaged in an air search of the area, while
rescue squads work in the mountains."
Mr. Dickson went on to state that the mystery crash will be
thoroughly investigated by authorities in an effort to determine the
make and model of the plane, as well as the fate of its occupants.
At present, the crash site has been roped off and placed under guard
by local Militiamen. Only authorized personnel will be allowed to
view the wreckage. Major Gilbert Donnoue, of the Air Force
Experimental Wing, refused to make a statement as to whether the
plane was of Air Force origin. "To my knowledge, we have lost no
test planes. However, an extensive check will undoubtedly be run to
Test plane? Nick stared in amazement at the words that leaped at him
from the printed page. Test plane? What the hell was going on in this
screwy world? No wings? No tail assembly? No Mayday calls? No record of
the plane? The whole damned thing sounded ridiculous. Coupled with the
fact that he had been out of touch for thirteen months, it all became
And to top it all off, Nolan Brice was one of the men who had been
placed on the investigating staff at the crash scene. Suppose he, Nick,
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