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ANSWERS (Electronic version)
by Jim Koehler « View this author's BIO
Unfortunately, it was too late. The wind had indeed sent him to the northeastern corner of the Sandia Mountain Range and he was now very close to the ground. In addition, a severe snow squall limited his visibility and a ?mountain wave? of down-flowing air kept the plane from rising. Without any warning, the right wing dropped and hit the side of a minor peak at 8,000 feet elevation. The plane spun around and smashed into the ground. Charlie, and most of those aboard, never knew what hit them. All of them, but one guard, died instantly. The guard had been sitting in the rear of the cargo compartment and while the others had been hit by flying debris, this man had been seat-belted in. However, he had been injured when the plane spun around hitting rocks and trees and lost consciousness. When he woke up a half-hour later, though dazed and in pain, he was able to release the belt and stagger around. He did not know what was wrong, but his gut hurt when he moved. He checked out the others aboard the aircraft and finding them all dead, sat down to clear his head. Then, he remembered his primary mission. He stumbled back to the cargo area to an ordinary looking box about the size of a small bread box. Reaching for his Thompson sub-machine gun and some clothes and other items he could use to keep warm, he stationed himself on the box, ready to protect it.
Almost sixty years after a fatal New Mexico military plane crash, the son of a victim seeks ANSWERS about the event. He hires a historian, Robert Jerzerski, Ph.D., from the State University of Southern Arizona, to find the answers, but another tragedy forces the investigator to engage a lawyer and a paramedic in the search.
Together, this unlikely triumvirate meticulously pieces together clues surrounding a past event that is deeply shrouded in mystery. The result of their efforts is both surprising and dramatic and changes the lives of those involved.