"There was a B-25 flying
from out west to Washington, D.C. and it ran into engine trouble over Butler,
Pennsylvania. The plane attempted to get to
Allegheny County Airport, but the engines quit over Homestead and the plane ditched in the
river near Mesta Machine Company. Right after
the aircraft ditch, hundreds of soldiers were seen along the river looking for the bomber. The soldiers closed off the river bank, on both
sides of the Mon, from Homestead to Becks Run Road.
They found the plane later that night and pulled it out at Duck Hollow. After they pulled it out, the bomber was cut it up
and shipped somewhere. By morning the plane
was gone. The bomber was probably
carrying something important on it - perhaps an atomic bomb."
Variations on the story line exist
depending on whos telling it. Most
common modifications to the story include, but are not limited to; changes in departure
point, destination, numbers of soldiers involved in the search, extraction point, color of
the aircraft, length of time it took to cut the plane up and the cargo. Cargo variations are perhaps the most interesting
and usually cover; nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, Mafia money and Howard Hughes. Modifications to the story also include an elusive
seventh passenger and FBI agents who suddenly appear on the scene. In any
case, the story makes for interesting listening, good speculation and can be heard in any
one of Homestead's small bars for the price of a beer.