American Free Press
visited Somerset County to look into some of the questions surrounding
United Airlines Flight 93, which allegedly turned over and crashed
in a refilled strip mine between Lambertsville and Shanksville,
Pa., taking 44 lives with it.
Many local residents
believe the plane was shot down, which they say would explain why
parts of the plane and its contents were found strewn over a large
One question, is
what happened to the physical wreckage of the plane?
There was no plane,
Ernie Stull, mayor of Shanksville, told German television in March
My sister and
a good friend of mine were the first ones there, Stull said.
They were standing on a street corner in Shanksville talking.
Their car was nearby, so they were the first hereand the fire
department came. Everyone was puzzled, because the call had been
that a plane had crashed. But there was no plane.
They had been
sent here because of a crash, but there was no plane? the
No. Nothing. Only
When AFP asked Stull
about his comments, he disagreed about when he had gone to the crash
site. A day or two later, Stull said, was about when
he went to the site. But he reiterated the fact that they saw little
evidence of a plane crash.
Nena Lensbouer, who
had prepared lunch for the workers at the scrap yard overlooking
the crash site, was the first person to go up to the smoking crater.
Lensbouer told AFP that
the hole was five to six feet deep and smaller than the 24-foot
trailer in her front yard. She described hearing an explosion,
like an atomic bombnot a crash.
Lensbouer called 911
and stayed on the line as she ran across the reclaimed land of the
former strip mine to within 15 feet of the smoking crater.
Lensbouer told AFP that
she did not see any evidence of a plane then or at any time during
the excavation at the site, an effort that reportedly recovered
95 percent of the plane and 10 percent of the human remains.
While specific details
vary, the explanation for the disappearance of the plane is that
the reclaimed land acted like liquid and absorbed the aircraft,
which is said to have impacted at between 450 and 600 miles per
This explanation is
also used to explain why there was only a brief explosion with one
short-lived smoke cloud, not unlike a bomb blast.
I never saw that
smoke, Paula Long, an eyewitness, told AFP. Long ran immediately
after hearing the crash but did not see the cloud of smoke caught
in the now-famous photograph by Valencia McClatchey, she said.
It [the ground]
liquefied, Bob Leverknight, an active member of the Air National
Guard and correspondent with Somersets Daily American, told
AFP regarding how the wreck and much of the fuel disappeared. One
of the massive engines, Leverknight said, however, bounced off the
ground and was found in the woods.
Jim Svonavec, whose
company worked at the site and provided excavation equipment, told
AFP that the recovery of the engine at least 1,800 feet into
the woods, was done solely by FBI agents using his equipment.