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CHAPTER XVII

Emergency Landing

THE Hardys sat frozen in their seats. They heard the loud, thudding sound of the treetops whipping against the underside of the wings.

“I veered off course slightly!” Jack cried. “We just managed to clear the trees!”

Seconds later a large, dark shadow flashed over the top of the plane’s canopy. This was followed by a severe buffeting that rocked the craft violently.

“What was that?” Joe shouted.

“We almost collided with another plane!” the pilot declared nervously. “I must contact air traffic control. They’ll have to handle us just as if we were flying in bad weather!”

Jack switched the radio transceiver to emergency frequency. “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!” he declared. “Bayport Center! Do you read me?”

There was an immediate reply as the radio’s loudspeaker crackled to life. “This is Bayport Center!” came a voice. “Aircraft calling Mayday! Give position, altitude, and identification!”

“This is Skyhawk One-One-Eight-Howe-Boscoe!” the pilot responded. “Now inbound on the two-eight-four-degree radial of Bayport Omni, approximately forty miles from the station! Present altitude, three thousand!” He then explained their predicament.

“Roger, Eight-Howe-Boscoe!” the air traffic operator replied. “Maintain present heading and altitude! Will advise when we have radar contact!”

It was several minutes before the air traffic controller informed Jack that the plane had been identified on the radar screens. He was also told that his craft would be brought down for a landing by means of a Ground Approach. Frank and Joe knew this meant radar operators would detect their aircraft’s heading, descent, and distance from a landing runway. Jack Wayne would be literally “talked down.”

The boys watched in admiration as he skillfully maneuvered the plane. When finally advised by the controller that he had just crossed the threshold of the runway, Jack chopped the power and settled to the ground.

“Whew!” Joe sighed, mopping his forehead. “I don’t want to go through that again. For a while it was like driving in heavy traffic with your eyes shut.”

Jack brought the plane to a stop. “We’ll wait here until a tractor arrives to tow us back to the hangar.”

After this was done, the Hardys and their pilot examined the windows of the plane curiously.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Joe declared.

“It looks as if something had upset the molecular structure of the material in the windows,” Jack said.

“Whatever caused the crazing,” Frank concluded, “must have had something to do with that gadget Barto was aiming at us.”

“Let’s search his apartment in Clayton,” Joe suggested. “Maybe we’ll find a clue.”

“Just what I had in mind,” Frank said. “I’ll call Dad at Mr. Alden’s office and ask if he can arrange to get a search warrant.”

“I almost forgot,” Joe interjected. “Our car is at the plant.”

“Use mine,” Jack said, tossing a set of keys to the boys. “I’ll stay here and see about getting the windows replaced.”

The boys hurried off to meet their father at Alden’s office.

“The warrant’s all set,” Mr. Hardy said. “Clayton Police Station is sending a man to meet us at Barto’s apartment.”

They were greeted by a jolly, sturdily built policeman. “I got a master key from the superintendent,” he informed them. “Makes it easier.”

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