Flight 93: The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11
The passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 have earned their rightful place among the pantheon of American heroes. Flight 93 provides a riveting narrative based on interviews, oral histories, transcripts, recordings, personal tours of the crash site, and voluminous trial evidence made public only in recent years. There also is plenty of chilling new detail for readers who think they know the story of the flight. Utilizing research tools that were not available in the years immediately after the crash, the book offers the most complete account of what actually took place aboard United 93 – from its delayed takeoff at Newark International Airport to the moment it plunged upside-down at 563 miles per hour into an open field in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
books written by the wives of Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett, Jeremy Glick, and LeRoy Homer and a profile of Mark Bingham, all listed in the bibliography. Some specific instances, and other sources, are noted here. 55. to start a new life with her daughter, Author interview with Carole O’Hare, January 2013. 55. “bear, here we come,” Longman, Among the Heroes, pp. 71–74. 56. “I wouldn’t have been surprised if they’d seen each other in school, maybe even talked,” Author interview with Alice Hoglan,
means were these people ordinary. They were energetic, ambitious, curious, dedicated, compassionate, and courageous. Exactly the kind of people it would take to quickly process the chaos unfolding in the final frantic minutes of a hijacked flight, to launch a desperate counterattack aimed at overcoming the assailants—and to boldly try to seize control of the plane. The men of al-Qaeda planned, and planned well, for many contingencies in the years leading up to the attacks, but one important
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getting torn apart with each attempt. “We’d come out of a tree and our Tyveks would be ripped to shreds,” he said. “We’d go back out and [each] get another one.” They kept going, men on a mission. But the arborists from Penn State weren’t used to being part of a criminal investigation, and they certainly weren’t used to identifying human remains. Unfortunately, that became an essential and difficult part of their task throughout the next four days. They were instructed to notify an agent or a
and en-route progress, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Memorandum for the Record, Ed Ballinger, April 14, 2004, p. 6. 9. was received in the cockpit at 9:24 a.m., National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, The 9/11 Commission Report, p. 11. The sequence of all message times between Ballinger and the Flight 93 cockpit is included in this section of the report. Chapter Two: Mastermind 10. first made the wildly ambitious proposal, National