Flight 93: The Story, the Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11
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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.
dress again in the Western-style clothing he had favored when he first arrived in Germany. He no longer answered to the nom de guerre he’d been assigned at the camps in Afghanistan—Abu Tareq al Lubnani (literally “father of the one who knocks on the door, the Lebanese”). The men clearly had been instructed to begin their mission by eliminating any signs of religious extremism and blending into the mainstream as well-adjusted Westerners. A few days later, Jarrah decided to travel to Bochum to
cockpits—they had been a focus of the pilots’ simulator training. All would leave from East Coast cities. The assignments and pilots: • American Airlines Flight 11, Boston to Los Angeles, 7:45 a.m.—Atta • United Airlines Flight 175, Boston to Los Angeles, 8:00 a.m.—Shehhi • United Airlines Flight 93, Newark to San Francisco, 8:00 am.—Jarrah • American Airlines Flight 77, Washington, DC, to Los Angeles, 8:10 am.—Hanjour Atta also had determined the makeup of the specific hijack teams.
crashes to come—and scurried for their cars, heading for home. The fears weren’t unfounded. Just before 10:00 a.m. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, thousands of commuters streamed past the sixty-four-story USX Tower toward parking lots in the city’s Hill District and Uptown sections—completely unaware of the danger lurking just a few thousand feet above their heads. Al-Qaeda had one more plane, and it was still hurtling toward its target. CHAPTER EIGHT Mayday Lauren Grandcolas was excited. The
so I knew what to look for,” Betty Kemmerer said. “The jewelry probably was scattered all over the place. But we got quite a bit back.” Betty found yet another keepsake among the unclaimed family items listed in a catalog. She came across her own graduation picture from the Class of 1963 at Irvington (New Jersey) High. One of the most astonishing discoveries was the virtually intact badge and credentials belonging to Richard Guadagno, who worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the
Homeland Security. He was no longer just a detached observer, a state leader providing solace and comfort. He was now enmeshed in the story himself. That difference in perspective from the other speakers was evident in Ridge’s personal and powerful oration on the tenth anniversary. Influenced by what he’d experienced at the site in 2001, he didn’t address his comments solely to the family members in attendance, or to the crowd, estimated at five thousand people, or to a national television