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Flight 175: What Happened

by Kevin Caruso

United Airlines flight 175 departed from Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, at 8:14 a.m. with a destination of Los Angeles, California.

At 8:42 a.m., air traffic controllers became aware that the plane was flying off course, and at 8:43 a.m. reported that the flight had been hijacked.

Air traffic controllers were subsequently unable to make radio contact with the plane, but carefully followed its route as it continued south towards New York City.

At 8:43 a.m., hero passenger Peter Hanson called his father and said, “Oh, my God! They just stabbed the airline hostess. I think the airline is being hijacked.”

At 8:50 a.m., Rich Miles, manager of United Airlines' operations center in Chicago, received a call from an airline mechanic in San Francisco. The mechanic told Miles that a flight attendant on flight 175 called him and said “Oh my God. The crew has been killed; a flight attendant has been stabbed. We've been hijacked.”

Also at 8:50 a.m., the plane made a sharp u-turn after flying southwest of New York City, and begins heading northeast, directly towards New York City.

At 8:52 a.m., two F-15 fighter jets take off from Otis Air National Guard base in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. The fighters do not have enough time to intercept the airliner.

At 8:58 a.m., hero passenger Brian Sweeney called his wife, but could only leave a message. He said, “We've been hijacked, and it doesn't look too good.” He then called his mother to tell her about the hijacking; he told her that he loved her and said goodbye.

Brian Sweeney’s mother then turned on the TV, and at 9:03 a.m. saw Flight 175 crash into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

92 angels lost their lives on Flight 175.

We remember and honor all of the precious angels.

Please click below to view the names of the Flight 175 angels:

More than 2600 angels lost their lives when the Twin Towers collapsed.

We remember and honor all of these precious angels.

Please click below to view the names of the WTC angels:

Flight 171 Route
The route of Flight 175.
The red line shows the intended route,
and the yellow line shows the hijackers route

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