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Flight 93: What Happened

by Kevin Caruso

United Airlines Flight 93 departed from Newark International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, at 8:42 a.m. with a destination of San Francisco, California.

At 9:00 a.m., Ed Ballinger, the United Airlines flight dispatcher, sent the following warning to all United flights: “Beware of cockpit intrusion.”

The pilot of Flight 93 responded, “Hi Ed. Confirmed.”

But no additional information was given to the pilots, so they did not know that other flights had been hijacked a few minutes earlier.

At 9:24 a.m., United dispatchers sent the following message to all United flights: “Beware of cockpit intrusion. Two aircraft in New York hit Trade Center buildings.”

At 9:27 a.m., hero passenger Tom Burnett called his wife Deena and said, “I'm on United Flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco. The plane has been hijacked. We are in the air. They've already knifed a guy. There is a bomb on board. Call the FBI.”

Deena immediately called 911.

Numerous other passengers also made phone calls to loved ones.

At 9:28 a.m., air traffic controllers and pilots in planes close to Flight 93 received a radio transmission from an unknown origin in which they heard screaming.

At 9:31 a.m., the satanic terrorists stabbed hero flight attendant Debbie Welsh, who was in the cockpit.

At 9:32 a.m., one of the satanic terrorists made the following announcement to the passengers: “Ladies and gentlemen, here it's the captain, please sit down. Keep remaining sitting. We have a bomb aboard.”

At 9:34 a.m., hero Tom Burnett called his wife Deena again. He told her, “They’re in the cockpit.” Tom said that the hijackers stabbed a man to death who was seated near him, and Deena told Tom about the planes that crashed into the Twin Towers.

Tom then replied, “Oh my God! It’s a suicide mission.”

At 9:37 a.m., hero passenger Jeremy Glick called his wife Lyn and told her what was happening. He said the three hijackers were wearing red headbands when they stood up, yelled, and ran to the cockpit; and they held up a box and said that it was a bomb.

At 9:42 a.m., hero passenger Mark Bingham called his mother and said, “I'm on a flight from Newark to San Francisco and there are three guys who have taken over the plane and they say they have a bomb.”

At 9:45 a.m., hero Tom Burnett called his wife Deena for a third time. She told him that a plane had crashed into the Pentagon. Tom said that he did not believe that the hijackers actually had a bomb, and that he and other passengers were planning to take some type of action against the hijackers. “We have to do something,” he said.

Also at 9:45 a.m., hero passenger hero Todd Beamer, who was experiencing difficulties with his phone, is finally able to make a connection. He speaks with a representative from Verizon, and the FBI listened.

Todd said that he and nine other passengers and five flight attendants were forced to the back of the plane and that a hijacker, who claimed to have a bomb strapped to his body, was holding them. He also said that other passengers were being held by another hijacker in the first class section and that that third hijacker was in the cockpit.

At 9:47 a.m., hero Jeremy Glick, who was still on the phone with his wife Lyn, said that the passengers were taking a vote to determine whether they should try to take over the plane; he said that all of the men on the plane voted to attack the hijackers.

At 9:50 a.m., hero passenger Sandra Bradshaw called her husband and informs him about the hijacking. She said that passengers were in the rear galley filling pitchers with hot water to attack the hijackers with.

At 9:54, hero Tom Burnett called his wife Deena for the Fourth time and said, “Don't worry, we're going to do something.”

At about 9:56 a.m. Vice President Dick Cheney is told that the hijackers plane is 80 miles out and asked if fighter jets should engage. Chaney said, “Yes.” Cheney was asked two more times if fighters should engage, and he also responded “Yes” each time.

At about 9:56 a.m., a Secret Service agent got on the radio with the F-16 pilots and said, “I want you to protect the White House at all costs.”

At 9:57 a.m., a passenger yelled “Let’s get them.” Then one hijacker asked another hijacker, “Should we finish? Another replied, “Not yet.”

More statements from passengers are then heard, including:

“Give it to me.”

“I’m injured.”

“Lift it up.”

(Flight recorder and additional post-flight analysis suggest that the passengers started their attack in the front of the plane, probably ramming the cockpit using a food cart; shortly thereafter, heroes in the back of the plane attacked.)

At 9:58 a.m., hero passenger CeeCee Lyles, who was on the phone with her husband, said, "They're forcing their way into the cockpit...they're doing it! They're doing it! They're doing it!” Screaming could be heard in the background, and then the call cut off.

At 9:58 a.m., Todd Beamer told his wife that they were preparing to jump the hijacker. Todd put the phone down, but did not disconnect. He then said:

“Are you ready guys? Let’s roll”

At 9:58 a.m., Sandy Bradshaw told her husband, “Everyone's running to first class. I've got to go. Bye.”

At 10:01 a.m., a pilot in a nearby plane spotted Flight 93 and said that the plane was “waving its wings" [rotating side to side].

Flight 93 crashed at 10:03 a.m. in a rural area of Pennsylvania.

45 angels were on the plane.

We remember and honor all of these precious angels.

Please click below to view the names of the Flight 93 angels:

Flight 93 Route
The route of Flight 93.
The red line shows the intended route,
and the yellow line shows the hijackers route

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