hardens that United flight was shot down|
THE evidence is hardening
that the United Airlines flight 93 was shot down or
met an end other than stated by the U.S. Government
in the skies above Pennsylvania on September 11,
I have commented
earlier items about the
discrepancies. Today The New York Times
published the transcripts of all three other doomed
planes, while they note that the transcript of the
voice recordings relating to the United Airlines
757 which crashed at Shanksville has been withheld
by the F.B.I. This seems to confirm my view.
Read what The New York
Times authors write
in their piece excerpted below -- as close as any
U.S. journalists have yet dared to venture to the
truth. The newspaper has pieced together an
Interactive page relating to this flight's final
see the odd words highlighted by us in red , timed
10:04 a.m.-- "Last
observation of primary
looks like a message from a fighter plane. We
recall that Vice president Cheney confirmed that
President Bush had given authority to shoot down
hijacked airliners at 9:53 a.m.
I am baffled by the
failure of the U.S. journalists to do their proper
job of investigation, and to print the truth that
they find fearlessly. They will earn no Pulitzers,
probably, but they will earn the respect of their
Source: The New York Times
October 16, 2001
'We Have Some
Planes,' Hijacker Told Controller
By MATTHEW L. WALD with KEVIN
Just minutes before the crash at the Pentagon,
United Airlines Flight 93, flying from Newark to
San Francisco, went off course near Cleveland. It
now appears that Flight 93 received a warning of
Cutting through the background noise in the
cockpit of Flight 93, the crew would have heard the
sound of an electronic "ping" like one that might
announce the arrival of e-mail message on a home
computer. It was a text message coming by radio,
from a flight dispatcher near Chicago. In green
letters on a black background, it said, "Beware,
The message was sent by a dispatcher, sitting at
the "transcontinental" desk at United's operations
center near O'Hare International Airport, who had
been assigned to follow both 175 and 93, as well as
14 other airplanes that morning. After United 175
was confirmed to have been hijacked, he sent the
message to all the planes he was monitoring.
Since Sept. 11, details have emerged of a
struggle between hijackers and passengers on Flight
93. People involved in air
traffic control said the F.B.I. seized the air
traffic tapes of the conversations with that
airplane, and no transcript was made available of
air-to-ground communications for the flight.
But according to a person who heard the tape, "a
very noisy sound of a confrontation was heard on
the frequency, very garbled, but with some
discernible phrase like, "Hey, get out of
There was the sound of a foreign language on the
frequency; controllers thought it was Arabic.
Flight 93 crashed in a field western
Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m. But before the final
cockpit intrusion of the morning, one of the pilots
apparently turned to the e-mail unit that carried
the warning from Chicago, touched a button that
made the screen display a keyboard and typed a
one-word reply: "Confirmed."
[Here is the sequence of
events provided by The New York Times in an
interactive page, their wording:]
- United Flight
- Flight plan: Newark to San Francisco.
- Crashes in Shanksville, Pa.
8:42:00 Plane takes off from Newark.
9:28:19 First audible sign of problems in
background cockpit noise.
9:29:29 Abnormal communication.
9:35:09 Plane climbs without authorization.
9:36:31 Plane turns off course.
Sometime after 9:30, two passengers
make the first of several calls to their wives,
saying that three or four passengers were
discussing how they might stop the hijackers.
One man on the plane also spoke directly to 911
dispatchers, relaying details of hijacking in
progress. Several other passengers on the flight
placed cellphone calls as well. Investigators
who have heard the cockpit voice recorder have
described the sounds of a struggle taking place.
9:56:00 Last transponder code observed.
9:57:19 Last radar return.
10:00:00 Controller states: "think he is at
observation of primary target heading of
about 160 degrees.
10:06:00 Controller calls controller on land
line to say UAL93 is down
Related item on this website:
Jacobson argues that 'primary target' does not
necessarily indicate military activity |
Pauly agrees | so
does David Mirfin | and
Warren Peterson urges us to drop the conspiracy
theory on Flight 93