|God bless the American spirit||peloton|
Sep 12, 2001 7:01 PM
|I just saw on the news that the fourth plane that crashed in rural PA, was probably headed to the White House as it's intended target. A cell phone call made by a man on the plane to his wife told how he and some other passengers were going to take the plane back over from the terrorists who were then at the controls. Those people fought back, and ultimately gave their own lives to keep those f'ers from doing what they planned. Tragic, but those people are heros. I'm proud that they had the courage to fight back. Maybe they didn't know what they were saving at the time, but think of the lives they defended. God bless those people.
I'm proud when I see the way our country has responded over the past 36 hours. It's only too bad it had to be something like this to make it happen.
|Heroes, no question ! nm||davidl|
Sep 12, 2001 7:10 PM
|I wonder if they just rendered hijacking obsolete?||Humma Hah|
Sep 12, 2001 9:07 PM
|This thought occurred to me today, just after I heard that report. Had the passengers on the other 3 planes known what the terrorists intended, surely they would also have taken action, possibly saving most of themselves, and probably around 7000 others. But nobody had ever done this unspeakable act before, and they probably thought they were hostages.
This possibility was explored in stories and movies long ago, but had never been done. Now that it has, any plane taken over in this way will be filled with passengers fearing that they're not hostages, but dead weight to be thrown against a target. Perhaps these are the last hijackings to succeed.
|Washington Post story||nuke|
Sep 13, 2001 5:22 AM
|I was emailed this story...I didn't check it against the Post...but I'm assuming it is their story.
By Charles Lane
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 12, 2001; 3:42 PM
As United Airlines Flight 93 entered its last desperate moments aloft, there was terror and violence on board – but also heroism.
Minutes before the giant airliner smashed into a field southeast of Pittsburgh, passenger Jeremy Glick used a cell phone to call his wife at home in New Jersey and told her that he and several other people on board had come up with a plan to resist the terrorists who had hijacked the plane, according to Glick's brother-in-law, Douglas B. Hurwitt.
"They were going to stop whoever it was from doing whatever it was they'd planned," Hurwitt said. "He knew that stopping them was going to end all of their lives. But that was my brother-in-law. He was a take-charge guy."
Anticipating his own death, Glick, who celebrated his 31st birthday on Sept. 3, told his wife, Lyzbeth, that he hoped she would have a good life and would take care of their 3-month old baby girl, Hurwitt said.
Glick explained to his wife that the plane had been taken over by three Middle Eastern men wearing red headbands. The terrorists, wielding knives and brandishing a red box they claimed contained a bomb, ordered the passengers, pilots and flight attendants toward the rear of the plane, then took over the cockpit.
The story of Glick's words adds to the account of passenger resistance already given by another passenger's mother on NBC's "Today" show this morning. Alice Hoglan of California says her son, Mark Bingham, also spoke of a plan to tackle the hijackers in a last-minute cell phone call to her.
Flight 93 was the only one of four hijacked planes that did not smash into a major target on the ground, and some officials are already saying that the actions of people on board may have prevented an even greater tragedy.
Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha, the ranking Democrat on the Congressional Defense Appropriations Committee, said at the crash site that he believes a struggle took place in the plane's cockpit and that the plane was headed for a significant target in Washington, D.C.
"There had to have been a struggle and someone heroically kept the plane from heading to Washington," he said.