United Flight 93

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New 9/11 Memorial Includes Last Calls Victims Made

Flight 93 visitors center opens to the public

(Newser) - Today marks the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and there is a moving new memorial center for those who died on United Airlines Flight 93 . The long-awaited visitors center at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pa., opened to the public yesterday with a dedication ceremony where Gov.... More »

Fire Breaks Out at Flight 93 Memorial Complex

3 buildings burned, but memorial itself is OK

(Newser) - A fire that broke out this afternoon at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania has seriously damaged three administrative buildings at the site, but not the memorial itself, reports AP . The cause isn't known, and no injuries have been reported. At least seven local fire departments were at... More »

Ex-FBI Employee: I Saw Angels at Flight 93 Site

Lillie Leonardi has written a book about her visions

(Newser) - Lillie Leonardi arrived on the scene of the United Airlines Flight 93 crash about three hours after it occurred on Sept. 11. The former FBI employee remembers smelling burning pine and jet fuel, taking in the debris-filled crater, and seeing ... angels? Apparently. Leonardi shares her visions in a new book... More »

Widow of 9/11 Pilot Dies

Sandy Dahl ran a scholarship fund in husband Jason's name

(Newser) - The widow of one of the 9/11 pilots who herself became a public figure as she ran a scholarship foundation in her husband's name has died of natural causes at age 52, reports the Denver Post . Sandy Dahl died in her sleep but had been in good health, say... More »

Flight 93 Families Bury Remains

500 family members attend private ceremony

(Newser) - An honor guard played taps. American flags lay on caskets. Mourners put flowers on the casket lids. Nearly 500 family members attended the burial today of the remains of victims of Flight 93, at the new Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Penn. A Catholic priest, a Lutheran minister, a... More »

At Flight 93 Memorial, Courage Praised

Obamas pay respects in Shanksville

(Newser) - President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, placed a wreath at the Flight 93 National Memorial today, arriving at the site to pay respects to the 40 passengers and crew who died a decade ago. The Obamas visited the Wall of Names. Each of the 40 marble slabs is inscribed... More »

US Pilots Tried Kamikaze Attack on United 93

Then-rookie tells story of how she almost gave her life on 9/11

(Newser) - Heather “Lucky” Penney was a rookie who’d just finished F-16 training on September 11, 2001, but when the attacks hit, she was one of two pilots who took to the air to defend Washington from United 93. There was just one problem: They didn’t have any ammo... More »

Flight 93 Crash Video Surfaces

'Probably a terrorist bomb,' narrates videographer Dave Berkebile

(Newser) - A massive cloud of smoke is all that remains in the sky of United Flight 93 in a video shot by a Pennsylvania resident seconds after the plane crashed on 9/11. The film has finally been released publicly 10 years after the 42 people on board went down in a... More »

Around Flight 93 Memorial, a Tourist Wasteland

Services in short supply ahead of new memorial's opening

(Newser) - Residents near where Flight 93 crashed in southwestern Pennsylvania once feared that souvenir hawkers and fast-food entrepreneurs would try to cash in on the 9/11 memorial. The opposite has been the case, the Wall Street Journal finds. The memorial, which opens next month, is expected to draw nearly a quarter... More »

United Apologizes for Reusing 9/11 Flight Numbers

United Airlines flight numbers 93 and 175 will no longer be recycled

(Newser) - United Airlines is apologizing after briefly restarting use of flight numbers of two of the doomed planes hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001. Flight numbers 93 and 175 have been removed from the airline's computer system after a United flight attendants' union objected to the reuse. The flight numbers probably... More »

Angry Kin: 9/11 Memorial in Pennsylvania 'Looks Muslim'

Dirt carvings highlight 'huge crescent pointing to Mecca,' critics charge

(Newser) - The latest Muslim brouhaha to erupt in the US involves an earthen memorial to 9/11 victims that "looks" Islamic, according to furious critics. The father of a passenger killed on Flight 93, which went down in Pennsylvania, is taking out an ad in a local newspaper blasting the planned... More »

Laura, Michelle to Attend 9/11 Event Together

First ladies to honor United Flight 93 Victims

(Newser) - Michelle Obama will join former first lady Laura Bush in ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of the United Flight 93 crash in Pennsylvania during the Sept. 11 attacks. Bush had previously confirmed her participation, saying we "must never forget the brave sacrifice of these extraordinary men and women." More »

Colo. Senator Compares Obama to 9/11 Hijackers

Schultheis denies reference to United 93

(Newser) - A Colorado state senator is at the eye of a storm of criticism for a tweet that critics say likened President Obama to the 9/11 hijackers—and urged violent action. “Don't for a second think Obama wants what is best for US,” David Schultheis tweeted. “He is... More »

Powell Praises 'Gallant Heroes' of United Flight 93

(Newser) - Colin Powell today honored the "gallant heroes" of United Flight 93 who fought back against their hijackers 8 years ago today. At a ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., where the plane went down, he likened them to the "citizen soldiers" who have fought for the US since its inception.... More »

NYC Observes Moment of Silence

(Newser) - New Yorkers observed a moment of silence this morning to mark the minute the first jet hit the World Trade Center eight years ago. Three more were planned to mark the second strike and the moments each tower collapsed. Similar ceremonies will take place at the Pentagon and crash site... More »

Flight 93 Families Want 'Sacred Ground' Seized

Groups battle landowner for control of Pa. crash site

(Newser) - Families seeking a permanent memorial for Flight 93 victims are asking President Bush to seize the land where the hijacked plane went down on Sept. 11, the Washington Post reports. An advocacy group initially tried to buy the land, but ran into conflict with the owner. "What was left... More »

Cross Honors Heroes of Flight 93

Two-ton memorial forged from World Trade Center steel

(Newser) - A 14-foot-high cross forged from World Trade Center steel was dedicated yesterday in a moving ceremony near the spot where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a Pennsylvania field. The 2-ton memorial was erected next to the Shanksville firehouse on a base shaped like the Pentagon. Flight 93 went down... More »

Tapes May Play at First 9/11 Damages Trial

Lawyer calls them the best evidence for blaming United Airlines

(Newser) - The dramatic last minutes recorded on Flight 93 may be heard at a wrongful death case filed by a victim’s wife, Reuters reports. In the first 9/11 damages case to reach trial, the black box recordings would play sounds of passengers breaking into the cockpit and retaking the airplane... More »

In Pa. Field, 9/11 Memorial Takes Shape

Critics see crescent of Islam, but Flight 93 project goes forward

(Newser) - New York isn't the only city with a stalled, controversial 9/11 memorial. In Shanksville, Pa., site of the crash of Flight 93, the new memorial park's architect has proposed an arc of red maple trees around the crater formed by the plane. But, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, some conservative columnists... More »

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