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United Apologizes for Reusing 9/11 Flight Numbers

United Airlines flight numbers 93 and 175 will no longer be recycled
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 18, 2011 1:19 PM CDT
Updated May 18, 2011 5:16 PM CDT
United Airlines Apologizes for Reusing 9/11 Flight Numbers 93, 175
In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, the south tower begins to collapse as smoke billows from both towers of the World Trade Center, in New York.   (AP Photo/Jim Collins, File)

(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 went back into use just in the past few days, and a spokesman blames a technical error. United Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pa., and Flight 175 hit the south tower of the World Trade Center. (Read more United Airlines stories.)

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