United Airlines Flight 93 departed Newark International Airport near New York for the 5+ hour flight to San Francisco, California at 8:01am local time. On board the aircraft were 37 passengers (including four hijackers), five flight attendants, and the two pilots. Unlike the other aircraft hijacked this day, UAL93 proceeded normally on course for over an hour, being hijacked at approximately 9:35am somewhere near Cleveland, Ohio while cruising at 35,000 feet. The aircraft's course was presumably changed to proceed to Washington, D.C. Investigators believe that the aircraft had a target of either the White House or the Capitol Building. It never made it that far. During the initial takeover, two flight attendants were reportedly killed near the front of the aircraft, while the remaining persons aboard the plane were herded toward the rear portion of the passenger cabin. Throughout the ordeal, these passengers and crewmembers were permitted to use cellular phones as well as the onboard AirFone system to contact loved ones. As word spread of the three other hijackings, and their end result, a group of passengers aboard UAL93 began to develop a plan to regain control of the aircraft from the four hijackers. A GTE AirFone operator, speaking with one of the passengers on board, reported that the passenger had told her that the passengers had voted on whether to obey the hijackers, or challenge them, and that the vote had been to attempt to regain control of the plane.
The AirFone operator then heard one of the passengers say "Let's roll," and the phone dropped to the floor. Staying on the line, she would later recall hearing sounds of loud commotion, yells and screams for the next several minutes, followed by the line going dead. United Flight 93 had crashed into a field in south-western Pennsylvania.
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