PASSENGERS REGAINED CONTROL OF FLIGHT 93 - A PILOT WAS AT THE CONTROLS AND TURNED THE TRANSPONDER BACK ON
September 11, 2001
Transcript within the FAA Command Center, between the National Traffic Management Officer, East Position ("ntmo-e") and Doug Davis of the Operations Center ("doug"). Relevant parts have been highlighted.
ntmo-e: united 93
ntmo-e: was waving his wings as he went past the v f r aircraft they don't quite know what that means rocking his wings
1405 (10:05 a.m.)
ntmo-e: ok united ninety three we're now receiving a transponder on and he is at eighty two hundred feet
doug: now transponder and he's eighty two-hundred
ntmo-e: southeastbound still
doug: eighty two hundred feet and now getting a transponder on him
doug: ok buddy
ntmo-e: ok we've lost radar contact with united ninety three
doug: all right
ntmo-e: sixteen south of Johnstown where they lost united ninety three and it was heading turning one four zero heading
doug: which will put him to what do you think
ntmo-e: uh I guess that put him down coming right just west of Dulles
ntmo-e: if he stays on that heading of course
doug: how we doing John with getting stuff on the ground
ntmo-e: uuhh we're the're not the're still going to their original destinations if you look at TSD you'll see that the eastern part of the unites states is thinning out
ntmo-e: uh you know airports like dulles uh new york there we have no aircraft going into there
ntmo-e: ok uh there is now on the on united ninety three
ntmo-e: there is now a report of black smoke in the last position I gave you fifteen miles of Johnstown
doug: from the airplane or from the ground
ntmo-e: uhh they're speculating it's from the aircraft
doug: ok bud
ntmo-e: uhh who hit the ground that's what they're speculation it's speculation only
doug: hey john
doug: do we have anything on delta nineteen eighty nine is she still heading to cleveland?
ntmo-e: delta nineteen eighty nine was returning to Cleveland and they were no longer treating it like a hijacked aircraft
ntmo-e: I don't know if he's landed ok; the last
position of united I'm going to give some coordinates united ninety three
ntmo-e: three nine five one north zero seven eight four six west
doug: zero seven eight four six
doug: all right
ntmo-e: you got the thirty nine fifty one north
doug: ya thirty nine fifty one north zereo seven eighty four six west
ntmo-e: that's the last known position of united ninety three
United 93 switched on the transponder at 10:05 (two minutes after its "official story" crash), and the transponder indicated an altitude of 8200 ft. It is heading southeast.
One minute later, at 10:06, radar contact with United
93 is lost, at the position 39,51 north, 78,46 west. This point is about
13 miles southeast of the crash site.
|HIJACKED AT:||TIME CRASHED:||COMMENTS:|
|WTC 1||American # 11||7:45 AM Attack # 1||7:59 AM FIRST||14 minutes||8:20AM +/-||8:45 AM Attack # 1|
|WTC 2||United #175||7:58 AM Attack # 2||8:14 AM SECOND||16 minutes||8:42AM +/-||9:03 AM Attack # 2||Target hit 18 minutes after first attack|
|PENTAGON||American # 77||8:10 AM Attack # 4||8:20 AM THIRD||10 minutes||9:12AM +/-||9:37 AM Attack # 3||Target hit 34 minutes after second attack|
|WTC 7||United # 93||8:01 AM Attack # 3||8:42 AM FOURTH||41 minutes||9:29AM +/-||
Transponder was turned back on at 10:05AM when UA93 was at altitude 8200', approx. thirteen miles southeast of the eventual crash site.
Flight was too far out to reach WTC 7 in a timely manner without raising further suspicions. United 93 was remotely rerouted over a sparsely populated area.
The plane was fired upon.
At a speed of 580 mph, from a height of 8200 ft, 13 miles out, this aircraft could have hit the ground in less than ten seconds. Like KAL 007, however, UA93 also managed to stay aloft for a short period of time (approx. one minute) after it was struck.
Radar contact was lost at 10:06AM.