United Airlines Flight 93 was a domestic scheduled passenger flight that was hijacked by four Al-Qaeda terrorists on board, as part of the September 11 attacks. It crashed into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, during an attempt by the passengers, all 44 people aboard were killed, including the four hijackers, but no one on the ground was injured. The hijackers stormed the aircrafts cockpit approximately 46 minutes after takeoff. C, although the specific target is not known, it is believed that the hijackers intended to crash the plane into the White House or the Capitol Building. Many of the passengers then attempted to control of the aircraft from the hijackers. C. A few people witnessed the impact from the ground, and news agencies began reporting the event within an hour, a temporary memorial was built near the crash site soon after the attacks. The hijacking of Flight 93 was led by Ziad Jarrah, a member of al-Qaeda, Jarrah was born in Lebanon to a wealthy family and had a secular upbringing. He intended to become a pilot and moved to Germany in 1996, a year later, he moved to Hamburg and began studying aeronautical engineering at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. While living in Hamburg, Jarrah became a devout Muslim and associated with the radical Hamburg cell, in November 1999, Jarrah left Hamburg for Afghanistan, where he spent three months. While there, he met with al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in January 2000, Jarrah returned to Hamburg at the end of January and in February obtained a new passport containing no stamped records of his travels by reporting his passport as stolen. In May, Jarrah received a visa from the U. S. Embassy in Berlin, there, he began taking flying lessons as well as training in hand-to-hand combat. Jarrah maintained contact with his girlfriend in Germany and with his family in Lebanon in the preceding the attacks. This close contact upset Mohamed Atta, the leader of the plot. Four muscle hijackers were trained to storm the cockpit and overpower the crew, the first, Ahmed al-Nami, arrived in Miami, Florida, on May 28,2001, on a six-month tourist visa with United Airlines Flight 175 hijackers Hamza al-Ghamdi and Mohand al-Shehri. The second Flight 93 hijacker, Ahmed al-Haznawi, arrived in Miami on June 8 with Flight 11 hijacker Wail al-Shehri, the third Flight 93 muscle hijacker, Saeed al-Ghamdi, arrived in Orlando, Florida, on June 27 with Flight 175 hijacker Fayez Banihammad. On August 3,2001, an intended fifth hijacker, Mohammed al-Qahtani and he was sent back to Dubai, and subsequently returned to Saudi Arabia. Ziad Jarrah and Saeed al-Ghamdis passports were recovered from the Flight 93 crash site, jarrahs family asserted that he had been an innocent passenger on board the flight. The aircraft involved in the hijacking was a Boeing 757–222, registration N591UA, the seven crew members were Captain Jason Dahl, First Officer LeRoy Homer Jr. and flight attendants Lorraine Bay, Sandra Bradshaw, Wanda Green, CeeCee Lyles and Deborah Welsh. The four hijackers checked in for the flight between 07,03 and 07,39 Eastern Time, at 07,03, Ghamdi checked in without any luggage while Nami checked in two bags
Image: A439, Flight 93 National Memorial, Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania, USA, memorial sign, flight path
An American flag now flies over Gate 17 of Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport, departure gate of United 93.
N591UA taxiing on September 8, 2001, three days before it was hijacked