September 13, 2001
box' from Pennsylvania crash found
September 13, 2001
SHANKSVILLE, Pennsylvania (CNN)
-- Searchers Thursday
found one of the so-called black boxes
from United Airlines Flight 93, the
hijacked airliner that crashed Tuesday in
The flight data recorder was found in
the crater the plane created when it
slammed into the ground Tuesday morning,
according to FBI spokesman Bill
"We are hoping that it will have some
information that is pertinent to what
occurred in the plane prior to its
crashing," Crowley said.
The recorder is being sent to the
National Transportation Safety Board in
Washington for analysis, Crowley said.
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They are still searching for the voice
investigators say they've found debris
from the crash at least eight miles
away from the crash site. A second
debris field was around Indian Lake
about 3 miles from the crash scene.
Some debris was in the lake and some
was adjacent to the lake. More debris
from the plane was found in New
Baltimore, some 8 miles away from the
State police and the FBI initially said
they didn't want to speculate whether the
debris was from the crash, or if the plane
could have broken up in midair.
Investigators later said the debris was
all very light material, such as paper and
thin nylon the wind would easily blow. The
wind was blowing towards Indian Lake and
New Baltimore at 9 knots. "According to
the NTSB, it is not only possible that the
debris is from the crash, it is probable,"
The Boeing 757, which was bound for San
Francisco from Newark, was among four
planes hijacked Tuesday in the worst
terror attack in U.S. history. It crashed
in Shanksville in Somerset County, 80
miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Officials said an engine part has been
recovered. Much of the debris is tiny.
Also Thursday, the National
Transportation Safety Board confirmed that
the flight had been headed east. The
plane, which took off from Newark bound
for San Francisco, was diverted somewhere
Information from a telephone call made
by a passenger indicated that passengers
on Flight 93 tried to wrest control from
the hijackers, which may have caused the
plane to crash before it reached whatever
target the hijackers were aiming for. All
45 people aboard were killed.
Officials have speculated the hijackers
may have been planning to ram the plane
into the Capitol, the White House or Camp
David. The other planes crashed into the
World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
As the recovery process at the crash
scene in western Pennsylvania continues,
emergency workers are painstakingly
looking for human remains, airplane parts
and personal effects.
FBI officials leading the investigation
say it could take weeks to recover
everything from the site. Forensic
anthropologists and hazardous material
inspectors are among those at the
Families of the victims are expected to
arrive in the area Thursday. United
Airlines is hosting them at a nearby
Cabell contributed to this report
© 2001 Cable
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