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Father of Flight 93 victim speaks to Norwalk crowd

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Sep 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM

A decade ago, a group of 40 brave airline passengers resisted terrorists who planned to take the aircraft to Washington, D.C.

Todd Beamer uttered the rally cry “Let’s roll!” before they made their move aboard United Airlines Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. This morning, Beamer’s father David spoke at the St. Paul Convocation Center in Norwalk.

To see photos of the event, click HERE.

After the hijackers had taken control of the plane at 9:28 a.m. Sept. 11, 2001, several passengers and flight attendants were able to make telephone calls and learn that attacks had been made on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Virginia. As a result, some of the passengers decided to mount an attempt to regain control of the aircraft.

"Are you guys ready? Okay. Let's roll!" Todd Beamer's last words heard by operator Lisa Jefferson at 9:55 a.m., just before the passengers' revolt began.

During the attempt, however, the plane crashed at 10:03 a.m. into a field in Stonycreek Township, near Shanksville in Somerset County, Pa, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and 150 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. All on board, including the four hijackers, were killed. Many witnessed the impact from the ground and news agencies began reporting the event within an hour.

Subsequent analysis of the flight recorders recovered from the crash site revealed how the actions taken by the passengers prevented the aircraft from reaching the hijackers' intended target. Of the four aircraft hijacked on Sept. 11 – the others were American Airlines Flight 11, American Airlines Flight 77 and United Airlines Flight 175 – United Airlines Flight 93 was the only one that failed to reach its hijackers' intended target.

Look for the full story in Friday’s Reflector.

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