The following table lists the names of the passengers on Flight 77, according to the documents we’ve obtained. Notable issues:
1. There are a surprising five Flight 175 names included on september11victims.com that aren’t included on our document: Marianne MacFarlane, Jesus Sanchez, Mary Kathleen Shearer, Robert Michael Shearer, and the Rev. Francis E Grogan.
Why? We can’t say for sure (although note that previous experiences suggest manifests may not always be accurate), but there is a possible connection between them: United Airlines.
MacFarlane and Sanchez worked for the company:
Also on UA #175:
Customer Service Representatives:
The Shearers had a daughter with “connections” to United:
According to the neighbors, they have two daughters: one who lives in the
Seacoast and another who lives out West and has family connections to United Airlines.
And the Reverend Grogan was only on Flight 175 because of a United Airlines worker:
Grogan, a native of Pittsfield, Mass., was headed to California to meet his sister for a vacation. He had been a standby passenger on a Delta flight, said his friend and co-worker Father Tom Tobin. But a friend, who worked at United Airlines, gave Grogan a first-class ticket on Flight 175.
It’s conceivable, then, that MacFarlane and Sanchez travelled on something other than an ordinary ticket, perhaps booked internally though UA, instead. The Reverend also received a ticket in an unusual way, perhaps via the same system. And although this is the biggest stretch, it’s at least possible that the Shearers may have had tickets provided via their “family connection” to UA. Could this explain why these people might not appear on this particular list? (We’ve no idea, it’s just a guess, but in the absence of any other obvious connection it seems a reasonable place to start). This would make them less than a full manifest, but then we know that’s the case anyway (it’s hard to believe a complete manifest wouldn’t have all the passengers full first names, for instance).
Of course that might lead to the question, why did United send this document to the FBI if it wasn’t complete? We don’t know the answer to that, either, except that there’s no way of telling what other documents they may have provided.
We’re ill-equipped to answer this, as we have no idea which systems were used to produce the documents we’ve obtained, and what they might (or might not) include. Presumably there are plenty of airline ground staff who could help clear this up, though. Are you one of them? Then let us know what you think.
The missing passengers, and any with other issues of interest, have been highlighted with a light blue background. Suspected hijackers are highlighted in bold. You may also click on the name of any passenger to be taken to a page with further details about them (www.september11victims.com for the victims, FBI page for the suspected hijackers).