United Airlines Flight 93 crash witnesses

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According to a report from The Associated Press, a man who said he was a passenger on the plane called from his cell phone to an emergency dispatcher at 9:58 a.m. and said, We're being hijacked, we're being hijacked. The man said he was locked in the restroom, according to the account provided to The Associated Press by Glenn Cramer, the dispatch supervisor in nearby Westmoreland County.

Also, Mr. Cramer said, the man said the plane was going down and added that he heard an explosion and saw white smoke coming from the plane, before contact was lost. http://select.nytimes.com/search/restricted/article?res=F30611F8395C0C718DDDA00894D9404482


A witness, Paula Pluta, who lives about a mile from the crash scene, said she had been watching Little House on the Prairie in her living room at 10:15 when she heard a loud rumbling sound that left her house vibrating. She said she went to her porch and saw the plane dip sharply at a 60 degree or 70 degree angle as it flew southward and fall to the earth behind a line of trees in this area of cornfields and rolling hills. A fireball ballooned as high as 100 feet above the tree line, she said.

Mrs. Pluta said she did not see any smoke or fire coming from the plane before it crashed.

I heard this roar, and I knew something was not right, she said. It was screeching, like you knew it was going to crash.

Mrs. Pluta said she called 911 and rushed to the crash site, arriving five minutes later, preceded only by a local fire company. She did not see any smoke or fire, she said, only bits of metal, some no larger than the small American flag she keeps in a potted plant on her porch.

If I hadn't known it was a plane, she said, I would have thought dynamite went off. http://select.nytimes.com/search/restricted/article?res=F30611F8395C0C718DDDA00894D9404482


Another witness, Terry Butler, was working at a salvage yard about a half mile from the eventual crash site when he said he saw a jetliner flying just above the treetops. Mr. Butler said he knew something was odd because of the plane's low altitude and the fact that he had just heard on television that all flights nationwide had been grounded.

It was entirely too low, entirely too fast, Mr. Butler said.

He said he watched for about 10 seconds as the plane seemed to try to gain altitude before making a sharp right turn and nose-diving into the open field.

A jet like that doesn't fly that low, he said. http://select.nytimes.com/search/restricted/article?res=F30611F8395C0C718DDDA00894D9404482