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'Hijackers' denting FBI credibility The Saudi media is continuing the investigative reporting into the backgrounds of the alleged hijackers on the FBI’s list. As more of the “hijackers” are found alive this is having an effect on the FBI’s credibility. Western media outlets such as American Broadcasting ‘Corp. in the United States have begun picking up the local reports and are asking the FBI for comment.
There are many individuals in the Kingdom with the name Ahmed Alnami. Al-Watan newspaper has found one Ahmed Abdallah Alnami who is currently missing. According to his father, who was speaking from Asir, Alnami went to perform Umrah one year and 3 months ago and disappeared. The 23-year-old was single and had become very religious in the period before his disappearance. His family received a telephone call from him 4 months back from an undisclosed location. At that time they asked him to come back and complete his studies at the Shariah College of King Khaled University in Abha, but he never returned. A close associate of the family is hoping that his name being on the list is a confusion of some type. They wish the young man would call to say he’s alive.
There definitely is a serious confusion in regards to information on alleged hijacker Waleed M. Alshehri. Yesterday Arab News reported the details of a Waleed M. Alshehri reported missing from the Al Baha region. Now details are emerging of another Waleed M. Alshehri who according to his father is alive, well and flying his normal schedule for Saudi Arabian Airlines. - the father of an Egyptian man believed to have been at the controls of the first plane to hit the World Trade Center said yesterday that his son was no killer. "My son is innocent," Muhammad Al-Amir Atta, 65, told reporters at his home in the Cairo suburb of Giza (Arab News)
Pentagon Attack Hits Navy Hard American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757 loaded with enough fuel for a transcontinental journey, cleared the crest of a small ridge in Arlington, Va., by a few hundred feet with its engines wailing (Aviation Week)
"Tomorrow always belongs to us" "Then I looked up to my left and saw an American Airlines jet flying right at me. The jet roared over my head, clearing my car by about 25 feet. The tail of the plane clipped the overhanging exit sign above me as it headed straight at the Pentagon." (USA Today)
After the Attacks: Communications; New Perspective on the Issue Of Cell Phone Use in Planes The debate over the use of wireless phones on commercial airline flights may intensify in light of news this week that passengers aboard the hijacked airliners that crashed in Pennsylvania and Washington called loved ones from the air shortly before they died.
As many airline commuters are well aware, federal law prohibits the use of wireless communications devices once a commercial airplane leaves its gate. Those rules, created out of concern that communications in the air and on ground-based networks could be disrupted, were initially adopted in the mid-1980's, after the first commercial cellular telephones were made available.
When they can get away with it, passengers often disregard those rules -- as did passengers on the hijacked jets, in response to an obvious emergency. And news of those desperate calls has left many people wondering how, and how well, cell phones work on airplanes in flight, and whether their use does interfere with other communications signals.
According to industry experts, it is possible to use cell phones with varying success during the ascent and descent of commercial airline flights, although the difficulty of maintaining a signal appears to increase as planes gain altitude. Some older phones, which have stronger transmitters and operate on analog networks, can be used at a maximum altitude of 10 miles, while phones on newer digital systems can work at altitudes of 5 to 6 miles. A typical airline cruising altitude would be 35,000 feet, or about 6.6 miles. (New York Times)
FBI Announces List of 19 Hijackers The following is a list of the nineteen (19) individuals who have been identified as hijackers aboard the four airliners that crashed on September 11, 2001, into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon, and Stony Creek Township, Pennsylvania. Information listed for each hijacker differs, but may include date of birth, address provided, or visa status. This is the extent of the information available at this time.
The FBI requests that anyone who may have information about these individuals-even though they are presumed to be dead- to immediately contact an FBI field office or call the toll-free hotline at 1-866-483-5137. (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
The Day the FAA Stopped the World "At 9:25, Garvey, in an historic and admirable step, and almost certainly after getting an okay from the White House, initiated a national ground stop, which forbids takeoffs and requires planes in the air to get down as soon as reasonable. The order, which has never been implemented since flying was invented in 1903, applied to virtually every single kind of machine that can takeoff, civilian, military, or law enforcement" (Time Magazine)
Echelon Gave Authorities Warning Of Attacks U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies received warning signals at least three months ago that Middle Eastern terrorists were planning to hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons to attack important symbols of American and Israeli culture (Biz Report)
A blur in the sky, then a firestorm -- "It dropped all of a sudden, like a stone,'' a witness says of United Airlines Flight 93. Kelly Leverknight was watching news of the attacks on New York and Washington when she heard the plane.
It sounded like it was flying low above her home in rural Pennsylvania, moving from west to east. It was an odd enough sound that she stepped outside to have a look.
"I heard the plane going over and I went out the front door and I saw the plane going down," said Leverknight, 36. "It was headed toward the school, which panicked me, because all three of my kids were there.
"Then you heard the explosion and felt the blast and saw the fire and smoke."
Leverknight and dozens of her neighbors raced to the Shanksville-Stonycreek School where they found their children safe. The plane, United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco, had plunged into a reclaimed coal mine surrounded by corn fields, leaving a 200-yard swath of debris with no individual pieces bigger than 2 feet across. (St Petersburg Times)
Cleveland Mayor Michael White's Retractions from 9/11/2001 about Delta Flight 1989 Delta Flight 1989 - with 69 passengers and a crew of nine - was grounded at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport yesterday. It had left Boston en route to Los Angeles. There had been rumors a bomb was on board, but none was found.
A plane diverted to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport yesterday morning was kept sitting on a runway for a couple hours and its passengers were interviewed by FBI agents. But suspicions that the plane had been hijacked or had a bomb on board turned out to be unfounded.
Delta Flight 1989 made an emergency landing at Hopkins about 10:45 a.m., nearly two hours after the World Trade Center towers were hit by two hijacked planes. (Clevland Plain Dealer)
New York City Ben Fountain said "How could they let this happen? They knew this building was a target. Over the past few weeks we'd been evacuated a number of times, which is unusual. I think they had an inkling something was going on." (People)
Special Report: The Day of the Attack "It was 50 ft. off the deck when he came in. It sounded like the pilot had the throttle completely floored. The plane rolled left and then rolled right. Then he caught an edge of his wing on the ground." (Time Magazine)
Crash in Somerset: "...debris field spread over an area size of a football field..." Eric Peterson of Lambertsville was working with a friend in his auto shop this morning. They heard a plane and looked up and saw a large aircraft close to the ground.
"I actually thought it was going to hit a house here in town," said Peterson. It blew out windows of a nearby farmhouse when it crashed.
As it went over started going end over end, Peterson said, and then dropped below a tree line and exploded. Peterson saw a flash and then a mushroom cloud of smoke.
The plane went down on a strip mine field. Peterson and his friend rushed to the field and looked for bodies, but couldn't find any. They called out, but heard nothing.
"There was a crater in the ground that was really burning. There were pieces of fuselage and clothing all over the area, burning, said Peterson. He said he didn't see any debris longer than a couple of feet long. (Pittsburg Post-Gazette)
Plane Lands In Cleveland; Bomb Feared Aboard A Boeing 767 out of Boston made an emergency landing Tuesday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport due to concerns that it may have a bomb aboard, said Mayor Michael R. White.
White said the plane had been moved to a secure area of the airport, and was evacuated.
United identified the plane as Flight 93. The airline did say how many people were aboard the flight.
United said it was also "deeply concerned" about another flight, Flight 175, a Boeing 767, which was bound from Boston to Los Angeles. (Cincinnati WCPO)
Statement from Penny Elgas Personal Experience At The Pentagon - "I remember recognizing it as an American Airlines plane -- I could see the windows and the color stripes. And I remember thinking that it was just like planes in which I had flown many times but at that point it never occurred to me that this might be a plane with passengers."
Ashcroft Flying High Cabinet Members Normally Fly Commercial Airlines - "There was a threat assessment and there are guidelines. He is acting under the guidelines," an FBI spokesman said. Neither the FBI nor the Justice Department, however, would identify what the threat was, when it was detected or who made it. (CBS, Associated Press)
Two Stations, One Tabloid, One Owner Federal regulators yesterday approved the News Corporation's acquisition of Chris-Craft Industries, paving the way for the company to gain unprecedented control over two of the main broadcast television stations in the New York market (New York Times)
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