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Woody Box Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-19-09 05:07 PM
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The impossible GTE phone call of Peter Hanson (Flight 175)
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Peter Hanson was a passenger on Flight 175. Just three minutes before the South Tower crash, he called his father:

At 9:00, Lee Hanson received a second call from his son Peter:

"It's getting bad, Dad -- A stewardess was stabbed -- They seem to have knives and Mace -- They said they have a bomb -- It's getting very bad on the plane -- Passengers are throwing up and getting sick -- The plane is making jerky movements -- I don't think the pilot is flying the plane -- I think we are going down -- I think they intend to go to Chicago or someplace and fly into a building -- Don't worry, Dad -- If it happens, it'll be very fast -- My God, my God."

The call ended abruptly. Lee Hanson had heard a woman scream just before it cut off. He turned on a television, and in her home so did Louise Sweeney. Both then saw the second aircraft hit the World Trade Center.

At 9:03:11, United Airlines Flight 175 struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center. All on board, along with an unknown number of people in the tower, were killed instantly.

The strange circumstances of this call have already been noticed by others: Hanson doesn't mention the steep dive the plane is making (5000 ft/minute); he doesn't recognize the New York skyline and still thinks the plane is westbound toward Chicago; etc, etc.

I'm not going to talk about these odditites. But there's a little additional problem: the call was made from an inbuilt GTE "airfone", and the time data are precise to the second:

30CDE 9:00:03 Peter Hanson Lee Hanson (father) 192 sec

(kudos to Kevin Fenton for providing this material)

Okay. Let's do a little computing.

9:00:03 - begin of recorded phone call
9:03:15 - end of recorded phone call

The plane crashed into the South Tower at 9:03:11, 4 seconds before the call was finished.

Am I the only one who sees a problem here?

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