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John Doe II Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-04 05:20 PM
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7. Thomas Burnett: The first phone call
Tom Burnett:

The very first phone call from Flight 93 is from Thomas Burnett.
At 9:27 he phoned his wife Deena. He tells her:

The plane has been hijacked. They already knifed a guy. One of them has a gun. They're saying there is a bomb onboard.

(Among the Heroes, p. 150)

According to the Commission Report at exactly the same time as Burnett phoned his wife happened the last last normal contact of Flight 93 with the FAA. (p. 28)
Only one minute before had the pilot Jason Dahl confirmed the warning of cockpit intrusion:
Ed, confirm latest mssg plz Jason. (p. 11)

Is it possible that the hijackers knifed a guy (why?), were telling the passengers that they had a bomb BEFORE trying to storm the cockpit?
Shouldn't this have been their first aim?
The only possible victim could have been Mark Rothenberg (5B)
But three of the hijackers were seated in front of him. Why did they first attack him before attacking the cockpit?

This is rather strange. But let's just imagine for a moment that the hijackers for whatever reason behaved like this.

Is it possible that the crew in the cockpit didn't hear the screams of this killing? The reaction of the other passengers etc? (On the Cockpit Voice Recorders the voices of the attacking passengers at the end of the flight are clearly audible to the extent that it can be understood what was said and cried.) In the combination with the warning of a cockpit intrusion the pilots would certainly have noticed any unusual sounds from the passengers.
Is it possible that the flight attendant working in the coach section (as the killing occured in first class) didn't phone the cockpit and mention the word trip (a code to indicate a hijacking the flight attendants were trained to use)? (Among the Heroes, p. 9)


How can it be explained?

Did the hijacking perhaps start before 9:27 already?
After 911 it was reported that the FAA informed NORAD at 9: 16 (!) that Flight 93 may have been hijacked. http://archives.cnn.com/2001/US/09/16/inv.hijack.warnin... /
Unfortunately the Commission Report doesn't consider it worth an explanation that according to them the hijacking only started at 9:27.

If the hijacking really started at 9:27 there are many questions open as seen above.
If the hijacking really happened at 9:16 then how did the hijackers not only managed to answer the cockpit intrusion correctly, also using the usual abbrevations but also to know the first name of the controller and the pilot?

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