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John Doe II Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-30-04 02:59 PM
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15. Todd Beamer: Let's Roll!
Also Todd Beamer's phone call arises questions.
At 9:45 he took the airfone and pressed the "0" button and was connected to the GTE Verizon operator. The operator who took the call passed it to customer service supervisor Lisa D. Jefferson.

He identified himself. Then the following information are said during the call:

Three people had hijacked.

Two with knifes went into the cockpit.

Third person stood in first class with what appeared to be a bomb.

He ordered everyone to sit down then separated first and coach section with a


10 passengers in first, 27 in coach and 5 flight attendants.

Two people lying on the floor.

After receiving info from flight attendant he states that its captain and co-pilot.

He asks Jefferson if the hijackers want money.

Were going down!

He asks Jefferson to recite the Lords prayer, then he began reciting the 23^rd psalm.

She tells him that shes called Lisa like his wife.

He tells her about her family and prays her to let know his family how much he loved them.

(Longman inserts paragraphs about Beamers life)

He tells Jefferson that he and a few passengers were going to jump the hijackers.

What does she think about it.

Talking about their families again.

He said he didnt want to call his wife because he didnt want to upset her.

In the background awful commotion (apparently 9: 57 my comment)

Lets roll

This is most likely the best-documented phone call from UA 93 and there are several interviews by Lisa Jefferson.

Here my question:
Beamer had no clue about the attacks in New York (although sitting one row before Glick) and asked Jefferson if the hijackers wanted money. Therefore his decision to jump the hijackers can only have occured after 9:45 and therefore only during his phone call.
But exactly this moment of decision and discussing with other passengers is missing (and somehow Longman inserts a biography of Beamer exactly at this point).
Moreover the discussion of an exact plan is missing. If you're going to attack the hijackers wouldn't you want to discuss a sort of tactics with other passengers beforehand. But Beamer hears the attack starting from first class (he's strangely not surprised) and without any preparartion declares "Let's Roll". So, this very famous story, that might look coherent at the first glance raises serious questions.
I've looked at other accunts. Nothing about the moment of decisionmaking which Jefferson clearly must have witnessed nor of any discussion of their tactics.
Did anybody find any article that can fill this gap? Or does anybody has an idea how to explain it?
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