Pittsburgh Control Tower Evacuated
Over 15 Minutes Before 9/11 Crash
I received an email recently alerting me to a most intriguing article written in Pittsburgh's main newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, on Sept. 23, 2001. The article (with pertinent sections copied below) states clearly that the Pittsburgh International Airport control tower was ordered to be evacuated at 9:49 on 9/11, more than 15 minutes before United flight 93 crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside. What possibly could have been the reasoning for evacuating the control tower when an air crisis was going on?!!! This is the control tower that could have told us definitively what happened to flight 93. Could this have been a way to keep the air traffic controllers from seeing that flight 93 was pursued by US military craft and shot down? There is considerable evidence to support this theory (see below).
Local officials rethink recently made plans to deal
Sunday, September 23, 2001
By Jan Ackerman, Post-Gazette Staff Writer
(Excerpted from full article)
It is clear from 911 tapes that local officials had less than 15 minutes' warning that the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 was in Pittsburgh airspace before the plane crashed at 10:06 a.m. in Somerset County, killing all 44 people aboard.
Full learned about the errant plane at 9:53 a.m. That's when he got a call alerting him that the control tower at Pittsburgh International Airport had been evacuated. Thirteen minutes earlier, he had talked to an airport official who had no indication of any threat.
Between those two conversations, the Pittsburgh
tower had received a call from the Cleveland air traffic control tower,
saying a plane was heading toward Pittsburgh and refusing to communicate with
controllers. The FAA ordered the Pittsburgh control tower evacuated at
Here are some other interesting facts on flight 93 from our 60-page timeline at www.WantToKnow.info/9-11timeline60pg.
9:58 A.M. A man calls 911 from a bathroom on Flight 93, crying, "We're being hijacked, we're being hijacked!" [Toronto Sun, 9/16/01], then reports that "he heard some sort of explosion and saw white smoke coming from the plane and we lost contact with him." [ABC News, 9/11/01, AP, 9/12/01] One minute after the call began, the line goes dead. [Pittsburgh Channel, 12/6/01] The mentions of smoke and explosions of the recording of his call are now denied. [The book Among the Heroes, 8/02, p. 264] The person who took Felt's call is not allowed to speak to the media. [Mirror, 9/13/02] If that's true, why is this important fact only denied now, when the FBI got a copy of the recording on 9/11, and let the media report the smoke and explosion story for months?
(Between 10:00-10:06 A.M.) During this time, there apparently are no calls from Flight 93. The only exception is Richard Makely, who was listening to the Jeremy Glick open phone line after Glick went to attack the hijackers. A reporter summarizes Makely explaining that, "The silence lasted two minutes, then there was screaming. More silence, followed by more screams. Finally, there was a mechanical sound, followed by nothing." [San Francisco Chronicle, 9/17/01] Near the end of the cockpit voice recording, loud wind sounds can be heard. [CNN, 4/19/02, The book Among the Heroes, 8/02, p. 270-271]
(Before 10:06 A.M.) CBS television reports at some point before the crash that two F-16 fighters are tailing Flight 93. [Independent, 8/13/02] Shortly after 9/11, a flight controller in New Hampshire ignores a ban on controllers speaking to the media, and it is reported he claims "that an F-16 fighter closely pursued Flight 93... the F-16 made 360-degree turns to remain close to the commercial jet." "He must've seen the whole thing," the employee said of the F-16 pilot's view of Flight 93's crash. [AP, 9/13/01, Nashua Telegraph, 9/13/01]
10:10 AM: Flight 93 crashes in Pennsylvania. [42
minutes after contact was lost][CNN, 9/12/02]
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