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Thursday, August 14, 2003

United Flight 93

An AP reporter with too much free time dug into the 9/11 report and managed to get his story on the wires a few days ago:

Washington-AP -- It's been one of the great mysteries of nine-eleven: exactly what happened in the final minutes of United Flight 93?

The popular perception is that passengers stormed the cockpit and fought with the hijackers, causing the plane to crash into a Pennsylvania field.

But the government now believes the terrorists intentionally brought the plane down, after a passenger revolt.

Unable to see a huge difference between the popular perception of passengers storming the cockpit, and the reporter's "passenger revolt", I tuned out.

However, this columnist seems to think the AP was belittling the efforts of the passengers, and is prepared to open a can of whup-a**. I'll say this - if the AP did, I would, but I'm a skeptic.

Now, here is the right response, from some of the folks involved:

As America nears the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, families and friends of those who died that day are hoping to transform the date of the terrorist hijackings into a national day of volunteer service and charity.

At a news conference Tuesday, One Day's Pay, the group spearheading the effort, said its purpose was simple: to encourage individuals and organizations to set aside time on Sept. 11 to help others in any way they choose.

"Sept. 11 is a date that has been seared in our memories," said Alice Hoglan, a One Day's Pay board member whose son, Mark Bingham, died on hijacked United Flight 93. She said a day of volunteerism would be "a vehicle to convert that negative, awful energy that was created that day into something beautiful, optimistic and uplifting."

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