ERROR: 'Flight 93 Didn't Crash in Shanksville, PA'
There is abundant evidence that
Flight 93 crashed into
a reclaimed strip mine, leaving a crater located approximately at
40°03'02" N longitude, 78°45'22" W latitude
in Shanksville, PA.
The evidence consists of numerous eyewitness reports
(such as collected at the website
jetliner debris in and around the crater, including the black boxes,
and the identification of the crew and passengers
from about 1,500 samples of mostly scorched human remains.
Nonetheless, some people have questioned whether that crater
was the resting place of Flight 93,
citing the lack of apparent debris at the site.
A review of the
consequences of high-speed plane crashes
and photographs which do show aircraft debris
will disabuse most skeptics of the notion that the crash was faked.
Not to be deterred,
American Free Press
writer Christopher Bollyn published an article on 9/17/04
suggesting that no remains of Flight 93 were recovered from the crater.
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One question, "is what happened to the physical wreckage of the plane?"
"There was no plane," Ernie Stull, mayor of Shanksville,
told German television in March 2003:
"My sister and a good friend of mine were the first ones there,"
"They were standing on a street corner in Shanksville talking.
Their car was nearby, so they were the first here --
and the fire department came. Everyone was puzzled,
because the call had been that a plane had crashed. But there was no plane."
"They had been sent here because of a crash, but there was no plane?"
the reporter asked.
"No. Nothing. Only this hole."
When AFP asked Stull about his comments,
he disagreed about when he had gone to the crash site.
"A day or two later," Stull said, was about when he went to the site.
But he reiterated the fact that they saw little evidence of a plane crash.
Nena Lensbouer, who had prepared lunch for the workers at the scrap yard
overlooking the crash site, was the first person to go up
to the smoking crater.
Lensbouer told AFP that the hole was five to six feet deep
and smaller than the 24-foot trailer in her front yard.
She described hearing "an explosion, like an atomic bomb" -- not a crash.
Others followed suit, with
denying the reported crashes of all four jetliners.
theorize that Flight 93's crash had been faked,
and that the plane had landed in Cleveland.
Such theories are likely to have the effect of discrediting
all claims that the attack was an inside job,
especially given the emotional importance of accounts of
heroism by the passengers of Flight 93.
In contrast to theories that Flight 93's crash were faked,
the theory that it was shot down,
supported by abundant evidence,
is consistent with accounts of the passenger takeover.
In fact, the most likely reason for a shoot-down is that
the passengers had rescued the plane from the hijackers,
and that authorities feared exposure of the larger 9/11 plot
if the plane were to land.
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Claims Flight 93 Didn't Crash
Conceal Shoot-Down Evidence
A hoax theory that Flight 93 did not even crash in Pennsylvania
is advanced by certain websites, books, and videos
Promoters make one or more of these false claims:
- There was no plane wreckage at the alleged crash site.
- Flight 93 landed and deboarded in Cleveland.
- The cell phone calls from Flight 93 were faked.
Claim 1 exploits the counterintuitive tendency of high-speed
crashes to reduce planes to small rubble.
In fact, the remains of Flight 93 were recovered from
the crater produced by the plane's plunge into the soft landfill.
Claim 2 was created from an erroneous news report stating that
Flight 93 landed in Cleveland,
and embellished with a fantastic scenario of passengers being
herded into an empty NASA research building and disappeared.
Claim 3 is based on the dubious theory
that cell phones don't work above 10,000 feet.
Even if true, it would not make the calls from Flight 93 suspect,
since the plane may have been below 10,000 feet when the calls were made.
The denial of the crash of Flight 93 appears calculated to
alienate victims' survivors and the larger public
from the 9/11 truth movement.
It is part of a campaign to deny the crashes of each of the four jetliners,
functioning to reinforce the false dialectic of
gullible conspiracy theorists versus the official story.
Hallowed Ground, WashingtonPost.com,
page last modified: 2010-02-14