Destroyed, Missing, and Surviving Evidence about the Commandeered Flights
In any "normal" aircraft crash we expect the black boxes containing the flight data and voice recorders to be recovered and their contents released, the flight paths to be known, and the bodies to be identified. These expectations were violated in the response to the September 11th attack, with the explanation that the building collapses and fires had destroyed the otherwise recoverable evidence from Flights 11, 175, and 77. However, even evidence of the more "normal" crash of Flight 93 has been suppressed. The FBI has refused to release the audio or a transcript of the supposedly recovered contents of the cockpit voice recorders.
Following is a classification of evidence of the doomed flights.
- An audiotape recording of interviews with air traffic controllers made on the day of the attack was destroyed by FAA managers.
- Other than the few pieces of Flights 11 and 175 that exited the towers upon impact, there appreas to be no public information on the fate or status of the other remains of the aircraft. Presumably those remains were dispatched to blast furnaces to be recycled like the steel from the towers.
- phone calls: There is no corroboration of the assertions that any of the alleged phone calls from the doomed flights actually came from people on the planes.
- flight data and cockpit voice recorders: No data has been made public from any of the recorders from any of the four planes.
- bodies: Bodies of dozens of people from Flights 11 and 175 have not been identified.
- Flight 93 eyewitnesses: Numerous eyewitnesses on the ground saw Flight 93 in its last moments.
- Pentagon eyewitnesses: Several eyewitnesses on the ground saw an aircraft, alleged to be Flight 77, approach the Pentagon.
- South Tower impact photographs: Many photographs capture a jet, presumably Flight 175, approaching the South Tower, just before impact.
- North Tower fire photographs: Photographs of the impact hole in the North Tower show damage consistent with a collision by a 767.