Sifting Through
Loose Change

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"[Mayor] White said the plane had been moved to a secure area of [Hopkins] Airport, and was evacuated. United identified the plane as Flight 93."
-WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, 9/11/01, 11:43:57
10:06 AM. Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Flight 93 was en route from New Jersey to California with 45 passengers, when it went off course at 8:56 over Cleveland, Ohio. According to the official story, Flight 93 was headed for the White House, when it was overpowered by a group of passengers and crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Out of all the events of 9-11, the one that has caused the most confusion is Flight 93. It was shot down, it wasn't shot down.
There are several pieces of evidence indicating that it was shot down, including:
  • Debris fields up to 8 miles from the primary crash site
  • Strange sounds from the jetliner before it nose-dived
  • An apparent attempt to cover up details of the crash by changing the official time of the crash from 10:06 to 10:03.
However, evidence suggests that perhaps Flight 93 was nowhere near Shanksville.
[FOX News reporter]: I wanna get quickly to Chris Chaniki he's a photographer with the Pittsburgh affiliate a Fox affiliate. He was back there just a couple minutes ago and Chris, I've seen the pictures, it looks like there's nothing there, except for a hole in the ground.
Basically that's right, the only thing you can see from; where we were was a big gouge in the earth, and some broken trees. You could see some people working, walking around in the area, but from where we can see there wasn't much left.
Any large pieces of debris at all?
No, there was nothing. Nothing, that you can distinguish that a plane had crashed there.
Smoke, fire?
Nothing, it was absolutely quiet, it was actually very quiet. Nothing going on down there, no smoke, no fire, just a couple of people walking around. They look like part of the NTSB crew. Walking around, looking at the pieces.
How big would you say that hole was?
Ah, from my estimates, I would guess it was probably around 20 to 15 feet, ah long, and probably about 10 feet wide.
What could you see on the ground, if anything, other than dirt and ash and ... ?
You couldn't see anything. You just see dirt, ash and people walking around, broken trees.
Wally Miller, a Somerset County coroner, told the Houston Chronicle:
It looked like somebody just dropped a bunch of metal out of the sky.
In the Washington Post ...
It looked like someone took a scrap truck, dug a 10-foot ditch and dumped trash into it.
As with the Pentagon crash, Loose Change falls for the no-plane hoax, hook, line, and sinker. The first edition of the video endorsed the conclusion that it was shot down. But perhaps the idea that "[Flight 93] was nowhere near Shanksville" is more appealing to the X-Files mindset.

Flight 93 crashed dose-down into the soft landfill of a reclaimed strip mine. (See this analysis of the crash location.) It's therefore not surprising that the 757 would bury itself in a crater.

Photographs of the crater show that it was more than 100 feet long and 30 feet wide, not "20 feet long and 10 feet wide," as the cherry-picked account states.

Apart from all of the physical evidence of the crash, numerous eyewitnesses saw the jetliner in its final moments.
And as for the passengers...
I stopped being coroner after about 20 minutes, because there were no bodies there.
In the Pittsburgh Review...
I have not, to this day, seen a single drop of blood. Not a drop.
It would seem that, on one day, for the second time in history, an entire plane, along with its passengers, disappeared upon impact.
[Reporter]: ... No signs of any survivors at the site of the Nigerian plane crash that is the word from the Red Cross, which has a representative on site. The first pictures of the crash scene show a large crater where the Boeing 737 broke into the small pieces. The plane crashed shortly after taking off from Lagos in a heavy storm. The flight was going to the Nigerian capital of Abuja and was believed to be carrying some senior Nigerian officials.
According to a Washington Post story, about 1500 human remains were recovered from Flight 93's crash site. The coroner only spent 20 minutes at the crash site, before the site was excavated for bodies, so it's not surprising that he didn't see blood.

Loose Change runs aerial video of the Nigerian 737 crash site, next to distant aerial video of the Flight 93 crash site, apparently to suggest that the lack of obvious plane pieces at the Shanksville crash site means that a plane didn't crash there. (Identifiable pieces aren't visible in the Nigerian crash photographs either, but maybe I'm missing something.)
So if Flight 93 didn't go down in Shanksville, then where?
You ready for this? Cleveland. At 11:43 on September 11th, WCPO, a local TV station in Cincinnati, Ohio, reported that two planes landed at Cleveland Hopkins Airport due to a bomb threat. United Airlines identified one of the planes as Flight 93.

Are you confused? Well, it gets better. Check it out.
At approximately 10 AM, Cleveland Hopkins Airport was evacuated, amidst rumors that a hijacked plane was going to land. That was flight 1989. Passengers had to leave, but couldn't drive. They had to walk or hitchhike. Buses weren't allowed to leave. People were sent home. According to Associated Press and local Ohio papers, one plane landed at approximately 10:45. But Delta Airlines confirmed that their plane, Delta 1989, landed in Cleveland at 10:10. Therefore, Flight 93 landed at Cleveland at approximately 10:45.
So the entire basis of the 'Cleveland theory' is a TV news story that ran at 11:43 AM on 9/11/01, amidst the confusion of the attack. AP picked up and posted the story before it had been corrected.

Anyone who watches news coverage from 9/11/01 will see that reporting errors abound. The report that Delta Flight 1989 was hijacked is just one example, and led to the questioning of the passengers at the Cleveland airport. Here is an account by a passenger on Flight 1989.
Authorities searched Delta 1989 for over two hours, and passengers were questioned individually.
"Our plane was directed to an isolated area of the airport, and we waited for over two hours in quarantine before FBI agents and bomb sniffing dogs came out to the plane."
-Anonymous, September 13th, 2001,
The Plain Dealer reported that the plane was evacuated at 12:30. But the Akron Beacon reports that a plane was evacuated at 11:15. Which would make that Flight 93.
If you have trouble following the logic of this argument, you're not alone.
Mayor White reported that the plane had 200 passengers. But a passenger from Delta 1989 describes 60 or so passengers. So at 11:15, 200 or so passengers were released from Flight 93. The passenger from Delta 1989 states that she was taken into FAA headquarters. But other reports say that passengers were brought into the NASA Glenn Research Center located near the west end of the airport, which had already been evacuated. So, to sum up. Delta 1989 landed at 10:10, was evacuated at 12:30, almost two and a half hours later, and 69 passengers were taken to FAA Headquarters. Flight 93 landed at 10:45 and evacuated within a half hour, 200 or so passengers quickly taken to an empty NASA Research Center. Why did it take 140 minutes to evacuate 69 passengers, when 200 were evacuated in a half hour? We can assume that the passengers from Delta 1989 are safe somewhere.
More theorizing based on erroneous reports.
The question remains, what happened to the 200 or so passengers from Flight 93? It's interesting to note that the combined total of all the passengers from all four flights is 198. Or 243. Depending on who you ask.
Who did the Loose Change producers ask?
So rather than accepting the evidence that Flight 93 was downed in Shanksville -- witnesses to the crash, physical evidence of the crash, cell phone calls from the passengers, and identification of human remains -- Loose Change speculates that 200 people were somehow herded onto Flight 93 (perhaps from Flights 11, 175, 77) and then mysteriously disappeared into a NASA research facility. Could it get any more ridiculous?
We may never know what really happened to Flight 93.
Indulging in science-fiction fantasies about disappearing planes may be fun, but for the victims, 9/11 was no game.

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