Original New Hampshire newspaper article dated September 13th,
FBI’s later explanation for the white jet was that a passing
civilian Fairchild Falcon 20 jet was asked to descend from
34,000ft to 5,000ft some minutes after the crash to give
co-ordinates for the site. The plane and pilot have never
been produced or identified. Susan Mcelwain says a Falcon 20
was not the plane she saw.
FBI insists there was no military plane in the area but at
9.22am a sonic boom – caused by a supersonic jet – was
picked up by an earthquake monitor in southern Pennsylvania,
60 miles away from Shanksville.
Lee Purbaugh: There was another plane," Lee said. "I didn’t
get a good look but it was white and it circled the area
about twice and then it flew off over the horizon."
Tom Spinelli: "I saw the white plane," "It was flying around
all over the place like it was looking for something. I saw
it before and after the crash."
Dennis Decker, 5) Rick Chaney: About a mile north on
Buckstown Road, Dennis Decker and Rick Chaney were at work
making wooden pallets when they heard an explosion and came
running outside to watch a large mushroom cloud spreading
over the ridge." As soon as we looked up, we saw a midsized
jet flying low and fast," Decker said. "It appeared to make
a loop or part of a circle, and then it turned fast and
headed out. " Decker and Chaney described the plane as a
Lear-jet type, with engines mounted near the tail and
painted white with no identifying markings. "If you were
here to see it, you’d have no doubt," Decker said. "It was a
jet plane, and it had to be flying real close when that 757
went down. If I was the FBI, I’d find out who was driving
that plane. "
Robin Doppstadt: Robin Doppstadt was working inside her
family food-and-supply store when she heard the crash. When
she went outside, she said, she saw a small white jet that
looked like it was making a single circle over the crash
site. "Then it climbed very quickly and took off. "
Dale Browning who witnessed the white plane, "the damndest
darn thing", remarked:
"Everybody’s seen this thing in the sky, but no one can tell
us what it is."
Jim Brant: Mr. Brant and two of his employees arrived at the
site in minutes , hoping to help survivors. He said he
noticed a white plane, perhaps a jet, circling the wreckage.
"It reminded me of a fighter jet," he said. He said it
stayed there for one or two minutes before leaving. "The
plane had no markings on it, either civilian or military."
John Feegle: "It didn’t look like a commercial plane,"
Feegle said. "It had a real goofy tail on it, like a high
tail. It circled around, and it was gone." "The aircraft
appeared to have an unusually tall vertical stabilizer."
PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS:
Kathy Blades and her son ran outside after the crash and saw
the jet, with sleek back wings and an angled cockpit, race
Here is the text as it
once appeared at PittsburghLive.com (Pittsburgh’s website)
on Friday September 14th, 2001. The first page still online:
Authorities deny Flight 93
was shot down by F-16
By Richard Gazarik and Robin Acton
Federal investigators hope the flight data recorder recovered from United Airlines Flight 93 will reveal what caused the Boeing 757 jetliner to crash into an abandoned Somerset County strip mine in a deadly sequence of terrorist attacks. FBI Agent William Crowley announced Thursday afternoon that investigators using heavy equipment found the recorder in a crater at the crash site near Lambertsville in Stonycreek Township.
The device that electronically records the aircraft’s instruments in the final moments before a plane crashes was packaged for transport to
Searchers yesterday also found one of the hijacked jetliner’s engines. But by evening, the cockpit voice recorder had not been recovered. Meanwhile, speculation continued to swirl around reports that a military fighter jet was seen in the vicinity immediately after the crash.
According to the Nashua (N.H.) Telegraph, FAA employees at an air-traffic control center near Boston learned from controllers at other facilities that an F-16 “…stayed in hot pursuit” of the 757.
By 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Air Force had taken control of all U.S. airspace, the unidentified controller told the Telegraph. A few minutes later, the Boeing crashed in Stonycreek Township.
The F-16 made 360-degree turns to stay close to the 757, the Telegraph reported. “He must’ve seen the whole thing,” the FAA employee said of the
Military planes sometimes “shadow” airliners that are in trouble or have lost radio communications, as part of efforts to re-establish contact.
An Air Force spokeswoman at North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado, Capt. Adriane Craig, said the military could neither confirm nor deny whether an airplane was following the United 757. Neither NORAD nor the Air Force releases information about where its jets are flying at any given time, or what their patrol routes are over metropolitan areas, Craig said.
Crowley discounted rumors that the military shot down the jetliner in a sparsely populated area to keep it away from the White House and other
"There was no military involvement," Crowley said.
NORAD issued its own denial yesterday afternoon, "confirm(ing) that
"NORAD-allocated forces have not engaged with weapons any aircraft,
A Canadian aviation expert told the Tribune-Review that the concept
"It’s not a very palatable piece of news for the American public,"
Although Ujimoro said he doubted the rumor was true, he could
"There (were) already other aircraft hitting the Trade Center,"
Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday,
Air Force Gen. Richard Myers emphatically denied that Flight 93 was
"The armed forces did not shoot down any aircraft," he said. "When
Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that the terrorists
"We have no information to lead us either way. We need them (the
Crowley said evidence recovery teams will continue to look for the
The flight data recorder can tell investigators such things as the
Crowley said the recorders from Flight 93 did not send out any
The discovery of the flight data recorder and cockpit voice
Murtha said he was told that conversations overheard by air traffic
"We have not seen anything to contradict this," Crowley added.
A passenger, Mark Bingham, 31, of San Francisco, Calif., was able to
There was a sound of an explosion before 911 lost contact with
An evidence collection team comprising technicians from several
Forensic archaeologists and anthropologists were among experts who
Crowley said the FBI and NTSB have not determined whether a bomb
State police Maj. Lyle Szupinka said investigators also will be
Szupinka said searchers found one of the large engines from the
"It appears to be the whole engine," he added.
Szupinka said most of the remaining debris, scattered over a
"If you were to go down there, you wouldn’t know that was a plane
"The best I can describe it is if you’ve ever been to a commercial
Tribune-Review staff writer Jason Togyer and The Associated Press