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Brave Passengers Fought Terrorists

Wednesday, 12 September 2001 12:00 AM

"They were going to stop whoever it was from doing what whatever it was they'd planned," Glick's brother-in-law, Douglas B. Hurwitt, told the Washington Post. "He knew that stopping them was going to end all of their lives. But that was my brother-in-law. He was a take-charge guy."

According to the Post:

Anticipating his own death, Glick, who celebrated his 31st birthday on Sept. 3, told his wife, Lyzbeth, that he hoped she would have a good life and would take care of their 3-month-old baby girl, Hurwitt said.

Glick told his wife that the plane had been taken over by three Middle Eastern men wearing red headbands. The terrorists, wielding knives and brandishing a red box they claimed contained a bomb, ordered the passengers, pilots and flight attendants toward the rear of the plane, then took over the cockpit.

Fellow passenger Thomas Burnett phoned his wife, telling her the plane had been hijacked but that he and other passengers were determined to "do something about it," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednesday.

"I love you, honey," were Burnett's last word to his wife, Deena, before United Flight 93 crashed about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh with 45 people aboard.

Authorities don't know exactly what caused the plane to crash at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, but it appears that Burnett, 38, of San Ramon, Calif., and other passengers were determined to tackle the hijackers.

During the call Burnett said that one of the passengers had been stabbed, the family's priest, the Rev. Frank Colacicco, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

"He said, 'I know we're all going to die - there's three of us who are going to do something about it,'" Colacicco said.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported that as the San Francisco-bound flight neared Cleveland, the pilot requested a flight change and turned the Boeing 757.

The plane was one of four hijacked by suicidal terrorists, who destroyed the World Trade Center and badly damaged the Pentagon, but apparently did not intend to hit a grassy field 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Burnett was the father of three and chief operating officer for Thoratec Corp., a Pleasanton, Calif., medical devices company. The Chronicle reported he told his wife that a passenger had already been killed after the doomed flight took off from Newark, N.J.

"This is a great professional and personal loss for all of us at Thoratec," said D. Keith Grossman, the company's president and chief executive. "We are all shocked and saddened by yesterday's senseless and ruthless acts that took from us our friend and colleague."

The FBI interviewed Deena Burnett, 37, about her husband's call.

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Wednesday that the pilot may have been fighting with the hijackers.

U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., said finding the black box was key to solving the mystery.

"We think the pilot may have intentionally brought the plane down to avoid attacking another building in Washington, D.C.," Murtha told the Tribune-Review.

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