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Passengers Voted to Attack Hijackers

Thursday, 13 September 2001 12:00 AM

The report said that the passengers, through the use of cell phones, were aware of the attack against the World Trade Center and were talking about tackling the terrorists.

"Get out of here," someone shouted, through an open microphone in the cockpit. The microphone goes off and comes back on. Scuffling is heard and then somebody again shouts "Get out of here."

Again, the microphone goes off, and then comes back on. Passengers hear a voice in broken English - an Arabic accent, according to a source who heard the tape, CNN reported.

"There is a bomb on board. This is the captain speaking. Remain in your seat. There is a bomb on board. Stay quiet. We are meeting with their demands. We are returning to the airport."

The microphone goes off, and at that point, the United Flight 93 abruptly turns 180 degrees from its destination of California toward Washington.

The mother-in-law of passenger Jeremy Glick told CNN called New York state police on another phone and relayed messages to them. Glick said he saw three hijackers he described as Arabs. He said one of the hijackers "had a red box he said was a bomb, and one had a knife of some nature," Glick's mother-in-law said.

Another passenger, Thomas Burnett phoned his wife, telling her the flight had been hijacked but that he and several 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 the plane crashed about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh with 45 people aboard.

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 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. Burnett, was the father of three and chief operating officer for Thoratec Corp., a Pleasanton, Calif. -based 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.

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