Gate 32 was also reported by the Boston Globe on September 11.
One airport employee, who asked not to be identified, said the American flight left on time from Gate 32 in Terminal B, and that nothing unusual was apparent. The employee said airline workers learned almost simultaneously that there had been explosions at the World Trade Center and that air traffic control had lost contact with the American flight.
The American flight left from Gate 26 in Terminal B, and the United flight from Gate 19 in Terminal C. One airport employee said nothing unusual was apparent when the American flight left, and airline workers learned almost simultaneously that there had been explosions at the World Trade Center and that air traffic control had lost contact with the American flight.
The captain was John Ogonowski, a 52-year-old man from Dracut. His first officer was Thomas McGuinness, 42, of Portsmouth, N.H. Also aboard were nine flight attendants and 81 passengers, for a total of 92 people on the flight manifest when the plane pushed back from Gate 26 at Logan International Airport.
On the one-year anniversary of the attacks, there still seemed to be some question as to what gate Flight 11 had departed from. The Boston Globe, who had originally reported Gate 32 wrote a story that began:
Sylvio Amorino, just off a flight yesterday morning, simply stood there in front of Gate 26, Terminal B, Logan Airport. It was 7:55 a.m. The 70-year-old realized that, one year ago, American Airlines Flight 11 had idled here.
At 7:40 a.m. today, about 200 American Airlines employees gathered at Gate 32 at Logan Airport, the point of departure for Flight 11 exactly one year before. They observed the anniversary with a memorial service for the crew and passengers aboard the hijacked flight, which crashed into the World Trade Center in New York at 8:46
An American Airlines passenger waiting to board a 7:00 a.m. flight from Boston to San Juan on September 11, 2001 describes seeing the plane come in from LAX at the adjacent gate and seeing about 40 passengers get off and then she watched as the agents changed the signs at the podium to read Flight 11 7:45 departure back to LAX. She sees some of the passengers begin to arrive for Flight 11 but then boards her flight.
The woman's story sounds legit, as there was an AA flight to SJU, Flight 1019 that was scheduled to depart at 6:55 a.m. It pushed back at 7:00 and took off at 7:14. That's probably the flight she was taking.
Flight 11 did come in from the west coast as Flight 198 and arrived at the gate 21 minutes ahead of it's scheduled 6:24 arrival time at 6:03 but it was from SFO, not LAX as the woman says in her story.
According to the on-time stats at the Bureau of Transportation, Flight 192 from LAX arrived 31 minutes ahead of it's scheduled 6:33 arrival time at 6:02 just as N334AA was arriving from BOS. Another red-eye from the west coast, Flight 138 from SJCwas supposed to have arrived at 6:01 but was an hour and fifteen late arriving at 7:16. It then turned around and opereated as the 8:20 departure to SJU, Flight 1971, and actually pushed back from the gate 11 minutes early and took off at 8:34 This flight would have been arriving at it's gate as her flight was taking off so that's not the one she saw.
Maybe she got the two mixed up? Or maybe there was a gate change announcement which came after the SJU pasenger had boarded her flight? Had the passengers originally checked in at one gate but then told to go to another to board their flight?
I'm not even going to begin to refute some of this person's wilder accusations regarding his theories about the discrepancies. I just want to know what gate did Flight 11 depart from at BOS on September 11, 2001?
Gnomon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 8197 times:
How ludicrous. Like all so-called "conspiracy theories," this one fails to answer the most important question: To what purpose? Why would AA, the FAA, et al intentionally cover up what the author insinuates, if it were true: that hijackers "stole" N334AA from its gate?
JetRanger2000 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 8122 times:
Yeah, I always wondered whats the whole purpose of coverups in aviation-related conspiracy theories. I got a response from one tin-foil hat lunatic that said "The Republicans in conjunction with the Democrats wanted to test some new toys" WTF?
777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7620 times:
Immediately following 9/11, there was a flag raised above the departure jetway of UA93 at EWR (17 or 18 IIRC), but in the months afterward almost all gates had a flag over the docking "sleeve" on the jetway itself. I haven't really paid attention to what's on there now, I'll have a look when I'm back up there Friday.
Navairjax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7593 times:
In Boston it's a small gesture that you may not notice with the flags placed at the end of the jetway. I'd imagine that EWR and IAD are also set up the same way. I was informed by a UA f/a about the flags when arriving in BOS at C19 about 8 months ago.
COEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1061 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7517 times:
I was at EWR about two weeks ago picking up my grandparents who were arriving on UA from ORD. I noticed the flag on top of A17 for my first time. I had no clue what the reason for that one gate to have a flag over it. Thanks for clearing that up.
Rob2507 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7400 times:
It was gate 32.
"Transcripts of Flight 11 and Flight 175
Following is a transcript of the radio communications of American Airlines Flight 11 (AAL11) and United Air Lines Flight 175, which took off from Logan International Airport in Boston and then were crashed into the World Trade Center. The transcripts were obtained by The New York Times.
7:45:48 -- Ground Control 1: American eleven heavy boston ground gate thirty two you're going to wait for a Saab to go by then push back."