PITA333 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 391 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2429 times:
I heard about this on the Pittsburgh local CBS station KDKA-TV. I think that its a good way to honor the brave men and women who where on the flight. I will definitely be watching "The Flight that Fought Back". Many people here in PIT, aviation buffs or not, have a special interest in UA 93, because it hit close to home. I think the show will do well nationally because all Americans felt that the brave men and women on that flight saved a national treasure, weather it be the White House or The Capitol Building (the suspected targets of UA 93). Plus, Todd Beamer is my personal hero. I say: "Thank you Discovery Channel for honoring these heroes".
777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2371 times:
I commend Discover Channel for airing this documentary. The Flight 93 tragedy is the oft forgotten event of 9/11. WTC gets the most press because of the enormity of the event, followed by the Pentagon. Flight 93 is usually mentioned almost as an afterthought. None of us should ever forget the heroic actions of these brave men and women in the face of such dire circumstances.
I have visited the Flight93 sight, and I can tell you that it is very moving. I didn't think I would be effected as much as I was, being that right now it's nothing more than a hole in the ground, with a make shift viewing area. But the feeling that overcomes you when you stand there, out in the middle of nowhere (and believe me, if you haven't been there, it is in the middle of nowhere) is absolutely overwhelming.
There is a section of chain link fece, about 30 feet long, that is just covered with pictures and poems, and mementos from friends, family, and visitors. This fence alone, will take your breath away.
What touched me the most was all the personal messages that we scribed on the guardrail around the parking area. Just written in marker pen on ever square inch of this rail. Messages from complete strangers. Very moving.
Again, I commend Discover for documenting and celebrating these brave heros.
My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12336 posts, RR: 12 Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2283 times:
I saw some news articles on this proposed Discovery Channel special docu-drama on UA 93. From those articles:
They apparently do have the permission of a number of family members of the victims on that flight
They are trying to stick to recreating scenes based on known information, like from the phone calls from people on the flight and other recording devices. For example as they are not sure of the specific way in which the terrorists got into the cockpit, they are not giving that much attention to that in a scene.
There will be some literary license used to connect the scenes, flesh out the characters, but with great care so not to make phony history.
They are planning to show it on Sunday, 9/11/05.
A well done, not a sensational docudrama on this part of the 9/11 story, including not only the bravery and fear of the pax on that flight to prevent them from crashing into the Capitol or the White House, but also the screw ups by the terrorists. Remember there were only 4 on UA 93, not 5 as on the other flights, that apparently they went into their plot later than it should have, they took too long to 'execute' it and had the advantage of surprise gone by the earier timing of the WTC/Pentagon attacks.
777DadandJr noted visiting the site where UA93 crashed in Pennsylvania. I posted 2 weeks ago that the site is a National Memorial Park site, and that a committee is down to 5 finalists for a design for a memorial at the site, with a final approved design to be determined soon and to be under construction next year.
Ouboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4006 posts, RR: 23 Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2198 times:
It'll be interesting to see on just how much it touches on. They need to be careful when it comes to a documentary type story to try and report it as accurate as possible. Of course we all want to glorify ever passenger on board as a hero, but no for the sake of telling the wrong story.
I doubt they'll touch much on the F-16s from Ohio that were scrambled to shoot the bird down just minutes before the plane was crashed - either by the hijackers or the passengers.
Any opinion/comment posted is that of my own and not that of Southwest Airlines Co.
Womack17 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 465 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2158 times:
Here is another perspective...
From the Associated Press Newswire
"The Discovery Channel will air a re-creation of the terrorist hijacking of Flight 93 on the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The program will be called "The Flight That Fought Back" and will include about 45 minutes of re-created scenes depicting what happened before the plane crashed in a Southwestern Pennsylvania field. Forty passengers and crew members were killed.
The show is being produced by London-based Brook Lapping Productions, which is getting cooperation on the project from United Airlines and some family members of those killed in the attack.
[Executive Producer Phil Craig told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette],
A few people didn't want to have anything to do with it just because they just don't want to have anything to do with anything (relating to that day), I think there will be some people who don't like it because their family member isn't highlighted, but when you're a filmmaker, you have to balance all sorts of things.
Flight 93 was en route to San Francisco from Newark, N.J., when it was hijacked and ultimately crashed about 65 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The official 9/11 Commission report said the hijackers crashed the plane as passengers tried to take control of the cockpit.
Craig said the show isn't meant to be a definitive look at what happened that day, and there are still unanswered questions about what went on. For instance, the show will portray the hijackers getting into the cockpit but not how they got there, because that isn't known, he said.
There are some dialogue scenes on the plane, 90 percent of these are based on tape evidence and the memories of people who spoke to people on the flight...We have invented a few lines of dialogue that's been based on consultation with people who knew them.
A short preview of the program was shown to media last week attending the Television Critics Association summer press tour. A screening will be held later this month for family members of those who were on the plane."
Oh how I miss Midway Airlines. A class act right to then end.
Zone1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 7 Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2054 times:
Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 5): the pax on that flight to prevent them from crashing into the Capitol or the White House
I remember reading a while ago the some people believe the plane was heading for Three Mile Island because it was not exactly on track to Washington DC. Was this one of those rocket pod conspiracy theories or is their any truth to it? Did the 9/11 Commission say anything on where Flight 93 was heading? I think maybe some London newspaper first reported this days after 9/11.