American Airlines Flight 160 A box cutter knife was found under a seat cushion on American Airlines Flight 160, a 767 that would have flown from San Diego to New York on the morning of 9/11 but for the air ban. [Chicago Tribune, 9/23/01]
CO flights? Knives of the same type used in the successful hijackings were found taped to the backs of fold-down trays on a Continental Airlines flight from Newark. [Guardian, 9/19/01]
GOAQ From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 32 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 hours ago) and read 8527 times:
Where was AA Flt. 43 from Boston going to that morning. I don't remember a flight 43 out of Boston. Unless it was a transatlantic flight. Paris? London?
If I remember back than, all transcon flights on AA, DL, UA were widebodies, 767s. I was working AA flt.195 the morning of 9/11. Which was pushed back a little before 9a.m. and after flt.11 hit the WTC. Our 767-300 3-class that morning to SFO, which was an equipment substitution was a light load.
Only the man above will know if that flight had any hijackers or any of the other transcon flights for that matter. Thank goodness the FAA grounded all flights soon after that morning. If not I may not be here typing this response.
But it has been stated that their plan was to fly planes FULL of fuel to cause the most damage. That is why they got the widebody longhauls that were early flights which had less people but plenty of fuel.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5708 times:
Quoting FlyingTexan (Reply 7):
IIRC, a Continental mainline flight EWR-SAT diverted to STL. Several got off, boarded Amtrak to San Antonio and were later arrested with some obscene amount of cash and box cutters.
I seem to recall a flight (into STL?) and some guys ending up in Ft. Worth via train. Same incident? Some details are fuzzy after four years....
RobertS975 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 912 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5666 times:
I have never heard any factual followup to those initial stories that other aircraft were likely to have been hijacked that day. It would have been a simple matter to identify those passengers on flights that were cancelled that never asked for their money back and never asked to be rebooked on another flight after the planes started flying again.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 55 Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5147 times:
Quoting GOAQ (Reply 2): Where was AA Flt. 43 from Boston going to that morning. I don't remember a flight 43 out of Boston. Unless it was a transatlantic flight. Paris? London?
I believe it was AA154, the morning LHR flight. Rumours have circulated that the plane had cancelled that morning and there was a large group of Arab men that were very angry that the flight was cancelled. Of course, none of this is substantiated and I suppose we'll never know but that has been on the table for some time. At the time, AA154/155 was still operated by a B767-323ER.
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Brettbrett21 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 436 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5081 times:
Quoting Bluewave 707 (Reply 12):
By the way, before 11 Sep, it was legal to carry a 3-inch blade (or less) pocket knife on board. Not anymore ...
That is unbelievable. How can people be so stupid!?! Really, that is possibly the dumbest thing I've heard in a while. Was this just confined to the US or were there similar rules in Europe and the rest of the world?
Spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3365 posts, RR: 13 Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4758 times:
Wasn't there supposed to be a 2nd wave of attacks on the west coast, and midwest?
No, that was one of the many myths that still surround 9/11. There is no evidence of a second wave of attacks. It wouldn't even make sense to think there could be; the terrorists themselves planned all of the attacks to be simultaneous because they knew once they started, all flights would be grounded and a flight 93-type scenario could happen to any planes still in the air (the tapes of flight 93 demonstrate pretty clearly that the terrorists had planned for the possibility that they might have to abandon their targets).
In fact there's no real evidence to support the idea that any of the other flights mentioned so far were supposed to be used by terrorists. As others have pointed out, it was legal to carry knives and box cutters on airplanes at the time and it's no big stretch to think that a few passengers on a few of the thousands of planes around the country would have left one or two on board at some point. I remember reading at the time that these box cutters were "hidden" on these planes, but the way it was described seemed to me more likely that they just fell out of carry-on bags either in the overhead bins or under the seat and got lodged in places that were likely to be missed by the cleaning crew. Those blades could have been on those planes for months, if not years.
In the video tapes that leaked out of meetings bin Laden had with his underlings after the attacks, no mention is made of any other flights either. There is no statement to the effect of "man, that was great, but if only those five other flights had gotten off the ground..." There is only celebration on those tapes, in fact bin Laden himself says on one of them that the attack caused greater destruction than anyone hoped.
There's not much doubt in my mind that there were only supposed to be four flights. There were probably supposed to be 20 hijackers instead of 19, but they still managed to get all four flights up and three of them unfortunately managed to hit their targets. That's bad enough, why do some people almost seem to have a need to believe it was supposed to be even worse?
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Daron4000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 712 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4621 times:
Quoting Brettbrett21 (Reply 15): That is unbelievable. How can people be so stupid!?! Really, that is possibly the dumbest thing I've heard in a while. Was this just confined to the US or were there similar rules in Europe and the rest of the world?
Actually, when I was on a BA flight intra-Europe 757 in the very late 90's, the captain let my go into the cockpit....DURING THE FLIGHT! Yes, I'm being serious, that is how lax the laws were. It seemed so cool to me, and now, it only seems stupid, especially when the airlines were preaching safety, safety, safety.
AA54Heavy From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 189 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4579 times:
Quoting Daron4000 (Reply 18): Actually, when I was on a BA flight intra-Europe 757 in the very late 90's, the captain let my go into the cockpit....DURING THE FLIGHT! Yes, I'm being serious, that is how lax the laws were. It seemed so cool to me, and now, it only seems stupid, especially when the airlines were preaching safety, safety, safety.
Same thing happened to me, in Summer 2001, I flew PHX-LGW...I asked the flight attendant if I could visit the cockpit upon arrival in LGW, and she said sure thing. Just prior to our descent into London the flight attendant came back to my seat and asked me to follow her. She took me to the cockpit, and I sat in the jump seat and chatted with the reserve captain while the pilot/FO were making their preparations for arrival. I took pictures and everything and chilled there for like 10 minutes or so...very cool, but very much in perspective now.
F9fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 693 posts, RR: 3 Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4355 times:
There were rumors that there were plans to hijack as many as ten planes and crash them into targets in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle as well as New York and Washington, DC, with an eleventh plane to be hijacked and after it landed safely, the hijackers would release a statement and let everyone go. However, Al Quida realized that this plan was way to grandiose and logistically difficult to complete, so they went with the scaled back version of hijacking four planes and crashing them into the World Trade Center, the White House, and the capitol building (the Pentagon was an alternate target because the White House is very difficult to spot from the air because of the foliage nearby.)
There was a report that a plane bound for SAT that was diverted to STL where everyone then boarded an Amtrak train for the completion of the trip had a couple people arrested in what was thought to be another possible hijack team. However, these people were later cleared and released. There was also a DL flight from BOS to SFO (I think) that was confused with UA 93 and was assumed hijacked, but it landed safely in CLE. It was later determined this was just a case of mistaken identity.