Slawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3800 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2622 times:
At first some news stations had reported that it was shot down, but then later no one was really saying anything about it, as if they were trying to cover it up, and just say that it was a crash. But why would they crash the plane in a field?? That does not go with all of the other crashes that happened.
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Rotation18L From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2524 times:
An aviation expert (don't recall his name) on ABC News said that a pax on a cell phone on the a/c that crashed near Pittsburgh had reported seeing smoke on or around one of the wings just before the crash. This is only hearsay, but the expert believed that the evidence of smoke might be related to the fact that the plane had been shot down.
I find it hard to believe. There were eyewitnesses on the ground who were interviewed. Don't you think one of them would have seen a missile heading for the a/c, or at least a military a/c near the commercial one?
My theory is that the flight crew somehow overpowered the hijackers and in the process brought the plane down.
Huwster From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2400 times:
I think the theory of a military a/c bringing this plane down is a little too hyped.
I agree too with rotation18L that the crew brought the plane down after overpowering the terrorists so as to save more lives - afterall; a commercial pilot would rather ditch the plane in open space (and have some casualties) rather than risk more lives by taking the plane down in a city - am I way off track here ???
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2379 times:
I have heard the possiblities that the crew was able to retake the plane, but there has been an eye witness that has said he saw the plane fly over head, followed by two fighter jets. I believe it was the latter. It was a measure that needed to be taken.
GOT From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2304 times:
Official sources have denied that US AirForce shot down the a/c. I believe that the crew managed to overpower the hijackers and crash the plane far from highly populated areas.
But this raises new questions. There must have been a reason that they crashed and didn't return to an airport. The reasons I can see are the following:
1. The hijackers lost control over the a/c.
2. The plane was damaged in some way, and wasn't able to fly.
3. The hijackers wheren't defeated and the pilot wanted to get the plane on the ground as soon as possible.
None of these options seems to fit perfect, and there might be more options that I haven't thougt of.
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Mh772 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2236 times:
I heard 3 passengers tried to overpower and succeeded on taking the plane back from the terrorists, after they took hold of the plane, none of them knew how to fly it and they tried to climb because they were only about 2000 feet high but they climbed too steeply and the plane just stalled and turned left diving into the fields..... that's what I heard but I'm not sure if it's true though.....
Leon From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2174 times:
Shoot down theory is not credible. The Air Force would own up to it if true, since everybody would understand under the circumstances. the CVR will tell us for sure.
I want to know if the crew on that plane knew about the prior hijacks--enough time had passed for them to know. Also: I read a newstory that said that F-15s were scrambled when ATC overheard the pilots keyed microphone on AA 11. Anybody else see that? If so, where were they for UA 175?