Plane Shot Down

Wed Sep 12, 2001 9:25 am

I'm quite sure that the plane that crashed in Pensylvania was shot down...let me recap the events that have brought me to my current opinion...

After the first plane had crashed into the pentagon, a reporter on CNN said that another plane was headed towards the Pentagon, and would arrive within 15 minutes or so. A moment later the same reporter said that he/she (I forget the sex) saw an F-15 fly overhead. That plane never materialized at the "crashed" in Pensylvania. I'm not taking any sides as to whether I believe this was a correct step, but I do believe it happened and that the gov't aught to let the people know what they did. Also, a 911 call, which might have included info about this plane crash, has been taken in by the FBI. Well, why this tape? They have released every tidbit of info except this tape. Hmm.

By the way, my most sincerest condolences to those affected by the events of today.

RE: Plane Shot Down

Wed Sep 12, 2001 9:54 am

my view is quite obvious...the pilot knew about all the crap going on at the time, knew there were terrorists somehow, knew it was going to go somewhere important, probably whitehouse or chicago or LA, so he delibretly crashed it himself so it wouldn't do further damage

RE: Plane Shot Down

Wed Sep 12, 2001 9:59 am

I dont believe that any of the Airline's pilots were at command for these crashes...the terrorists crashed the planes into the buildings, and the plane that went down in Pensylvania probably had a terrorist at the helm...The fighters shot down the Jet in a fashion so that it looked like a crash, that way their judgement would not be questioned, unless they choose to make their decision public. C
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RE: Plane Shot Down

Wed Sep 12, 2001 10:03 am

Were there not several eye witneses? I head a guy say he say the plane flying erratically, and did not see a missile, as if there was some struggle for the controls...

RE: Plane Shot Down

Wed Sep 12, 2001 10:13 am

I doubt the military trains their pilots how to shoot aircraft down "in a fashion so that it looked like a crash".

If this aircraft was shot down (and it very possibly was) it was after repeated attempts to communicate, and for failure to comply with intercept instructions. This is a reasonable and appropriate military action given the proven potential for damage by UAL93.

If the aircraft was not shot down, odds are there was a struggle between the flight crew and the hijackers; the flight was then directed to the ground by the flightcrew, or just happened to go that way due to a temporary loss of control.


RE: Plane Shot Down

Wed Sep 12, 2001 10:17 am

Dude, I'm sure the Air Force knows how to take a plane down without blowing it to smitherines. Try shooting the engines, just a guess.
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RE: Plane Shot Down

Wed Sep 12, 2001 10:19 am

I think you are all jumping way too fast to conclusions. Why in the world do you think it was shot down? Where do you have the evidence for that? One F-15? It's hard to believe, and I think you are thinking too deeply about it (I don't believe in this conspiracy idea).
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RE: Plane Shot Down

Wed Sep 12, 2001 10:23 am

It is possible that they just shot out the engines, even with their guns and not necessarily missles, as they weren't dog-fighting but probbably had a long time to line up a decent shot. But even if they did use missles, they'd probably use sidewinders which are heat seeking and would go for the engines, and possibly leave the wings fairly intact.... so it's quite possible.
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RE: Plane Shot Down

Wed Sep 12, 2001 10:28 am

Yeah, I heard that the plane's that crashed in Pittsburgh and Camp David didn't crash but in fact were shot down by F15's and F16's. They US government denied shooting any of the planes but if you look at the facts and the chronology of both planes it's just clear that they were shot from the skies.
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RE: Plane Shot Down

Wed Sep 12, 2001 10:28 am

I'd like to think that it was a very brave pilot who gave his life in order to prevent the aircraft from being used as a big-ass bomb. I think he found a pretty unpopulated spot to ditch the aircraft.

RE: Plane Shot Down

Wed Sep 12, 2001 10:30 am

...or maybe the US air force found an unpopulated spot to take it down and ditch it. Less eyewitnesses, and less deaths on the ground.
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RE: Plane Shot Down

Wed Sep 12, 2001 10:31 am

The 757 was a mere 15 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. The 70 story USX building there would make a tempting target.

My guess is the reality of the situation was apparent. The 757, with an actual passenger real-time reporting that it had been commandeered, was viewed as a significant threat. The area in which it crashed was rural.

I have a feeling someone in the national command authority made a very terrible but neccessary decision and some young fighter pilot was instructed to do something that he'll never forgive himself for.

"The good of the many outweighs the good of the one".

I will be in deep thought tonight, asking that the souls of those aboard, and those in New York and Washington are now in a place far better than this.
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Wed Sep 12, 2001 11:12 am

Eye witnesses clearly stated that BOTH engines were running! The plane managed to put a 30 by 40 by 20 ft deep crater into the ground similar to what flight 427 of U.S. Airways did outside of PIT.
If the plane was shot down it would have broken up or would have lost power. I am sure that if it did get closer this would have happened but it has been denied and the witness accounts do not lead up to a shoot down.
I would suspect that the flight crew were heroes. Along with the people aboard that aircraft. While they all perished today was deeply heart wrenching. They had helped save many lives with these actions.

As for Boeing aircraft being used, well have any of you ever tried to get into an Airbus sim compared to a Boeing sim? Ask anybody at Flight Safety Intl. they will tell you
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RE: Plane Shot Down

Thu Sep 13, 2001 5:37 am

The a/c crashed in the middle of nowhere. I believe that CNN said that the a/c was 80 miles from camp david, and 80 miles from downtown Pittsburg. If they were to shoot it down, don't you think they would wait until it was fairly close to a potential target? Why do you think that the US Gov would want to cover this up if it was shot down? Don't you think that the American people would understand and support that decision knowing what kind of damage it could do?

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RE: Plane Shot Down

Thu Sep 13, 2001 6:10 am

CNN just reported that the passengers on the UA 757 decided to try to overpower the hijackers, the struggle must have been the reason for the crash.

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RE: Plane Shot Down

Thu Sep 13, 2001 6:32 am

People on board the a/c made phone calls; one was a man from California who told his wife (paraphrased from reports) "We've been hijacked; we're all going to die, but three of us are going to do something about it."

Eyewitnesses said that the plane appeared to be flying in a landing-type configuration with engine noise, then nosedived into the ground.

It sounds to me like there was a struggle in the cockpit. Whether the person flying it was actually trying to land or flying low to evade radar is still not known. However, this plane is the only one that has a decent chance for recovery of the CVR and FDRs, so we might find out.

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