Airlines drop flight numbers of crashed US planes
DALLAS, Sept 24 (Reuters) - American Airlines and United Airlines have retired the number designations that were used by the flights hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks, the carriers said on Monday.
``It´s an American Airlines policy in line with industry practice to retire flight numbers of flights that crash with fatalities,´´ American spokesman John Hotard said. American, the world´s largest airline, is a unit of Fort Worth, Texas-based AMR Corp (NYSE:AMR - news).
A spokeswoman for UAL Corp's (NYSE:UAL - news) United confirmed the Chicago-based carrier had also removed the affected flight numbers from its schedule as soon as flying resumed after a two-day security closure of U.S. airspace.
American Airlines Flight 11 and United Flight 175, which both departed from Boston's Logan airport, were hijacked and flown into New York's World Trade Center. American Flight 77 out of Washington's Dulles airport was used to slam into the Pentagon. A fourth plane, United Flight 93, left from Newark and crashed in Pennsylvania. The planes were loaded with fuel for cross country trips to the West Coast.
Nearly 7,000 people are missing or dead in the attacks.
What's interesting, though, is that contrary to the above info, AA has at least one flight number which was not retired after a fatal crash. AA Flight 1 from IDL (Now JFK) to LAX crashed on March 1, 1962 killing all 95 aboard. That flight still operates on the same route today.
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