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Stonycreek in Somerset County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“We're going to do something.”

 
 
“We're Going to do something.” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 15, 2016
1. “We're Going to do something.” Marker
Inscription. Aboard Flight 93, one terrorist claims to have a bomb strapped to his waist. The crew and passengers are forced to the back of the plane and ordered to be quiet. Using Airfones from the seat backs in the rear of the plane and cellphones, passengers and crew call their families, friends, and authorities to report the hijacking. They soon learn the shocking news that Flight 93 is part of a larger attack, including the news that a third plane, hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, crashed into the Pentagon at 9:37 am. This realization leads to a vote a collective decision to fight back.

Fighting Back

In little more than 30 minutes, these ordinary airline passengers and crew members, strangers to one another, develop a plan and put it into action. They rush forward from the back of the plane toward the hijackers and the cockpit. The cockpit voice recorder captures their struggle: shouts, screams, calls to action, and sounds of breaking glassware.

As the passengers and crew attempt to regain control, a terrorist shouts, “Pull it down!”. In the plane's final moments, it rolls upside down and at 10:03 am, plows into an empty field at a speed of 563 miles per hour. Upon impact, the 7,000 gallons ofjet fuel on board explode, creating a ball offire that rises high above
“We're Going to do something.” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 15, 2016
2. “We're Going to do something.” Marker
the trees. People nearby report that, in the bright sunlight, the black cloud glitters with bits of metal debris.
 
Location. 40° 3.04′ N, 78° 54.085′ W. Marker is in Stonycreek, Pennsylvania, in Somerset County. Marker can be reached from Approach Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stoystown PA 15563, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. America Attacked! (here, next to this marker); Mayday! (a few steps from this marker); The Investigation (a few steps from this marker); Flight 93 National Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Flight 93 National Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Flight 93 Temporary Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Flight 93 (approx. 0.4 miles away); September 11, 2001 (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stonycreek.
 
Categories. DisastersHeroes
 
The Crater image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 15, 2016
3. The Crater
First responders and local citizens arrive to find the crash site and adjacent trees still smoldering, and the ground littered with fragments of the plane. The crater is 15 feet deep and roughly 30 feet across.
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Voice Recorder image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 15, 2016
4. Voice Recorder
The cockpit voice recorder is recovered 25 feet down in the crater at the Flight 93 crash site, and is the only voice recorder from the four hijacked planes to yield evidence. It reveals the voices and sounds in the cockpit during the final 30 minutes of flight.
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 30, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 133 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 30, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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