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

The Investigation

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, October 15, 2016
1. The Investigation Marker
Inscription. Minutes after the crash, first responders arrive on the scene, along with the Pennsylvania State Police. The September 11 attacks generate the largest investigation in FBI history. The primary goal of the investigation is to recover sufficient evidence to learn who committed the crime, how it was carried out, who financed the operation, and what might happen next.

Clues From Flight 93

Investigators quickly realize that of the four crash sites, the Shanksville location will likely yield the most evidence in the least amount of time. Because Flight 93 crashes in an open field, parts of the plane - including the "black boxes," personal effects, and human remains - can be recovered here more easily.

Enough remains are recovered to positively identify everyone on board the plane. Evidence recovered includes knives, passports belonging to the terrorists, and handwritten documents in Arabic describing the terrorists plans for the attack.

Excavation of the crater reaches a depth of 40 feet where aircraft debris is no longer found. On September 24, 2001, the FBI closes its field investigation and the Somerset County Coroner later fills the crater and restores the scene to its condition before September 11.
 
Location. 40° 3.041′ 
The Investigation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 15, 2016
2. The Investigation Marker
N, 78° 54.098′ 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. “We're going to do something.” (a few steps from this marker); America Attacked! (a few steps from this marker); Mayday! (within shouting distance of 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. Disasters
 
Search image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 15, 2016
3. Search
FBI Evidence Response Teams search the crater, the adjacent field, and the grove of hemlock trees beyond the crash site for evidence.
Close-up of photo on marker
Fuselage Section image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 15, 2016
4. Fuselage Section
Thousands of small pieces of the aircraft are found. This photo shows the largest piece of he plane recovered: a section of the fuselage measuring about 6 feet by 7 feet.
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 359 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 31, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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