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UA 93 takes off

Part of 9-11

Event Details
Primary OrganizationUnited Airlines Flight 93 Hijackers
Other Organization9-11 plotters
Other OrganizationAl-Qaeda
LocationNewark Liberty International Airport, EWR, Newark, New Jersey, United States
Time0842 local, Sept. 11, 20011
ParticipantsZiad Jarrah, Saeed al-Ghamdi, Ahmed al-Nami, Ahmed al-Haznawi
Narrative and Notes
ReliableUnited Flight 93 took off from Newark about 25 minutes later; it was scheduled to depart the gate at 8 p.m., but its takeoff was delayed because of heavy airport traffic.

On board the Boeing 757 were Captain Jason Dahl, First Officer Leroy Homer, five flight attendants and 37 passengers, including the four hijackers.

Ziad Jarrah, the only trained pilot on board, sat in seat 1B, the closest to the cockpit. Al-Nami sat in 3C, Al-Ghamdi in 3D and al-Haznawi in 6B.

In addition to its late departure, this flight differed from the three others in that only four hijackers, instead of five, were on board. It is believed the fifth was to be Mohamed al-Khatani, who was not allowed into the United States by immigration authorities a month previous.

The flight crew was unaware of the hijacking of American Airlines Flight 11 when the plane took off.

In fact, no warning reached the plane about the chaos in America's skies until 9:23 a.m.

At 9:26, the hijackers struck.1
1The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 1.1.
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