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Ziad Jarrah

9-11 Suicide Pilot Hijacker


Ziad Jarrah

Means of DeathPlane crashed into field
Date of DeathSept. 11, 2001
Location of DeathShanksville, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliation9-11 plotters
SupervisorMohamed Atta
AffiliationUnited Airlines Flight 93 Hijackers
AffiliationHamburg Cell
Full Given NameZiad Samir Jarrah
Alternate Spelling(s)Zaid Jarrah
Age at Death26
Date of BirthMay 11, 19751
Place of BirthAl Marj, Lebanon2
Narrative and Notes
  • Pilot-hijacker of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers rose up against the hijackers.
  • He came from an affluent family in Lebanon and attended private Christian schools. He moved to Germany in 1996 and found a girlfriend, Aysel Senguen. He lived a secular lifestyle before growing more devout in late 1996 and thereafter. He was fully radicalized by 1999 and joined the other Hamburg plotters around then.
  • But his behavior differed somewhat from the other hijackers in the Hamburg cell. He remained in touch with his family, which tried to dissaude him from his course, and his girlfriend.1
  • He may have harbored doubts about going forward with the attacks.1
    1 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 5.3.
    2 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, says he was born in Mazraa, Lebanon.
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