Was passierte wirklich mit Flug 93 ?

Nach der offiziellen Version startete Flug 93 um 8.42 Uhr vom Flughafen Newark. Gegen 10 Uhr das letzte Lebenszeichen: Der Schlachtruf „let´s roll“, mit dem der Passagier Todd Beamer den Angriff auf die Entführer eingeleitet haben soll, so die erste offizielle Version. Seit September gibt es nun eine zweite offizielle Version. Laut FBI sollen es nun die Hijacker gewesen sein, die die Maschine selbst zum Absturz brachten. Daneben gibt es in Amerika auch noch die Theorie, die von einem Abschuß des Flugzeuges durch Abfangjäger ausgeht. Wir glauben, anhand der Zeugenaussagen und der für einen Flugunfall untypischen Unfallstelle, dass dort kein großes Passagierflugzeug abstürzte und es noch eine andere Version von Flug 93 geben muss.

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TIMELINE

Before 10:06 A.M. Vor Einschlag / Aufschlag. Augenzeugen berichten.
Numerous eyewitnesses see and hear Flight 93 just before its crash:

 

Tim Lensbouer, 35, Purbaugh's co-worker: ''I heard it for 10 or 15 seconds and it sounded like it was going full bore,'' Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 09-12-01

Terry Butler, 40, Auto Wreckers, co-workers Homer Barron, 49, and Jeff Phillips at Stoystown, a few miles north of Lambertsville. "It dropped out of the clouds." too low for a commercial flight, Butler said. „The plane rose slightly, trying to gain altitude, then "it just went flip to the right and then straight down." [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 9/12/01]

Ernie Stuhl, the mayor of Shanksville: "I know of two people -- I will not mention names -- that heard a missile. They both live very close, within a couple of hundred yards... This one fellow's served in Vietnam and he says he's heard them, and he heard one that day."
[Philadelphia Daily News, 11/15/01]

Michael Merringer, two miles from the crash site: "I heard the engine gun two different times and then I heard a loud bang..." (AP)

Rob Kimmel, several miles from the crash site: "I saw the top of the plane, not the bottom."
[The book Among the Heroes, 8/02, p. 210-211]

Tim Thornsberg, working in a nearby strip mine: "It came in low over the trees and started wobbling. Then it just rolled over and was flying upside down for a few seconds ... and then it kind of stalled and did a nose dive over the trees." [WPXI Channel 11, 9/13/01]

Eric Peterson, 28, an off-duty corrections officer, was an eyewitness to the crash.
"It was burning when it hit the ground," Peterson said. "When it went down, it was in one piece. It was flying low, real low. "We couldn't see past the tree-line, but we knew it crashed. I didn't think it was going to clear these places. It looked like it tumbled."
PENNSYLVANIA NEWSPAPER 12.Sept. 2001

Augenzeugen, die von einer zweiten Maschine berichten:

"At least half a dozen named individuals ... have reported seeing a second plane flying low and in erratic patterns, not much above treetop level, over the crash site. They describe the plane as a small, white jet with rear engines and no discernible markings."
[Independent, 8/13/02]

One of the witnesses early on was Susan Mcelwain. Two others were Dennis Decker and Rick Chaney, who were at work making wooden pallets when they heard an explosion and came running outside to watch a large mushroom cloud spreading over the ridge.

Susan Mcelwain: Less than a minute before the Flight 93 crash rocked the countryside, she sees a small white jet with rear engines and no discernible markings swoop low over her minivan near an intersection and disappear over a hilltop, nearly clipping the tops of trees lining the ridge. [Bergen Record, 9/14/01]
She later adds, "There's no way I imagined this plane - it was so low it was virtually on top of me. It was white with no markings but it was definitely military, it just had that look. It had two rear engines, a big fin on the back like a spoiler on the back of a car and with two upright fins at the side. I haven't found one like it on the internet. It definitely wasn't one of those executive jets. The FBI came and talked to me and said there was no plane around... But I saw it and it was there before the crash and it was 40 feet above my head. They did not want my story - nobody here did." [Mirror, 9/13/02]

Könnte Susan Mcelwain vielleicht eine A-10 Thunderbolt gesehen haben - ein Erdkampfflugzeug? "Erdkampf" deshalb, weil die Maschine darauf spezialisiert ist, aus niedriger Höhe Panzer mit Maschinengewehren zu bekämpfen und Bomben abzuwerfen." Aus: Operation 9/11 - Angriff auf den Globus

Tom Spinelli, 28, working at Indian Lake Marina a mile and a half away, echoes the other
witnesses: "I saw the white plane. It was flying around all over the place like it was looking for
something. I saw it before and after the crash." [Mirror, 9/13/02]

Dennis Decker and Rick Chaney, Decker speaking: "As soon as we looked up [after hearing the Flight 93 crash], we saw a midsized jet flying low and fast. It appeared to make a loop or part of a circle, and then it turned fast and headed out." Decker and Chaney described the plane as a Learjet type, with engines mounted near the tail and painted white with no identifying markings. "It was a jet plane, and it had to be flying real close when that 757 went down. If I was the FBI, I'd find out who was driving that plane."
[Bergen Record, 9/14/01]

Jim Brandt sees a small plane with no markings stay about one or two minutes over the crash site before leaving. [Pittsburgh Channel, 9/12/01]

At least two witnesses in Shanksville said they saw a large plane circling the crash site following the explosion.
Bob Page: "It sure wasn't no puddle jumper," said Bob Page, general salesmanager at Shanksville Dodge. Page said he could not see if there were any markings on the plane or what kind it was. State and federal officials could not confirm reports of a possible second plane in the area. "I feel terrible for the people who were on that (downed) plane," Page said. He had moved a small portable television outside so employees could follow coverage of events unfolding in their own back yard. PENNSYLVANIA NEWSPAPER 12. Sept. 2001

Lee Purbaugh, 32, working just his second day at Rollock Inc., a scrap yard next to the reclaimed strip-mine land, looked up from operating a burning torch to see the jetliner just 40 feet above him.: ''I couldn't believe this,'' Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 09-12-01

Lee Purbaugh, 300 yards away: "There was an incredibly loud rumbling sound and there it was, right there, right above my head; maybe 50 feet up... I saw it rock from side to side then, suddenly, it dipped and dived, nose first, with a huge explosion, into the ground. I knew immediately that no one could possibly have survived." [Independent, 8/13/02]
Lee Purbaugh: "I didn't get a good look but it was white and it circled the area about
twice and then it flew off over the horizon." [Mirror, 9/13/02]

10:06 A.M. Einschlag / Aufschlag

Der Rauchpilz, der nicht zu einem Flugzeugabsturz passt?

Rose Goodwin: "When the plane hit, it sounded like something just fell on the roof. Everybody sort of panicked," she said. "I went to the window and saw all this smoke coming up and I just pointed and screamed."

Jim Stop of Somerset was fishing at the Indian Lake marina, about three miles from the crash site, when he looked up and saw the plane overhead. "I heard the engine whine and scream," Stop said. He then heard an explosion and saw a fireball.“
PENNSYLVANIA NEWSPAPER 12. Sept. 2001

Michael R. Merringer "I heard the engine gun two different times and then I heard a loud bang and the windows of the houses all around rattled," Merringer said. "I looked up and I saw the smoke coming up." The Jackson Sun -

Lucy Menear The impact "sounded like dynamite," said Lucy Menear, 83, who lives less than a half-mile from the crash site. "It seems as though everything was falling apart."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 09-12-01


ERSTE AUGENZEUGEN am TATORT
 

Jeff Phillips: Als wir zur Einschlagstelle kamen haben wir erst einmal gesucht. Wir waren über zwanzig Leute, die Rettungskräfte und die Feuerwehr und wir haben uns alle angesehen und gefragt, wo sind die Leute, wo ist das Flugzeug. Alles was da war, waren kleine Stücke, das größte was wir auf dem Boden gefunden haben war gerade mal so groß ( macht eine tellergroße Handbewegung ) Wir haben gesucht und uns gefragt, wo ist der Rest von dem Flugzeug?
WDR Doku: "Täuschung oder Wahrheit?"

Nena Lensbouer, 300 yards away, was one of the first people to reach the crash, about a half mile from the scrap metal yard and about two miles from Shanksville. "There was just a crater in the ground," Lensbouer said. "It was just a big hole." "If you hadn't known it was a plane crash, you wouldn't have been able to tell that." The New Journal 14.09.2001

Nena Lensbouer: "My instinct was to run toward it, to try to help" said Nina Lensbouer, Tim's Lensbouer's wife and a former volunteer firefighter. "But I got there and there was nothing - nothing there but charcoal. Instantly, it was charcoal." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 09-12-01

John Meyer, Reporter WJAC-TV: "There was just a big hole in the ground. All I saw was a crater filled with small, charred plane parts. Nothing that would even tell you that it was the plane. You just can´t believe a whole plane went into this crater. First thought I had was. There were no suitcases, no recognizable plane parts, no body parts." Book: Running toward DANGER

Yates Caldwell: "There was a hole in the ground -- that was it," said Yates Caldwell, the pilot who was at the controls of the 10-passenger corporate jet for Greensboro, N.C.-based apparel maker VF Corp. "There was no way to know what it was .... I didn't know there had been a crash until I landed, until I was on the ground in Johnstown."

Charles Sturtz, 53: He got to the crash scene even before the firefighters. "The biggest pieces you could find were probably four feet (long). Most of the pieces you could put into a shopping bag, and there were clothes hanging from the trees." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 09-12-01

Terry Butler, 40, Auto Wreckers, co-workers Homer Barron, 49, and Jeff Phillips at Stoystown, a few miles north of Lambertsville Barron and Phillips drove to the crash scene and found a smoky hole in the ground. A few firefighters had already begun pouring water onto the debris.

Barron: ''It didn't look like a plane crash because there was nothing that looked like a plane,''
Phillips: ''There was one part of a seat burning up there,'' said. ''That was something you could recognize.''
Barron: "I never seen anything like it," Barron said. "Just like a big pile of charcoal."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 09-12-01

ca. 10:18 AM
Mark Stahl of Somerset, a 32-year-old petroleum salesman, was working on his office computer when he heard the crash. He followed plumes of billowing smoke to the scene. Carrying a digital camera, Stahl arrived at the site 15 minutes after the plane fell from the sky. He began taking photographs of the still-smoking scene. Later, he showed them to people who crowded around his car in a cornfield filled with reporters, photographers and large television trucks spouting giant satellite dishes.

"I heard the boom, followed the smoke and came up on this," Stahl said as he displayed an 8-by-10-inch photo of the crash site. About 30 firemen were at the scene when he arrived, Stahl said. He didn't realize a passenger jet had crashed until a firefighter told him.

"It's unbelievable," he said.
PENNSYLVANIA NEWSPAPER 12. Sept. 2001

Stahl said. "It was shocking." „There´s a crater gouged in the earth, the plane is pretty much disintegrated. There´s mothing left but scorched trees,“
Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110

Ron Delano, who lives about two miles from the crash site, also rushed to the scene after hearing about the crash: "If they hadn't told us a plane had wrecked, you wouldn't have known. It looked like it hit and disintegrated," Delano said. PENNSYLVANIA NEWSPAPER 12. Sept. 2001

John Walsh, 72, who heard the crash and drove to the site while still in his bathrobe.
"When I got there, the plane was obliterated. You couldn't see the cockpit or the wings or nothing."

Die Staatspolizisten von Pennsylvania sagten später, sie hätten in den Stunden nach dem Absturz kein Stück des Flugzeugs gesehen, das größer war als ein Telefonbuch. Quelle: „Among the Heroes“ (Todes-Flug UA 93, S: 324), Jere Longmann

Police spokesman Trooper Thomas Spallone of Troop A in Greensburg:
"Once it hit, everything just disintegrated," he said. "There are just shreds of metal. The longest piece I saw was 2 feet long." PENNSYLVANIA NEWSPAPER 12. Sept. 2001

Capt. Frank Monaco of the Pennsylvania State Police.
"There's nothing in the ground you can see," Monaco said of the crash site. "It just looks like tiny pieces of debris." The Jackson Sun -

Capt. Frank Monaco: „We haven't seen anything bigger than a phone book, certainly nothing that would resemble a part of a plane," said Capt. Frank Monaco of the Pennsylvania State Police.
COX NEWS SERVICE

The impact crater is 8 to 10 feet deep and 15 to 20 feet long, said Capt. Frank Monaco of the Pennsylvania State Police. The Baltimore Sun
Nick Tweardy, 20, of Stoneycreek Township: "You couldn't see nothing," said Nick. "We couldn't tell what we were looking at. There's just a huge crater in the woods."
3899 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110

ca 10.45 AM
Wallace Miller, coroner of Somerset County,
He was stunned at how small the smoking crater looked, he says, "like someone took a scrap truck, dug a 10-foot ditch and dumped all this trash into it." Once he was able to absorb the scene, Miller says, "I stopped being coroner after about 20 minutes, because there were no bodies there. It became like a giant funeral service." Bible Network News, 26.juni 2002

„Ich habe keinen Tropfen Blut gesehen, nicht einmal am ersten Tag“ Quelle: „Among the Heroes“ (Todes-Flug UA 93, S: 324), Jere Longmann

"I've seen a lot of highway fatalities where there's fragmentation," Miller said. "The interesting thing about this particular case is that I haven't, to this day, 11 months later, seen any single drop of blood. Not a drop. The only thing I can deduce is that the crash was over in half a second. There was a fireball 15-20 metres high, so all of that material just got vaporised."

„Wenn man es nicht wusste, hätte man glauben können, das Flugzeug sei ohne Insassen gewesen“, sagte Miller. „Man hätte meinen können, sie hätten sie woanders abgesetzt“.
Quelle: „Among the Heroes“ (Todes-Flug UA 93,S: 274), Jere Longmann

He estimated the average weight of each of the 44 people aboard flight 93 was 79.5
kilograms, for a total body mass of 3500 kilograms. "We recovered 270 kilograms....,
„none of which are bigger than a coin.“ Wally Miller

Bergungsarbeiten

Wo also sind die Trümmerteile? Wo sind die Wracks?

Geschlagene 13 Tage lang seien Ermittler damit beschäftigt gewesen, "die Trümmer zu bergen. Das schwerste gefundene Teil, ein Triebwerkssegement, wog nahezu eine Tonne", so der Spiegel.

13 Tage? Das würde dann wohl heißen, daß die wackeren Fahnder vom 11. bis zum 24. September 2001 Trümmerteil auf Trümmerteil, wenn schon nicht zu Dokumentationszwecken fotografierten, so doch einsammelten. Wie die Blattschneiderameisen müssen sie Wrackteil auf Wrackteil aus dem Wald und von der Wiese gewuchtet haben, so soll man diese Schilderung wohl verstehen.

Nun haben wir eine der Verschwörungstheorien völlig unverdächtige Zeugin, die die Unfallstelle just in der Hälfte dieser Zeit besuchte, nämlich am 17. September 2001. Es ist Lisa Beamer, die Witwe des inzwischen degradierten oder auch nur suspendierten Helden von Flug 93, Todd Beamer (denn inzwischen sollen ja nicht er und seine Kumpels, sondern die Terroristen das Flugzeug zum Absturz gebracht haben. Wenn diese allerdings die Gewalt über die Maschine hatten - wieso sind sie dann nicht weiter in Richtung auf ihr Ziel
geflogen? Rätsel über Rätsel.

Lisa Beamer also besuchte die Unfallstelle am 17. September, laut Spiegel mitten in den schweißtreibenden Aufräumarbeiten. Es lohnt sich, ihrer Erzählung einen Moment zu lauschen:

"Als wir die Stelle erreichten, war ich überrascht, wie gewöhnlich es dort aussah. Sie wirkte eher wie eine Baustelle als wie der Schauplatz eines Flugzeugabsturzes. Schwere Maschinen standen entlang der eigentlichen Absturzstelle, und immer noch untersuchten Männer in weißen Bio-Schutzanzügen das Gelände.

Die Maschine war auf einem offenen Feld niedergegangen, einem Gelände, auf dem einmal Kohle-Tagebau betrieben worden war und das seither wieder urbar gemacht, nivelliert und bepflanzt worden ist. In der Ferne konnte ich ein Farmhaus erkennen, aber sonst waren kilometerweit im Umkreis keine Gebäude zu sehen. Im Stillen dankte ich Gott dafür. Im Vergleich mit den grauenhaften Szenen der Verwüstung auf Ground Zero und am
Pentagon wirkte dieser Ort beinahe friedlich.

Die Bundesbehörden wollten uns nicht zu nahe an die genaue Stelle heranlassen , wo die Maschine auf dem Boden aufgeschlagen war, aber sie gaben sich große Mühe, sie uns zu beschreiben und alle unsere Fragen darüber zu beantworten, wie die Maschine ihrer Meinung nach zu Boden gegangen war. Die Aufschlagstelle war aschfarben und sah aus wie ein großes, aufgeblähtes Kreuz auf dem Boden.

Ich sah nirgendwo auch nur ein einziges Trümmerstück. Die Beamten sagten uns, sie hätten einige Maschinenteile gefunden, ein großes Stück in einem Teich etwa eine halbe Meile entfernt und ein paar kleine Fragmente, etwa so groß wie ein Notizbuch. Ansonsten hatte sich das Flugzeugn komplett in seine Bestandteile aufgelöst. Winzige Trümmerteile steckten in den Bäumen rund um das Feld. Mehr als vierhundert Helfer hatten das Gebiet durchkämmt und nach Bruchstücken oder irgendwelchen Gegenständen abgesucht, anhand derer
man Opfer hätte identifizieren können. Doch es wurde nur wenig gefunden. Wegen dem wieder urbar gemachten Tagebau war der Boden hier weicher als in der Umgebung. Die Maschine hatte sich in den Boden gebohrt wie ein Löffel in eine Tasse Kaffee: der Löffel verdrängte den Kaffee, und dann schloss sich der Kaffee sofort wieder um
den Löffel, als hätte nichts seine Oberfläche aufgestört. Was immer von Flug 93 übrig war, lag tief im Boden vergraben." (aus: Beamer/Abraham: Todd sagte: "Lets roll!", S. 208f.)

Mitten in den vom Spiegel geschilderten Aufräumarbeiten sah Lisa Beamer also "nicht ein einziges Trümmerstück". Stattdessen erzählte man ihr eine nette Geschichte von einer Tasse Kaffee, mit deren Hilfe das ehemalige Tagebaugebiet in eine Art Sumpf verwandelt wurde, der die Maschine einfach verschluckt hatte. Nur: wenn das stimmen würde, hätte man die Maschine ja komplett bergen können müssen, und dann wäre sie auch nicht so schlimm verbrannt, sondern die Flammen wären von diesem "Sumpf" gelöscht bzw. erstickt worden.

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Abschlussbericht

FBI Completes Flight 93 Investigation

FBI officials said they expected the work at the site to take three to five weeks. On Monday, Crowley said good weather and a large number of workers -- as many as 1,500 in less than two weeks' time -- allowed the work to go more quickly.
He said that the biggest piece of the aircraft which was found was a piece of the outer portion of the fuselage, which measures about 6 feet by 7 feet and included four windows. The heaviest piece found was a part of an engine fan weighing about 1,000 pounds, Crowley said.

 

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