In the thirteen years since the devastating events of 9/11 numerous questions remain unanswered over the events of the day. People throughout the world have meticulously studied images and videos to try and piece together exact events, and have publically posted their findings online on many forums and websites. However, as time goes on more questions than answers abound and with the ever-diminishing prospect of a ‘real’ investigation, it looks like it will be left up to the man on the street to do his own research, and draw his own conclusions.
United Airlines Flight 93 was one of four US domestic flights that crashed on 9/11 after being hijacked by foreign terrorists. Publically available information states that the hijackers were able to take control of the aircraft approximately 46 minutes after takeoff, with the intention to intentionally crash the plane into either Capitol Hill or the White House. Passengers on the plane, having been appraised of the situation of what had happened in New York and Washington earlier in the morning, decided to fight back and take control of the cockpit. In the ensuing fight the plane crash-landed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania killing all 44 people aboard.
The point of this article today is not to question the official story up to this point, but to look at the physical crash site of this aircraft. However, it is pertinent to note that there are unanswered questions about the flight itself, and you would certainly not do yourself any disservice by investigating them further.
Almost immediately after Flight 93 allegedly crashed, members of the public and emergency personnel rushed to the site on a reclaimed mine strip near Stoneycreek Township. Coming upon the site, they reportedly found a crater 30-40ft wide, some broken trees, a puff or two of smoke, and pretty much nothing else.
On first thoughts, you might think that this is exactly what the scene of a plane crash should look like – that when a plane the size of a Boeing 757-222 plummets into the earth almost everything would be destroyed. However, eyewitnesses on scene starting making comments that later would seem incongruent to a crash site.
Fox News interviewed photographer Chris Konicki live on scene to ask what he saw:
FOX News reporter: It looks like there's nothing there, except for a hole in the ground.
Chris Konicki: Ah, basically that's right. The only thing you can see from where we where, ah, was a big gouge in the earth and some broken trees. We could see some people working, walking around in the area, but from where we could see it, there wasn't much left.
Reporter: Any large pieces of debris at all?
Konicki: Na, there was nothing, nothing that you could distinguish that a plane had crashed there.
Reporter: Smoke? Fire?
Konicki: Nothing. It was absolutely quite. It was, uh, actually very quiet. Um, nothing going on down there. No smoke. No fire. Just a couple of people walking around. They looked like part of the NTSB crew walking around, looking at the pieces..."
- FOX News (09/11/01)
However, Konicki was not the only one to report that a plane could not be found on scene. In fact the mayor of Shanksville himself recorded an interview in 2003, and this is what he said:
"There was no plane," Ernie Stull, mayor of Shanksville, told German television in March 2003. "My sister and a good friend of mine were the first ones there," Stull said. "They were standing on a street corner in Shanksville talking. Their car was nearby, so they were the first here -- and the fire department came. Everyone was puzzled, because the call had been that a plane had crashed. But there was no plane."
"They had been sent here because of a crash, but there was no plane?" the reporter asked.
"No. Nothing. Only this hole."
Nena Lensbouer, who had prepared lunch for the workers at the scrap yard overlooking the crash site, was the first person to go up to the smoking crater.
Lensbouer told AFP that the hole was five to six feet deep and smaller than the 24-foot trailer in her front yard. She described hearing "an explosion, like an atomic bomb" -- not a crash.
By taking into account eyewitness descriptions it makes sense to look closely at the crash site, and determine if there is any evidence of an aeroplane.
Firstly though, let’s look at another recent crash site - Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which was shot down in July 2014 over Ukraine in Eastern Europe.
As you can see from the collection of images below evidence of fuselage, luggage, seats, human remains, clothing, papers all abound over a vast area of the crash site. At the direct impact site the ground and vegetation is charred as a result of the burning jet-fuel.
Now let’s take a look at the site of the Flight 93 crash site as the first responders arrived on scene…
No burning, charring, obvious debris, no signs of fuselage, luggage, or even passengers. Just a hole in the ground.
So now the questions begs to be asked – if United Airlines Flight 93 didn’t crash into a field near Shanksville Pennsylvania, where did it end up?