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T7 B7 John Raidt Work Files- Shooting Story Fdr- Email From Team 7 to Zelikow Re Facts vs Fiction 9-12-01 Case Study- Shooting AA 11

T7 B7 John Raidt Work Files- Shooting Story Fdr- Email From Team 7 to Zelikow Re Facts vs Fiction 9-12-01 Case Study- Shooting AA 11

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TO: Philip Zelikow
FM:
Team
7
RE:
Facts vs. FictionDATE:
9/12/2001
CASE
STUDYThe Question:
Do the
facts
support allegations thatashootingoccurred
aboard
American Airlines
Flight
11
on
September
11,
2001?
9'*~
ThfcWsti
vanhoftinp
o66utrad
a
memomndunriSrttten on
September 11,2001
ffinhtntl^dtmt nfriimUhr.plfrom
aa-internal
Published accounts of the FAA memohi include the following:
av.
9/11
Group
Troubled By
Gun
Reporti
FAA
Error.
FamiliesSeeking
Probe.
February
28,2002.
Washington
Post,
AirportsScreened
Nine
of
September
11
Hijackers.
Officials
Say.
March
2,2002,
pg
Al
1.
United
Press
International,
Insider
Notes
from
United
Press
International
forMarch62002
\s
that unfolded or
to have occurred.
Background:
'evidence/derived
from
eyewitness-sccoffiffs
ofthe
,#11,
doesnotsupportaconclusion thata
shooting
islikely
FAA
"Executive
Summary" preparedat5:13pm onSeptember
11,2001
by FAApersonnel
contain^
the
following
passage:
V
i
"The
American
Airlines
FAA
principal Security Inspector
(PSI)
was
notified
by
Suzanne
Clarke ofAmerican
Airlines
CorporateHeadquarters that
an on
board
flight attendant
contacted American
Airline
Operations
Center
and
informed
that a
passenger
located
in
seat
10B
shot
and
killed
apassengerin
seat
9B at
9:20 a.m.
The
passenger
killed
was Dan Lewin, shot by
passenger
Satam
Al
Suqami. One
bullet
was reported to
have
been fired."
 
The FAA
"Executive
Summary"wasproducedby
SHIRLEY
MILLERIS
IDENTIFYINGTHE
AUTHOR
OF THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY) frominformation
collected
if
tine
Federal AviationAdministration
x!ommand
Center during
ito-activati$A
W
in
response to the crisis on September
11,2001.
Commission staff interviewed'Inspector cited in the "Executive Summary." [
M
ro is the FAA
Principal
Securitydepicts
the
information
she
received
from
Ms.
Clark.
t the
summary accurately
Ms.
•SuBSmje*
Clark
of AiuuillUI
Airiiaes
testified
to the
General Accounting
Office
that
she
made
no
such statement
tol
land that
the
information
in the
memorandum
is
erroneous. (CONFIRMING THIS
WITH
GAO)
,
\:
\e
attendants
aboard
AAL
#11
to
American Airlines personnel
on the
ground.
At
least
onephejjg'tSIl
was placed by flight
attendant BETTY
ONG to ihe
AmericanAirline>-rgservations centerjo'cated in Raleigh, North Carolina.
At
leasttwoj^ipjje^alls
were placed
by
flight
attendantAMY SWEENEY to American
Airlines
Flight Services personnel located at Bostgja!&£ogan International Airport. Thefirst
call
from
Ms. SWEENEY to Boston
wa^ut^ofpMs.
SWEENET
calle^
backestablishing the second phone contact.
(See
EJbcOment
item : and FBI
30^2).
In
the
course
of
th«lr phone calls,
Ms. ONG and Ms.
SWEENEY reported
p4&
onboard^
until
the
grounding
of the
aircraft.
(See
FBI ;
A
four-minute portion
of the
estimated
20 to 25
minute phone call placed
by Ms.
to the
American Airlines Reservation Center
was
recorded
on
tape.
Ms. ONG
reported
,,
that.(INSERT
TRANSCRIPT
INFO.
I
HAVE
ON
FILE
AT
FBI).
The
transcriptprovides no account of either the presence of a gun
abeasdor
the incidence of a shooting.
The
Commission
staff
has
identified
at
least sevenindividualswhoheard
all,
 OTportions
of,
the
phone calls
from
fliutn'mijjiLiiit/ls.
ONG and Ms.
SyWEENEY/
....
^
^
=s
ss«==
B
 a
"
The
witnees
include:
MICHAEL
WQJQPW^REU
^IV^^^dNE.
'
IWlNSTQ^ADLERafid
::"
:
'
::
"9/i
1
Working-level
Employee
necalis.
ix
of these witnesses were interviewed. fodividuaHv.
by
the
(Staff
can
locate
no FBI
interview
ofl
\.
witnessesepmt
that both Ms. ONG and Ms. SWEENEY explicitly reported that the
hijackers
possessecMcnives,
mace and possibly a bomb.
Sre
witnesses
reporfcr
 
The witnesses report that Ms. ONG and Ms. SWEENEY reported that two flightattendants
had
been
"stabbed"
and
that
a
passenger
in
business class
who had
been
1
slashed'was
mortally wounded. The
witnesses
report no mention of any
crewmember
orpassenger having been shot.
..
/
Accountsof the calls from Ms. ONG and Ms. SWEENEY were provided to the AmericanAirlines
System
Operations Center (SOC)
in
Dallas,
Texas,
e^hii^the
calls were
in
_prpgress
>
>The Commission
can find no
evidence
thatseparate
calif wace placed
to the
TEyany flight
attendant
from
AAL
#11.
J
Discussion:
Differing
Stories
A
troubling aspect
of the question
about
a
shooting aboard AAL
#HjwtrIe
opposingstatements by Ms. CLARK
andl
Imaintairisttiat
Ms. CLARKreported
the
account
of a
shooting aboard
AAL
#11
exactb/lis
described
in the FAA
memorandum.Ms. CLARK says she made nosuch:
.e*»
discrepant accounts
focusron
the
questiorfof what
Ms.
CLARK toldl
I
The more importantquestion/ftwhether
the
tacts
suggest that such
a
shootin^indeed
took place. Clearly, the
WR
evidence of what occurred aboard AAL
#11
is the eyewitness reports
pov33*4
by
—Flight
Attendant BETTY ONG and Flight Attendant AMY
^SWEENEY,
and by the first
hand witnesses
Eyewitnesses
Ms. ONG and Ms. SWEENEY placed phone calls
from
aboard the aircraft to AmericanAirlines authorities
on the
ground
in
accordance with
the air
carrier's
hijacking protocol.The protocol directs
flight
crews
to
contact ground personnel
as
soon
as
possible
to
provide
a
situation report
of the
emergency, including
key
details such
as the
precise seatsignment
of
the perpetrators.
«
<<p
\J>
JL
L»-ff
6
.
thx
UAxxJA'C^
&W
rv^\*
^
i^_
y^JJ
u
^**
The
Gommiwion
note^nat
the flight
attendants
did
their duty with remarkable courageand
composure,
afl&femained
in
phone contact with authorities
up to the
grounding
of
the
aircraft.
79/11
/
Working-levelEmployee
Wi
Neither
the
tape recorded portion
of Ms. ONG's
call,
nor the
accounts
by six
separatewitnesses
to the
calls
indicate/that
either
Ms. ONG or Ms.
SWEENEY reported
the
presence
of a gun or the
incidence
of a
shooting.
The flight
attendants were quite specific
j
about the kind of weapons they reported
present—knives,
mace and a
bomb—and
the
^o
nature of the assaults on aboard—the "stabbing" of two other flight attendants and apassenger.

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