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T8 B3 Boston Center Alan Miller Fdr- 9-22-03 2 MFR and 1 Handwritten Notes 748

T8 B3 Boston Center Alan Miller Fdr- 9-22-03 2 MFR and 1 Handwritten Notes 748

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[Classification]
MEMORANDUM FOR
THE
RECORD
Event: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Boston Center Field Site Interview with
Alan
Miller,ZBWATC.Typeofevent: InterviewDate: Monday, September22,2003Special Access Issues: NonePrepared by:
Geoffrey
Brown
Team
Number: 8Location: FAA Boston Air Route Center, Nashua, New HampshireParticipants - Non-Commission: John R. Donnelly, FAA Senior Attorney
[(781)
2387045]Participants
-
Commission:
John
Azzarello,
Miles Kara,
Geoffrey
Brown
NOTE: Unless otherwise noted,thefollowing paraphrasestheresponseandopinionofthe interviewee. Please
refer
to the interview transcript for a complete account.
Alan
Miller has been with the FAA since
1989
as a certified professional controller and
has
spent most of his career at Area C.
On
9/11 Miller was assigned to Boston High Sector (above 24,000 ft.) as the RA position(46RA). Prior to sitting down at 46R Miller noted
that
Pete Zilowski was by himself
handling
the situation with
AA11.
He received a very short brief on the situation
from
Zilowski.TheArea
Superviser,
John Shippani,wasaway
from
theaisle briefingTMU on
the
situation. Miller heard that it was a possible hijacking, and Zilowski explained thecircumstancesof the airplane (NORDO, no transponder beacon). He was told that there
were
unclear communications and that the transponder was still emitting the primarycode C when AA11 stopped responding all together north of Chester in Area B. In Area
C
airspace
AA11
received a
flight
data tag and was under primary tracking. Zilowskicontinued to track AA11 southbound
after
the threatening transmissions were
confirmed.
Miller noted
that
other controllers,
or the TMU
alerted other centers
of the
circumstance.Miller took over for Zilowski, and was at the main radar position for Sector 46 at the
first
impact. Miller was told of the impact by John Shippani, and Miller immediately thought
it
was AA11. The
Sector
was
closed
to air
traffic
Miller moved
traffic
to the low
Sector
47,
which
is
approximately 11,000
ft. and
above
to
15,000
ft. and
above over Boston.
Miller
left
for
break since
his
traffic
was
clear
and he saw the
second
hit on the WTC on
 
the break room television.Miller stated that
ATC FAA
training
had
allowed
the
controllers
at ZBW to
successfullyclear
the
skies once
the
order
was
given.
Post-9/11
Miller believes
the FAA has a
different
role
as a
coordinator with
the
military.
He
stated there should
be
more training
for
FAAATCstotake partinthis responsibility.
 
Commission Sensitive
MEMORANDUM
FOR THE RECORD
Event:
Federal
Aviation
Administration
(FAA)
Boston Center
Field
Site
Interview
with
Alan
Miller,ZBWATC.Typeof event: InterviewDate: Monday, September 22, 2003Special Access Issues: NonePreparedby:
Geoffrey
BrownTeamNumber:
8
Location:
FAA
Boston
Air
Route Center, Nashua,
New
HampshireParticipants
-
Non-Commission: John
R.
Donnelly,
FAA
Senior Attorney
[(781)238
7045]Participants - Commission: John
Azzarello,
Miles Kara,
Geoffrey
BrownNOTE: Unless otherwise noted, the following paraphrases the response and opinion of
the
interviewee. Please
refer
to theinterview transcriptfor acomplete account.
Background
Alan Miller has been with the FAA since
1989
as a certified professionalcontroller and has spent most of his career at Area C. On
9/11
Miller was assigned toBoston High Sector (above 24,000 ft.) as the Radar Associate (46RA), assisting PeteZalewski,the Radar Controller at that position (46R).
Morning
of
9-11
Prior
to
sitting down Miller noted that Zalewski
was by
handling
the
situationwith AA11 by himself. Miller received a very short brief on the situation from Zalewski.TheArea Superviser,Jon
Schiapanni,
wasaway
from
theaisle
briefing
the
Traffic
Management Unit (TMU) on the situation. Miller heard that it was a possible hijacking,
and
Zalewski explained the circumstances of the airplane: no communications and notransponder beacon. He was told that there were some unclear communications and thatthetransponder was still at Mode C
flight
level 290 when
AA11
stopped responding alltogether north
of
Chester
in
Area
B's
area
of
responsibility.
In
Area C airspace
AA11
received a
flight
data tag and was under primarytracking. Zalewski continued to track AA11 southbound
after
the threateningtransmissions were confirmed. Miller noted that other controllers, or the TMU alertedother centers of the circumstance. Miller took over for Zalewski, and was at the radar
controller
position for Sector 46 at the
first
impact into the World Trade Center. Miller

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