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FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Transcripts from Voice Recorder 11 September 2001 1227Z-1417Z Northeast Air Defense Sector, Rome, NY

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information recorded on DRM 2. DAT 2. was lost. The incident tape was in the data recorder for playback purposes by SSgt James D Tollack, 305 OSS, McGuire AFB, who was performing the transcription, when the computer equipment failure occurred.

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FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Transcripts from Voice Recorder 11 September 2001 1227Z-1417Z Northeast Air Defense Sector, Rome, NY

(DRM 2, Dat 2 - Channel 14)

12:37:24

O HUNTRESS WEAPONS, SGT POWELL"'

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X ALRIGHT, BOSTON CENTER TMU, WE HAVE A PROBLEM HERE,

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WE HAVE A HIJACKED AIRCRAFT HEADED TOWARDS NEW YORK AND WE NEED YOU GUYS TO, WE NEED SOMEONE TO SCRAMBLE SOME F16'S OR SOMETHING TO HELP US OUT

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O IS THIS REALJWQRLD OR AN EXERCISE X NO. THIS IS REAL WORLD, THIS IS NOT AN EXERCISE. NOT A TEST

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HEH, AH, HOLD ON A SECOND, OKAY

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X YUP

 

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X

(OFFLINE) HEY, HEY . HEY, SERIOUSLY DUDE BIGTIME

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O SIR, SIR, SIR

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X YES SIR

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O YEAH, I GOT AN MCC COMING IN RIGHT NOW TO TALK TO YOU

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SO YOU CAN HANDLE ALL THAT X THANK YOU

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YESSIR

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12:39:00

O HI. THIS IS MAJ DESJONS

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HI. JOE COOPER. BOSTON CENTER <O YES JOE> WE HAVE A

HIJACKED AIRCRAFT HEADED TOWARDS THE NEW YORK

METRO AREA, WONDERING IF YOU

COULD, UMM, SEND

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SOMEONE UP THERE <O NEW YORK METRO> SOME F 1 6S MAYBE OUT OF OTIS O OKAY, DO YOU HAVE A MODE 3 ON IT <X NOPE> DO YOU

UP IN THE AIR AND WE WOULD HAVE TO_yECTORYOUTg WARDS

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HAVE A MODE 3 CODE X NOPE, IT IS JUST A PRIMARY TARGET ONLY, WE LOST, UMM, WE

LOST THE UMM MODE, MODE C ON IT, SO YOU WOULD HAVE TO GET

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THE AIRCRAF T

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OK, OK, SO YDLLWQULD WANJJTO CONTROL THE

INTERCEPT BECAUSE <X WE HAVF. TO> BECAUSE YOU

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WE HAVETO. YES, LINTILYOU GUYS CAN PICK HIM UP ON

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PRIMARY RADAR tTOK, SO~YOU HAVE A GENERAL LOCATION TO WHERE HE IS

TMU FROM POSLTIDKQN CHANNEL 13)

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X WE'RE STILL TRACKING HIM RIGHT NOW

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O YOUR STILL TRACKING HIM RIGHT NOW, CAN YOU, CAN

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YOU GIVEUSALA11LON. WHERE YOU THINK HE IS FOR OUR S A. X YEAH, HOLD ON A SECOND

12:39:38

(MAJ DESKINS OFF CHANNEL 14, PICKS UP LINE WITHBOSTON

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X YOU READY

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O GO AHEAD

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DRM 1. Dat 2 Channel 4 ID! - OP Position

12:38:23

"IDT WHAT. YOUR KIDDING. REAL WORLD

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"ID 1" WHO BOSTON

<"BACKGROUND" CALL BOSTON>

12:38:38

O OPEN LINE

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X BOSTON CENTER MILITARY

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O UH YEAH. HUNTRESS CALLING IN REFERENCE TO THE

 

HIJACKED AIRCRAFT<X YES> WE'RE CHECKING TO GET

SOME INFORMATION IF WE COULD

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OKAY. OKAY. WHAT DO YA NEED

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CALL SIGN. TYPE AIRCRAFT

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IT'S AMERICAN ONE ONE

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O AMERICAN ONE ONE

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UH, HUH. TYPE AIRCRAFT, IS A UH, SEVEN SIXTY SEVEN

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O AND NUMBEROF SOLES ON BOARD, DO YOU KNOW THAT

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X UMM 1.1 DON'T KNOW THAT, HOLD ON, HEY DAVE DO

 

YOU KNOW SOLES ON BOARD AND ALL THAT INFORMATION <"BACKGROUND. BOSTON SIDE" WE DON'T HAVE ANY INFORMATION

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NO WE DONT HAVE THAT INFORMATION

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YOU DON'T HAVE NAY OF THAT<X NO>

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: X RIGHT NOW HIS POSITION IS ABOUT FORTY MILES NORTH OF KENNEDY

: <O FORTY MILES NORTH OF

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KENNEDY>

X RIGHT

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YOU HAVE A MODE THREE

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X NO WE DON'T. HE'S A PRIMARY TARGET ONLY

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A PRIMARY TARGET ONLY <X YUP>

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O OKAY, AN YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE HE'S COMING FROM

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OR DES1INATION X NO IDF.A. HE TOOK OFF OUT OF BOSTON ORIGINALLY

HEADING FOR. UH. LOS ANGELOS

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BOS11 >N TO LOS ANGELOS

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X THAT WAS HIS ORIGINAL DESTINATION YEAH

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AND V HERE ARE THEY GOING NOW, DO YOU KNOW

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NO ID! A. HE'S HEADING TOWARDS KENNEDY, IT LOOKS

LIKE HI

SPEED IS

DECREASING. UMM, I'M NOT EXACTLY SURE, NOBODY

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CENTER> OR IS NEW YORK X NO, NO, RIGHT NOW WE ARE BUT HE'S HEADING RIGHT FOR

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NEW YORK CENTER, UMM, (GARBLED) O AND IS THERE ANY MILITARY ASSISTANCE REQUESTED

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OH YES. WE'RE ACTUALLY TRYING TO GET SOME FIS'S TO

UH <O YES DO YOU WANT F15S OUT> YEAH F15S OUT OF OTIS

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I THINK O BUT YOU DO HAVE UH, YOU DON'T HAVE ANY MODES OR

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CODES ON HIM X UMM, NOPE. RIGHT NOW, RIGHT NOW WE DON'T HAVE,

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JUST UH, ANY MODE C O IS HE INBOUND TO JFK

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X WE, WE DON'T KNOW AT ALL

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O YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE HE IS AT ALL

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X HE'SEEING HIJACKED, THE PILOTS HAVING A HARD TIME

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TALKING TO THE, I MEAN, WE DON'T KNOW, WE DON'T KNOW WHERE HE'S GOING X HE'S HEADING TOWARD KENNEDY, HE'S UH, LIKE I SAID,

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HE'S LIKE THIRTY FIVE MILES NORTH OF KENNEDY NOW AT 367 KNOTS <O OKAY> I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE HE'S GOING WHATSOEVER O IF YOU COULD PLEASE GIVE US A CALL, LET US KNOW UH,

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ANY INFORMATION THAT WOULD BE GREAT X OKAY, I GUESS RJGHT NOW WE'RE TRYING TO WORK ON, I

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GUESS THERE HAS BEEN SOME THREATS IN THE COCKPIT,THE PROBLEM <O THERE'S BEEN SOME WHAT, I'M SORKY> UH, UH, WE'LL CALL YOU RIGHT BACK AS SOON AS WE KNOW SOME MORE INFORMATION O THANK YOU

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X ALRIGHT

CALL TERMINATED

12:41:52

O OPEN MIKE

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X BOSTON CENTER

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YEAH, HUNTRESS ID AGAIN, REAL QUICK, DID YOU GUYS

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HAVE MODE 3 ON AMERICAN ONE ONE X LAST UH, LAST UH ALTITUDE WE HAD HIM AT WAS

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DESCENDING TO FLIGHT LEVEL TWO NINE ZERO O DO YOU HAVE UH, I'M SORRY DO YOU HAVE A PRIOR MODE

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THREE FOR AMERICAN ONE ONE X UMM

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O FILE ANYTHING, UH, ANY INFORMATION FOR MODE THREE, BECAUS! WE CAN LOCATE HIM ON THE SCOPE IF SO

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X WELL UH, LAST KNOWN ALTITUDE WAS UH. TWO NINE ZERO. THE LAST THING HE REQUESTED WAS THREE FIVE ZERO

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O OKAY. ALL WE'RE ASKING IS

YOUR MODE THREE, YOUR

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MODE THREE. DID YOU ASSIGN ANY CODE TO THAT AIRCRAFT X UH. THE ORIGINALWAS UH. THE ORIGINAL, HOLD

ON,

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UMM. WE DON'T HAVEANYMODE THREE. HE'S PRIMARY ONLY. THAT'S ALL WE HAVE X UMM. I DONT EVEN HAVE HIS ORIGINAL. UMM, I COULD

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TRY TO FIND OUT WHAT HIS ORIGINAL WAS O YEAH, THAT'S WHAT WE NEED

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UMM, OKAY. HOLD ON

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X HELLO

 

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YES GO AHEAD

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X HIS ORIGINAL CODE WAS ONE FOUR FOUR THREE <O ONE

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FOUR FOUR THREE> O COPY THAT. THANK YOU SIR, AN, ONE MORE QUESTION <X

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YUP> UH, ANYAIRCRAFT CLOSE BY HIM THAT UH, COULD GIVE US A MODE THREE X UH, I THINK WE'RE WORKING ON THAT. I, I DON'T HAVE

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ANYONE NEXT TO HIM RJGHT NOW. BUT, UMM, HIS SPEED IS SLOWING DOWN. NOW HE'S TURNING SOUTH WEST BOUND SO. WE DON'T HAVE ANYBODY CLOSE TO HIM <O OKAY THANK YOU SIR>

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X OKAY

CALL TERMINATED

12:45:11

"BACKGROUND VOICE" WHO'S CALLING NEW YORK, GIVING

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THEM A HEADS UP O NEW YORK (GARBLED).HUNTRESS ID

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O NEW YORK AMIS. HUNTRESS ID

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X NEW YORK

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O YES MAAM. ARE YOU AWARE OF THE UH, POSSIBLE HIJACK

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OF AMERICAN ONE ONE X NO I'M NOT

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O THROUGH BOSTON CENTER WE JUST GOT INFORMATION THERE IS A REAL WORLD HIJACK OF AMERICAN ONE ONE, HE IS HEADED, HE WAS FORTY MILES NORTH OF JFK HEADED TOWARDS JFK < X"BACKGROUND VOICE.NEW YORK SIDE" HE'S GOMNA BE TALKING TO ME> WE'RE TRYING TO FIND OUT AM INFORMATION THAT WE POSSIBLY CAN, APPARENTLY THE PILOT WAS HAVING A ROUGH TIME BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN THREATS IN THE COCKPIT, HE