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T8 B22 Response in Shanksville Fdr- Crash of UA 93 Fact Sheet 326

T8 B22 Response in Shanksville Fdr- Crash of UA 93 Fact Sheet 326

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CRASH OF UNITED FLIGHT 93 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11,2001 STONYCREEKTOWNSHIP SOMERSET COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

FACT SHEET
United Flight 93 en route from Newark, NJ, to San Francisco, CA Boeing 757 Jetliner, w/ a total Seating Capacity of 400 44 Total Individuals on Board 33 Passengers 7 Crew Members 4 Terrorists Crashed in the Rural Mountains of Western PA, approximately 8 Miles Northeast of Somerset, PA, in Stonycreek Township, on a Reclaimed Strip Mine Site Time of Crash: 10:08 MRS. (Based on the time of the first 911 Calls to Somerset County 911 Somerset County 911 Rec'd 8 Calls to 911 Regarding the Crash 3 Dispatchers and 1 Supervisor on Duty at the time of the Crash 1 EMA Staff Person in the County EMA Office 911 Addressing Specialist doing 911 Addressing Field work in the Central Portion of the County at the time of Crash Only Employee of the Coroner's Office is the County Coroner Primary Fire Response to this area - Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department Primary EMSCoverage to this area - Somerset Area Ambulance Association, Stoystown Station Somerset County is in the Coverage Area of the Southern Alleghenies Emergency Medical Services Council Primary Police Coverage to this area - PA State Police - Somerset Richard King, Local Emergency Management Coordinator for Stonycreek Township was one of the first individuals on scene The First Alarm Dispatch included 8 Volunteer Fire Depts., 5 EMS Services, Medic Units from Windber and Conemaugh Hospitals, Medic Unit from Somerset Area Ambulance, and

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Various Medical Helicopter Services from the Region The Pennslyvania State Police were assisted on Scene by the Somerset County Sheriffs Department, the Somerset County District Attorney, and Police Units from Somerset Borough, Paint Borough, Shade Twp. And Paint Twp. County EOC Activated immediately after the First 911 Calls Assistance to the County EMA Staff was provided by: PEMA Harris burg PEMA Western Region Office PEMA Central Region Office State Fire Commissioner's Office Fayette County EMA Cambria County EMA Allegheny County Dept. Of Emergency Services Westmoreland County EMA Bedford County EMA Southwestern Pennsylvania Emergency Response Group a/k/a Region 13 Anti-Terrorism Working Group State Correctional Institution at Somerset State Correctional Institution at Luarel Highlands Public Relations for County EMA and PEMA provided For by a employee of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Approximately 1,100 Identification Badges were issued For Emergency Works at the Crash Site (this included the FBI, NTSB, and United Airlines) Meals, Refreshments and Support provided on a 24-Hour Basis by the Red Cross and Salvation Army Somerset County Commissioners signed a "Disaster Declaration" In the First Hours of The Crash Difficulty in Sending and Receiving Telephone Calls, both Landline and Cellular due to the excessive volume of Telephone use in the Country that morning Used the SEVAN Phone to Notify PEMA Harris burg with the Initial Crash Report EOC and Resource Center established near the Crash Site By 1500 Hrs. on Sept 11, 2001, and remained in place Through September 25, 2001. Resource Center handled approximately 200 Resource Requests On-Scene Communications provided by Motorola, which

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Provided for a common means for all Agencies to Communicate. The system provided for Portable Communications via an on-site 800 MHz Trunked Radio System Daily Weather Info provided by DTN with a on-site Weather Station at the EOC /Resource Center Daily News Up-dates provided by having a DSS Satellite System On Site at the EOC/Resource Center FBI was the Lead Agency and In Charge because the Crash Site was always considered a Crime Scene When the FBI was completed on September 25, 2001, the Crash Site was turned over to the Wallace Miller, Somerset County Coroner Temporary Morgue was established at the National Guard Armory in Friedens, across from the Somerset County Airport As of January 8,2002, 44 Bodies have been Identified Through D & A Testing As of January 8, 2002, TOTAL Crash Costs have amounted To approximately $200,000 to $250,000, not including the Bill for D & A Testing The County has paid all the Bills and is expecting Full Reimbursement from the FBI and United Airlines Crash Recovery Debriefing held on December 4, 2001, At the Somerset County Court House Temporary Memorial has been established near the Crash Scene at 505 Skyline Road, Stoystown, PA As of March 8, 2002, the remains of all the Passengers and Crew were returned to their families by the Somerset County Coroner. On March 8, 2002, Congressman John P. Murtha introduced Federal Legislation to obtain money for a permanent Memorial At the Crash Site with help from the National Park Service. Security of the Crash Site is being conducted on a 24/7 basis by The Somerset County Sheriffs Department through a Federal Grant of $1,000,000 for a 2-year period. This Federal Grant Was obtained by the help of Congressman John P. Murtha.

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