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AA1 1 began takeoff roll

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8:04:55 Boston issued taxi

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instruction to UAL175 8:09:18 Neward Control issued

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taxi instructions to UAL93 8:09:17 AA11 established radio

 

contact with Boston Traffic

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Control 8:12:29 Dulles Airport Traffic

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Control Tower issued taxi instructions to AA77 8:13:47 AA1 1 instructed to climb and maintain flight level. There was no acknowledgement

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8:14:00 UAL175 began takeoff

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roll 8:17:59 Brief unknown sound

(possibly a scream) from an

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unknown origin 8:20:00 AA77 began takeoff roll

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8:20:48 Transponder information

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was lost on Boston radar displays. AA1 1 was then a primary radar target only 8:23:01 UAL175 established contact with Boston Center

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8:24:38 "we have some planes just stay quiet and you'll be ok we are returning to the airport", unknown origin heard by Boston. 8:24:57 Second unknown transmission, "nobody move everything will be ok if you try to make any moves you'll endanger

 

yourself and the airplane just stay quiet"

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8:24:53 By now Boston made several transmissions attempting to contact AA1 1 .

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8:25:00 Boston began notification that suspected hijack was in progress. New England ROC, ATCSCC and Boston facility manager notified. Controllers began inter-facility coordination with New York Center

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8:25:49 AA77 established radio contact with Washington Air Route Traffic Control

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8:26:00 AA1 1 began southbound turn over Albany, New York

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Third transmission of unknown origin, "nobody move please we are going back to the airport don't try to make any stupid moves"

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8:34:00 Boston contacted Cape

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Terminal Radar Approach Control (at Otis) and requested they notify the military of events regarding AA1 1 8:35:00 New England ROC

advised Washington Operations Center of suspected hijack of

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8:36:00 Washington Operations Center notified Civil Aviation Security Intelligence (ACI) and conferenced New England ROC and ATCSCC

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Wpns Trans: 8:37:37-41, Alright, Boston Center TMU, we have a problem here, we 8:37:53 FAA recorded same

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. Is this real

world or an exercise. No, this is real world, this is not an exercise, not a test

conversation

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OP Trans: 8:38:09-20 "MCC" Major Nasypany your [sic] needed in Ops

8:38:00 Boston notified New York

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Room, MAJ Nasypany your [sic] needed pronto, to ops room. Northeast Air Defense, (garbled) can I help you. Yes SGT Kelly from Otis, how are you doing

Center of possible hijacking of

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today. Yeah, good ahead. I'm getting reports from my TRACON, there might be a hijack. Uh, huh, I'm hearing the same thing, we're working it right now. Okay. Thanks. ID Trans: 8:38:23-58 "ID1" what, your kidding, real world "ID1" who Boston ("background" call Boston) Open Line. Boston Center Military. Uh Yeah, Huntress

calling in reference to the hijacked aircraft we're checking to get some information

if we could. Okay, Okay, what do ya need. Call sign, type aircraft. Its American One One. American One One? Uh, Huh, type aircraft, is a uh, Seven Sixty Seven

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Wpns Trans: 8:39:00 Hi this is Maj Deskins. Hi, Joe Cooper, Boston center we

8:39:25 FAA recorded same

have

a hijacked aircraft headed towards the New York metro area, wondering if

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you could, umm, send someone up there, some F16s maybe out of Otis.

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Wpns Trans: 8:39:13-37 Okay, do yo have a Mode 3 on it, do you have a mode 3

code. 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 up in the air and we would have to vector

you towards the aircraft. OK, OK, so you would want to control the intercept because you. We have to yes, until you guys can pick him up on primary radar. OK, so you have a general location to where he is. We're still tracking him right now. Your still tracking him right now, can you, can you give us a Lat. Lon. where you think he is for our S A.

0839

ID Trans: 8:39:02-55 And number of soles on board, do you know that. Umm I

don't

know that, hold on, hey Dave do you know soles on board and all that

information. No we don't have that information. You don't have nay of that. No, right now his position is about forty miles north of Kennedy. Forty miles north of Kennedy. Right. You have a Mode three. No we don't. He's a primary target only.

 

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primary target only, okay, an you don't know where he's coming from or

 

destination. No idea, he took off out of Boston originally heading for, uh, Los Angelos[sic]. Boston to Los Angelos. That was his original destination Yeah. And where are they going now, do you know. No idea. He's heading towards Kennedy,

 

it

looks like his speed is decreasing, umm, I'm not exactly sure, nobody really. Are

 

you the controlling agency or is New York. No, no, right now we are but he's heading right for New York center. And is there any military assistance requested.

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Oh yes, we're actually trying to get some F15's to. Yes do you want F15s our. Yeah Ft 5s out of Otis, I think. MCC OP Trans: 8:40:22 "MCC" Find out where he's at, get a heading (garbled) monitoring Major Deskins from CH 13.

8:40:00 NEADSlogTindicate™11" they were notified by the FAA of events concerning AA11

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8:40:14 AA77 established radio contact with ZID (Indianapolis)

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MCC/T Log: Possible hijack AA1 1 Fit

 

8:40:32 UAL175 established contact with New York Center

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ID Trans: 8:40:00-48 But you do have uh, you don't have any modes or codes on him. Umm, nope, right now, right now we don't have, just uh, any Mode C. Is he

inbound to JFK. We, we don't know at all. You don't know where he is at all. He's being hijacked, the pilots having a hard time talking to the, I mean, we don't know, we don't know where he's going. He's heading toward Kennedy, He's uh, like I

said,

He's like thirty five miles North of Kennedy now at 367 knots, I have no idea

where he's going whatsoever. If you could please give us a call, let us know uh, any information that would be great. Okay, I guess right now we're trying to work on, I guess there has (sic) been some threats in the cockpit, the problem we'll call you right back as soon as we know some more information, thank you.

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8:41 :06 "Background" Ahh, that determination hasn't been made

8:41:32UAL1 75 "We figured

yet umm, let me if could just hold on just a moment, I'm gonna get, uh, we've got

we'd wait to go to your center, we

some

coordination going on, I think that they're going to put Otis on battle stations,

heard a suspicious transmission

that's

who I would anticipate going especially if they continue to head towards JFK.

on our departure out of Boston.

They

would be are [sic] closest asset, [later at 8:41 :25 name Joe Cooper is

 

Someone keyed the mike and

mentioned.]

 

said everyone stay in your seats."

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Surv Log: Real world highjack aircraft American Flight AA77 (sic) Fm H (sic) Battle

0841

MCC

OP Trans: 8:41 :51 "Background" Dawn

we got Otis on battle stations

8:41 :00 Military Command issued

"background" 1241.

scramble order on AA1 1

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AST Trans: 8:42:10 "AST" what base, 1241Z battle stations Otis

 

8:42:00 UAL93 began takeoff roll

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ID Trans: 8:42:00-38 Boston Center. Yeah, Hunteress ID again, real quick, did

you guys have Mode 3 on American One One. Last uh, last uh altitude we had him at was descending to flight level two nine zero. Do you have uh, I'm sorry do you have a prior mode three for American One One. Umm. File anything, uh, any

information for Mode three, because we can locate him on the scope if so

Well

uh last known altitude was uh, two nine zero, the last thing he requested was three

 

five zero. Okay, all we're asking is your mode three, your mode three. Did you

assign any code to that aircraft. Uh, the original was uh, the original, hold on,

umm,

we don't have any mode three, he's primary only, that's all we have.

 

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OPTrans: 8:42:04-28 What time did we go battle stations. "MCC" twelve

 

forty-one battle stations. "MCC" (garbled) (garbled) 1241 battle stations Otis. "MCC" we gotta get a Mode 3, that's gonna help us out bigtime.

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ID Trans: 8:46:06-8:47:36

keep tring (sic) to locate that mode three "ID1" New York told me to hold on, you

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heard that right "ID1" hmm, come on New York, "ID1" you know what, let's get a tail number off of it, call Boston Center, lets get a tail number. Right now he's primary only. You have no mode three. You have a lat. Ion. Umm, I can get a lat. Ion. "ID1" we're gonna get an updated lat. Ion;, a updated lat. Ion., we called Boston his original, his filed one is one four four three, he's not working that, he's primary only we're getting an update position now. Okay showing four zero three nine north, sever four zero three west.

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MCC/T Log: Fm H (sic) scrambled @ TT on A1 1

8:46:35 Impact at World Trade Center

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OP Trans: 8:46:22 Background time 12:46, authenticate, Delta, X-Ray

8:46:48 UAL175 transponder

Scramble immediately, Panto 45, 46 heading 290, flight level 290. Contact

code of 1470 changed, first

Huntress, 228 point niner (garbled).

indicating 3020, then changing

0847

again to 3321 . Consequently, secondary radar return began to coast and was no longer associated with primary return

0847

ID Trans: "ID1" Okay there it is. That's where she said it was. Surv Log: Fm H (sic) Scrambled 1246

0847

MCC

OP Trans: 8:47:23 "MCC" I have scrambled Otis, and already, as per your

direction, we're sending them in that general direction, we're send them right to

 

that Z point, and then we can maneuver them, un, as deemed uh right.

0848

AST Trans: "AST" I just hear a twelve four six scramble, scramble Otis. "AST" ICC, Otis has been scrambled. 46

0848

MCC

OP Trans: 8:48:29 Okay sir this is SGT (garbled) at CONR <yeah> uh, the

0849

General [Arnold] would like uh, do you have radar coverage on this guy. ID Trans: 8:49:22-28 Huntress, good morning, this is New York millitary calling at New York Center. Yeah how are you doing. Good, Good, are you, watch supervisor needs a number for a possible hijacking, uh.he wants to call somebody in case they need some assistance your, uh fighter jets.

 

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8:50:51 AA77 acknowledged clearance to Falmouth. This was the last radio communication with this flight

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MCC OP Trans: "MCC" Scramble at 46 excuse me. "Background" scramble at 46

or airborne 46. "MCC" SD, MCC. "MCC" that was 46 scramble time, scramble time thanks.

ID Trans; 8:51:22. (Background voice) Who are you talking to, a plane just hit the

world trade center

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8:50:00 Washington Operations Center activated a Tactical Net at request of Civil Aviation Security Intelligence (ACI) Neward Airport Traffic Control Tower advised New York Traffic Control of possible aircraft crash into the World Trade Center

8:51:43 New York to UAL 175 "recycle transponder1 no response was received. Controller made several attempts, repeatedly trying to contact UAL175 for the next four minutes. During this time, the aircraft was also observed making a left turn and descending

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MCC/T Log: Fm H (sic) A/B @ TT on A11

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ID Trans: 8:52:01-23 (Background voice) God save Ney (sic) York. New York AMIS, Huntress ID (Background voice) See if they lost alititude on that plane all together. New York. Yes Maam, did you just hear the information regarding the world trade center <no> being hit be an aircraft. Your kidding. No, it's on world news, umm, do you still have altitude on that aircraft you have. No, like I, no, like I said I don't work a radar here. Yeah you said you lost radar through (sic)

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MCC OP Trans: 8:52:15-53 "MCC" No, did yo say something just hit the world trade center, or someone reports, okay, okay. "MCC" No keep on going with it. "Background" talkin with IG [sic ID??]and we had a phone call that came down to us, an saying, they had a possible hijack out of Boston, an uh, I just flipped around and uh, we are always wind upon the new, and uh a 737 just hit the WTC and I was just curious, at the same time was that the aircraft the last I knew they had a primary on it and the track was not squawking 7500 but it was, it was under duress. "MCC" send them to New York City, still consider go.

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aircraft that hit the world trade center was "apparently, it was not that guy. NY responded, "not that guy."

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MCC OP Trans: 8:54:16-34 "MCC" Okay this is what I got so far, possible news

that a 737 hit the WTC this is real world, an we're trying to confirm this, "background" Okay continue taking the fighters down to the New York City areas,

JFK area, best that we can, make sure the FAA clears your route all the way

through, just do what we gotta do, okay, just press with it. [Note, in context, the time is likely a typo and should be 8:53:16-34

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8:53:24 New York controller coordinated internally asking other controllers if they saw UAL175. None replied in the affirmative

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OP Trans: 8:54:04 "MCC" Until its confirmed it's gonna be a lot easier to get

down

to this area [holding area], if I bring them out like this, rather than through all

the crap, until it's confirmed, do you want me to bring down this way at least. "Background" work with FAA, just tell them to clear ya a route, clear ya a route.

 

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OP Trans: 8:54:57 "MCC" Alright our last actual reported position, if he didn't 8:54:53 AA77 began a left turn

crash

into the world trade center is 20 miles south of JFK, so I want you to take

towards the south without

them

down into this area, hold as needed, whatever altitude they need to go to, for

authorization. Shortly after the

center to make that work, is fine by me, but uh, thaf's the area I want them to go and hold, right in that little gap right there

turn, the aircraft was observed descending

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MCC OP Trans: 8:55:26 "MCC" Alright this is what we're doing, we're taking them

8:55:00 New York controller was

down

here to hold for now "Background" right. Whatever altitude they need for

busy trying to turn other aircraft

center to do that is fine. So you want me to have center to have them hold. Weapons should pass that, the fighters hould [sic] be talking to center, there

away from UAL175. The flight track had changed and was now

gonna pass that through the fighters. Exactly what we want them to do, now.

headed southeast bound

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Surv Log: Boston confirmed hijack aircraft hit world trade center 8:55:00

[time approximate] a

 

controller-in-charge advised the Operations manager that she

believe UAL175 was also

hijacked

The controler

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ID Trans: 8:55:29-50 "ID1" you can try the black phone 631. (Background voice) Confirmation. Who gave you that confirmation, he did crash into the world trade center. (Background voice) Boston, Boston Center is giving you that confirmation. (Background voice) Boston is confirming, Boston is confirming that was the aircraft (sic) that crashed into the trade center, American Eleven (later tail number is November 334AA)

returned to the OM position and heard a request for military aircraft to scramble. 8:55:00 [time approximate] A controller reported that [an] unknown aircraft was now headed towards New York City. This controller, along with other controllers speculated that the unknown aircraft was an emergency and was heading for an airport to land.

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OP Trans: 8:55:58 "Background" if you can, hand the fighters over directly to

FAA so they can <"MCC" they're still under FAA control, we're never gonna take them> just work with them, coordinate with them the best that you can with that,

 

take them to the area and let them, let them handle the airspace.

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8:56:19 AA77 Secondary radar

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return lost on ZID displays 8:56:32 ZID controller attempted

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to contact AA77. There was no acknowledgement. ZID also tried to communicate with AA77 through American Airlines company radios

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MCC/T Log: Boston FAA says hijack a/c crashed into world trade center Surv Log: Airborn @ 1252 AST Trans: 8:58:09 "AST" Now we're deciding. Their saying that a civilian aircraft has hit the world trade center.but the haven't confirmed it's American Eleven yet

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OP Trans: 8:57:04-26 "MCC" Okay what did they say exactly, about that

aircraft that hit the building, the world trade center. "MCC" Okay Boston just talked to us, he said he didn't want to confirm, but they're pretty sure that is, that was the aircraft. "MCC" unconfirmed from Boston, yeah, they're pretty dogone sure it is

 

him, yup.

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MCC

OP Trans: 9:57:51 "Background" What was the airborne time, 52.

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OP Trans: 8:58:09-9:59:03 Background, they want to know what the mission

8:58:14 ZID also made severl

is, I told them the mission is holding.that's what I passed. "Background" right now, this is what was coordinated with center, we got them basically just conning south of Long Island, and holding, at whatever altitude center wants to put them at. "MCC" right, Okay. "MCC" Uh, do we have a mission, that we can pass to these

attempts to contact AA77 through American Airlines company dispatch

guys. "MCC" no, what they want to know is what kind of mission do we pass to them, hold, you see what I mean, yeah. "MCC" Yea, FAA, as needed, also we are

going

to be, we are holding them south of JFK for approx. ten miles, at whatever

altitude they need, so that's all we can do.

 

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Surv Log: Highjacked aircraft American Flight 11, 767

8:59:00 ZID controllers began coordinating with other controllers to protect airspace and altitude of AA77's filed route of flight

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9:00:00 [time approximate] New York Radar Approach Control controller stated "at approximately 9:00 I observed an unknown aircraft south of the Newark Airport, northeast bound and descending out of twelve thousand nine hundre feet in a rapid rate of descent, the radar target terminated ath the World Trade Center.

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Log: Possible second highjack United flight

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ID Trans: 9:03:20 Background Voice. They have a possible second hijack

9:03:14 Second Impact at World Trade Center

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AST Trans: "AST" Okay guys listen up, possibly we have a second hijacking

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MCC

OP Trans: 9:03:39 "Background" United, another hijack, real world

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MCC

OP Trans: 9:04:04 "MCC" Sir, thank you, sir, we got a, we got a unconfirmed

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second hit, from another aircraft ID Trans: 9:04:10-46 Background voice 2. This 3320 is way the hell over by Lake Erie. "ID1" Oh God, what phone were you on. "ID1" United one seven five. "ID1" One seven five, what is it. "ID1" United 175, is the other aircraft, mode 3 is 3321

 

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OP Trans: 9:04:15 Maj Rice, Hello. Hi ya doing sir, this is SGT Belluscio at

Huntress, Huntress Control, we got a hijack, uh I don't know if you guys are aware of that, we had a couple of fighters scramble out to assist FAA, and we were wondering if you happen to have any out in the W107, W105 area. Umm, we got a crew airborne right now, ah I don't know where they went though, I think 204 or 212, you can find them, uh, they got team 23, we got 2 crews airborne right now,

 

team

23 and team 24, New York Center will be working them, there up, northeast

of New York. [Note: this likely refers to tankers]

 

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MCC/T Log: United 175 possible hijack Bos-LAX

9:05:00 NEADS logs indicate they were notified by the FAA of the events concerning UAL175 New York received notification from Newardk Airport Traffic control of a second aircraft striking the World Trade Center

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ID Trans: 9:06:05 Uh, negative we just from New York Center, possible crash

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also, uh, you heard about the first <yes> okay possibly a second MCC/T Log: UAL175 ID as 767

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OP Trans: 9:07:47-59 "MCC" Okay Foxy this what, this is what I forsee we

need

to do, we need to talk to FAA, we need to tell them, this stuff keeps on going,

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we need to take those fighters, put them over Manhattan, okay, that's the best

thing,

that's the best place right now. "MCC" Coordinate with FAA, tell them, if

ther's

more out there right now, which we don't know, let's get them over

Manhattan, at least we have some kind of play

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OP Trans: 9:08:42-58 "Background" the second suspected aircraft is United

 

175, 1just put that up theere. "MCC" Okay, this is what I got going, tell Foxy to

scramble Langley, send them in the same location. "Background" battle, battle stations or scramble. "MCC" battle stations only at Langley

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ID Trans: 9:08:17-24 Yes sir just wanted to give you a heads up we have had two confirmed, well not confirmed, one hijacked aircraft and possibly another one, and yes we do have that information and we're working it now. This is for live world.

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Live world yes. MCC/T Log: LFI on B/S @ TT for hijack threat

 

9:09:00 ZID notified Great Lakes Regional Operations Center of a possible aircraft accident of AA77 due to the simultaneous loss of radio communications and radar identification

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MCC

OP Trans: 9:09:00 "MCC" Okay are you listening, what I told the FD so far

is, we need to get those fighters over Manhattan, because we don't know how

many

guys out of Boston could be (garbled). "MCC" You miss three or two, there

could

be more

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ID Trans: 9:09-25 Background 2. 09, we went battlestations at 09 [probably

 

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Langley] "ID1" I hope they cancel the exercise because this is ridiculous. ID Trans: 9:09:43 United Airlines dispatch says that United 175 is NORDO, and is not in radio contact. Is NORDO, is NORDO

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OP Trans: :9: 10:09-34 "MCC" you know what, I don't like them there.

'MCC" Okay, okay, I want those fighters closer in, I want them south of JFK

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MCC/T Log: Both hijacks UAL175 @ A1 1 hit world trade center

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AICC Trans: 9:1 1 :22 Panto 45 [Otis scramble] remain requests assistance [Holding area W105]

current position until FAA

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ID Trans: 9:12:27 Background voice we've got Langley on battle stations "ID1" Langley's on battle stations, okay, that's fine

 

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OP Trans: 9:12:54-57 This is Manta. How are you doing sir, this is in

reference to the active air, we're trying to reach the military coordinator, we're having a difficult time, umm, NORAD is requesting that the fighters hold over New

York

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MCC OP Trans: 9:13:29-32 This is Major McCarthy who am I speaking to. This is

Major Nasypany, go ahead. Hey Nasty, are you guys watching CNN. Yup, uh

we're in the situation now, I'm kinda busy. Okay just wanted to know if you were,

good bye.

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OP Trans: 9:14:48 "MCC" Yes sir, uh, we got Mane 85 [Tanker] going to

 

Whiskey One oh five right now, we also have the fighters holding there, we're

trying

to move them down south of JFK, okay, we got some bad poop from FAA.

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ID Trans 9:14:39-50 New York, Huntress checking on United 175 apparent confirmation on United 1 75 being the second aircraft to hit the world trade center. I

have

no idea, I would have no idea of that.

Okay, Boston said it was in your

airspace.

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9:15:00 [time approximate] ZID Operations Manager contacted Chicago Air route Traffic control Center (ZAU) and advised the Operations Manager of concern that AA77 may have been hijacked and that ZAU should be on the look out (based on events occurring in New York)

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ID Trans: 9:17:28-33 Scoggins, Boston Center military. Heh how you doing this this is MAJ Nasypany. How are you doing. Um we have uh, are could shut

everything, nobody is departing

just

wondering do you have people on alert that

we. I've got fighters in WHISKEY 105 right now, and I've got a tanker there as well, I've got other aircraft on alert at Langley as well, I'm getting ready to, I've got trackers over JFK over Boston and that area, just looking for anything suspicious.

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AST Trans: 9:18:22 "AST" it looks like they're pushing the fighters into New York "Background" that KKKK is that the, "AST" that is the original point that they gave

us

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AST Trans: 9:20:57 "AST" Okay listen up 6, 8 whoever's on my loop, American 1 1 is still up there, he's still a hijack and he's headed for Washington

 

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OP Trans: 9:20:00 "MCC" My recommendation, if we have to take anybody

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MCC OP Trans: 9:21 :58 "Background voice" Third aircraft heading towards

Washington

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MCC OP Trans: 9:22:05-47 "MCC" Okay, American eleven, that's the first guy,

he's still airborne, and he's heading towards Washington, okay, 1think we need to scramble Langley right now, and I'm goona take the fighters from Otis and chase this guy down if 1 can find him. "MCC" Yeah, you sure. "MCC" Okay, he's heading towards Langley, er, 1 shouls say Washington. "MCC" American eleven, the original guy, he's still airborne, we're still getting a. "MCC" we're still getting a position. "Background voice" do we still have a position. "MCC" Foxy, scramble Langley, head them towards the Washington area

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Surv Log: LFI scrambled American flight 11 still airborn heading toward

 
 

Washington

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Surv Log: Scramble time 0924 (recheck this entry)

 

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ID Trans: 9:22:38-49 New York, Huntress ID, reference American 11 "ID1" I'm

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calling American right now, er New York. This is New York go ahead. Yes sir we just had, ah, knowledge that American 1 1 is still airborne headed towards Washington, did you get that information. AST Trans 9:22:47-52 "AST" Better get Langley going guys, what did I just say, "AST" scramblingLangley

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AST Trans 9:23:46 "AST" I'll get you scramble time for Langley as soon as I know

it

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OP Trans: 9:23:10-50 "MCC" What ws the tail number. "Background Voice"

0924

November three three four, alpha alpha. "MCC" November three three four, alpha alpha. "MCC" If we can, we're trying to get the mode, trying to get a position on this guy. "MCC" Okay, till then, we'll run in on them, okay, goodbye. "MCC" These guys are smart. "Background Voice" Yeah they knew exactly what they wanted. "Background Voice" wee what the hell was the plane that crashed. "Background voice" probably a third hijack, is that it. "MCC" no, this is American, American Airlines, the first one. MCC/T Log: American Airlines #N334AA hijacked [note: this is tail number for

 

AA11]

9:24:00 Great Lakes notified Washington Operations Center of simultaneous loss or radio communications and radar identification of AA77

0924

AST Trans 9:24:33 "AST" Scramble time 24, 24 LFI, 1324, did you get that

9:24:30 UAL93 established radio contact with Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center

0925

MCC/T Log: hijack AA fit headed to Wash DC

0925

DoD

NEAD

ID Trans: 9:25:35-56 Well sir, we just found, we're trying to find out information on American 11, we just got confirmation that. We don't have anything on that one. You do not. We do not. Okay, are you aware he is possibly headed towards Washington. Well, ah, we just got word from Boston, or, somewhere but we don't

have anything on him yet, and uh, uh, yeah, uh, theres (sic) a lot of different things

going on right now

Just want to give you a heads up sir. Okay, thank you very

FAA

9:25:00-9:30:00 [time approximate] Several IAD (Dulles) controllers working radar positions observed a primary radar target tracking eastbound at a high rate of speed

0925

much. AST Trans 9:25:53 Yes, this is New York Center Bruce Barrett, I'm theOperations Manager, in charge, I was given this number to call <okay> reference American

9:25:14 UAL93 again reported to Cleveland Center

0926

<okay go ahead> that he might be still flying MCC/T Log: LFI scrambled on AA Fit @ 1324Z

0926

AST Trans 9:26:16-59 New York Center, what do you need to know. Well, we got told to call this number, and there ws an unconfirmed report that American 11 was still in the air. Okay, hold on. "AST" I need somebody now, i got New York Center on the line, telling me they were told to call this number, to confirmthat American 11 was still flying. Sir, right now we're not sure, we can't confirm it's still flying or not. Okay, if you get any information you will be in contact with the ATC facilities to ensure that they get that information. Yes. Thank you very much.

0927

ID Trans: 9:26:26-57 Background voice. American Airlines (garbled) is'nt (sic) the one that hit their airborn still hijacked headed towards Washington. Background voice. It was American Airlines One One. Background voice. The first one they

thought hit. "Backgroun. He's still airborn, he's still out there, but we can't get a position on him. All they know is he's headed towards Washington. "ID1" do you

copy that, Boston's missing another aircraft, "bacground" Boston is now missing

another aircraft copy "ID1" there is (Sic) 3 unaccounted for aircraft, more aircraft unaccounted for. Boston.

0927

MCC/T Log: Boston FAA says another a/c is missing

 

0927

MCC

OP Trans: 9:27:30 "MCC" (Garbled) United one seven five, American one

one, we're getting information now that, American, the first one we, that hit, may be still airborne

 

0928

MCC

OP Trans 9:28:39-45 "Background voice" oh, ther's three planes

9:28:19 A radio transmission of

unaccounted for, there's three planes. "Background Voice" thjere's AAL11 not accounted for, may still be airborne headed towards Washington, United hit the

unintelligible sounds of possible scfreaming or a struggle from an

world

trade center, and the third that hit the world trade center we're not sure

unknown origin was heard over

about.

ZOB (Cleveland) radio

0928

NORAD

CONR

DoD

NEAD AICC Trans: 9:28:36-53 "Background" OK, the original hijack that started all of, is AAL Twenty-One [sic] 767, N334AA, he has never been found, he is not one of the aircraft that did that, they expect that he is on his way to Washington, right here, your [sic] gonna take your fighters up, your gonna CAP on this area, we're gonna hit up some tracks, see if we can find a likely que. "Background" if we can find one, we're gonna intercept it and get a visual ID [Note: this is likely a conversationwith Langley scrambled fighters]

0929

ID Trans: 9:29:02-50 Hi, this is Huntress calling, umm, I was told to give you a buzz, for our mission crew commander, any information, I guess 3 aircraft out of Boston are missing and, 2 of them has hit the world trade center and one is enroute to Washington, did you get that information. Receiver cannot be heard at all. Yeah, American 11, is not the aircraft that crashed it is still airborn, did you get that information. That's what we just found out. But we don't know where it is though, it headed toward Washington, was, was the last information. I don't know, but someone better get the President this is not good. Background. Someone better get looking for this guy. Uh, yeah, we just went up, but I not gonna say to much right now, I just wanted to give you a heads up, urn, but do you have any information where American one one is right now, or anything

0930

ID Trans: 9:30:06-50 I just want to say one more thing, thank you, Washington, I

0930

don't know if they don't think this is serious or not, but they are not, unless they hear from like the centers if you could give them a heads up and let them know that this is. Washington Center, there not, really not at all. Okay sir. Background voice, we got to get a point out on that American Airlines. Background, we do, we got to get it out of Langley, they scrambled. Background, they got him. "ID1" Boston is calling Washington right now. Background, I don't know if they got him yet, but Langley scrambled. Background, what's up. "ID1" umm, Boston has no clue where they are, and, he's gonna let Washington Center know that this is very serious . MCC OP Trans: 9:30:41 "MCC" I'm gonna have three fighters out of Langley

0931

AICC Trans: "Background" I want you guys to take these guys, right about there <okay> and locate your Z track about halfway between BWI and MCF <wilko>

FAA

9:28:54 A second radio transmission, mostly unintelligible, again with sounds of possible screaming or a struggle and a statement, "get oui of her, get out of here" was heard over ZOB radio. At same time, ZOB controller observed that UAL93 had descended 9:29:29 ZOB controller made several attempts to contact UAL 93 without receiving acknowledgement. 9:29:50 ZOB controlelr began moving other aircraft away from UAL93

9:31:57 A third radio transmission , ostly unintelligible, may sound like an individual out of breath, more unintelligible words and what sounds like "bomb on board" from an unknown origin was heard over ZOB radio

0932

ID Trans: 9:32:23-9:34:07 Huntress ID, unsecure line. Huntress ID, this is Washington Center, Operations Manager, uh okay, I guess you had called

here a couple of times, you never talked to me

Okay there are 3 aircraft

missing out of Boston, I just spoke to Boston, they said they are not sure of

the 3rd call sign, but they do have 2 one is United 175 and the other is American one, one, they thought that American one one crashed into the world trade center, along with United 175 however American one one is not

the aircraft that crashed

trade center, that hit it <okay> that Boston is saying, the last known, and I'm

that

was not the aircraft headed into the world

FAA

9:32:31 A fourth radio transmission stated "did you hear that transmission that reported a bomb on board?" from an unknown origin was heard over ZOB radio

not sure where through the grapevine we heard it is people calling is

American one one was headed for Washington, that is the only thing. Was

headed for where. Washington. Okay

But

remember nothing has been

confirmed as far as which aircraft hit the world trade center, but the other one, we have information is heading for Washington. Okay, let me tell you this, I, we (sic) been looking, we have also lost American 77.

0933

AICC

Trans: "SD2" call Giant Killer, tell them reference QUIT 25 work with ATC,

9:33:00 [time approximate] An

want

them direct Bait, direct BWI for now, and have them come up on, ah, 22,

Operations Supervisor at IAD

23.46 in his Aux frequency to talk to Huntress.

advised the Hhite House Office of the Secret Service of an unknown aircraft heading in the direction of the White House, fast moving. A controller was providing the same information to controllers working at Reagan Airport Traffic Control (DCA). The IAD Supervisor also provided continuous updates on a critical event teleconference established at the Federal Aviation Administration Headquarters building.

0933

MCC

OP Trans: 9:33:34 Background Voice: Langleys airborn [sic], we haven't

[9:33:14 JSS radar files show that

taken

a hand off yet, but their airborn

AA77 was just beginning its 360 degree turn to the right

0934

MCC/T Log: American 77 fit to LA lost/unable to locate

DoD

NEAD

0934

MCC

OP Trans: 9:34:23-50 "Background Voice" What was that American what.

"Background Voice" American 77. "Background Voice" Write that down, American

 

77.

I would like you to work with Center, we need them to go direct Baltimore

Washington International and have them bring up Huntress on the Auxiliary Frequency 234.6. Well you got QUIT 25 going east to the airspace now you want

him to go direct Baltimore. Yes Sir, we're not gonna take him in 386. Okay one he

goes

to Baltimore what do you want him to do. Just have him contact us on 234

decimal six, we just need, instead of us taking handoffs and then handing him

back,

just tell Center we need him over Baltimore.

0934

AICC

Trans: 9:34:19-46 Huntress, Giant Killer go ahead. Yes Sir, in regards to

Quit 25 [Langley scramble] I would like you to, ah, work with center, we need them

to go direct Baltimore Washington International

Once

he goes to Baltimore, what

do you want us to do. Just have him contact us on Aux

we

just need, instead of

taking handoffs to us, and us handing them back, just tell center, they gotta go to Baltimore.

0935

MCC/T Log: LFI airborne at TT

0936

ID Trans: 9:36:19 Background. We have an aircraft 6 miles east. Indianopolis (sic) Center (Background) Huntress side 6 miles east of the White House

0936

MCC

OP Trans: 9:36:37-9:37:38 "MCC" Okay Foxy, I got a aircraft 6 miles east of

FAA

9:34:50 ZOB controller observed UAL93 climbing with authorization. The aircraft had started a turn to the southeast, also without authorization.

9:36:00 Personnel at DCA issued traffic advisories on the unknwon aircraft to a military C130 aircraft that had departed Andrews Air Force Base. When the C130 aircraft (GOFER06) reported the unidentified aircraft in sight, the pilot was instructed to follow the unknown aircraft

the White House get your fighters there. "Background Voice" Did that come from

Boston. "Background Voice" He's deviating for FAA. "Background Voice" Do you want to authorize the AFIO, do to authorize it right now. "Background Voice" Giant

Killer, Huntress 924, weapons, 386. Go Ahead. Ma'am we are going AFIO right

now with QUIT 25, they are going direct Washington. QUIT 25 is ah, is, ah, we're

handing him off to center, right now. Ma'am we need that expedited right now, we got to contact them on 2346, we need them. Roger that, Kilo Bravo.

0937

MCC OP Trans: 9:37:46-59 "Background Voice" That's the radar only guy, right

there. "Background Voice" radar only. "Background Voice" This guy right here,

0937

Bravo 013. Background Voice, no. "MCC" Bravo 032. " " Thjis dude right here.

ID Trans: 9:37:06 Background. Huntress Side six miles east and losing altitude

NORAD

CONR

DoD

NEAD

FAA

0937

AICC

Trans: "Presumed Background" we're going direct DC with my guys, okay,

okay,

okay

093T

ID Trans: 9:38:21 Background. Huntress Well they better know now they got a

9:38:00 GOFER06 reported that

 

target 6 SW

the unknwn aircraft had crashed into the western side of the Pentagon

0939

ID Trans: 9:39:39-50 And when was that last update sir. That was at approx 1256Z (8:56). Background. Huntress 1256 Zulu that was his last known point. Thank you sir. Yes. Background Mueller, heading and speed, heading and speed

9:39:12 A fifth radio transmission, mostly unintelligibl, stated words that may sound like

 

"captain,

bomb

on board,

our

demands,

remain

quiet"

0939

AICC

Trans: 9:39:19 Quit 25 vectors 330, max subsonic, the mission is to uh,

9:39:59 ZOB notified Great Lakes

standby

ROC of the screams and

0940

statement from unknwn origin, believed to be UAL93

0941

MCC/T Log: Delta 89 possible hijack Bos/Vegas

9:41:00 Secondary radar return and flight information becomes intermittent [UAL93] and eventually failed on ZOB radar displays

0941

MCC

OP Trans: "Background Voice" SGT (garbled) did you know that Bravo 033

your gonna, "background Voice" no I didn't. Okay Bravo 032 if you look over Washington. "Background Voice" Bravo 33. No, Bravo 032. "Background Voice", copy. Is a track of interest that they worried about, that was six miles out of Washington, okay. "Background Voice" They got the White House or Pentagon that what you need to guess, right.

0944

0945

9:44:31 ZOB controller notified Pittsburgh Terminal Radar Approach North Arrival controller of the unanticipated turn, the loss of secondary radar return and

9:45:00 PIT controller notified Operations Supervisor of events surrounding UAL93. PIT controller also manually initiated radar tracking of the primary

AICC Trans: Team 23 Huntress copy all recommend left hand turn, your on the

Eastern side of 386

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NORAD

CONR

DoD

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NEAD

FAA

V

0949

ID Trans: 9:49:27 "ID1" Pentaon got it, did you just head that, the Pentagon just got it. Background voice We're trying to get Toledo up after that Delta flight

 

0949

ID Trans: 9:49:32-9:50:26 Hey, uh, Huntress ID, Washington Center, hey I got a triple, I mean a 7777 code just west, come out of Patuxat (sic) restricted area at 23,000 feet, uh, he's about 15 miles east of uh, Nottingham, I need to know anything about that aircraft he's at 23,000 feet. Please standby, sir, that might be our fighters, standby, I'll confirm that "ID1" Joe can you confirm the triple seven

code,

this is Washington Center, "ID1" the triple seven code. Those are our

fighers sir. Uh, I believe out of Atlantic City, Otis, I'm sorry sir. Okay, so ah, approx 10 miles due est of Nottingham, that's your fighters. Ah, standby, standby, ther're out of Langley and their (sic) our birds, yes. There's 3 birds, yes headed your way. Okay, great, thanks a lot.

 

0950

9:50:47 CONR CO log AICC Trans: 9:50:29 "Background" Quit 25 going to NCA opened

0950

MCC

OP Trans: 9:50:59 "Background Voice" Well it's on there, the Pentagon has

been

hit, I don't know where that information cam from, I put unconfirmed.

0951

MCC

OP Trans 9:51:37-51 "MCC" Talk to me about my Langley guys, I want them

over NCA now. "MCC" Okay I need a Langley guy over NCA now.

 

0952

AICC

Trans: 9:52:26 "Background" Okay, yup, we're going NCA

0953

AICC

Trans: 9:53:12-16 Alright then we're gonna come right to 312. Quit 25

continue your right turn to 330

 

0953

AICC

Trans: 9:53:43 Quit 25 Huntrss, do you see any smoke from the area of the

Pentagon. Uh. Stand by

 

0955

0956

9:56:56 Track of UAL93 was no longer visible on PIT radar displays

0958

MCC

OP Trans: 9:58:00 [NEAD is recalling its off duty watch teams] "Background

voice" Sir, I recalled all of Charlie crew surveillance, and two ID techs. "MCC"

 

Fine,

make that WADS as well.

1000

10:00:00 [time approximate] Pilot of a VFR aircraft reported sighting a UL aircraft in vicinity of Latrobe airport. Pilot reported that UA aircraft's landing gear was down, the wings were rocking, and that the aircraft appeared to be in distress

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1002

ID Trans: "ID1" 10:01 :12 What do

NEAO we have going on right now nothing, ah

(Background) the only thing is with the Pentagon, we need to get information on American one, one ID Trans: 10:02:13 (Background) I want to get in touch with Washington CWY (sic) and see if they can, some way, find American one one, last known flight level 290, now we had that aircraft hit the Pentagon, we're trying to get confirmation that it's not AAL 11 or it is, and if it's not, is it headed somehwere else.

 

1002

MCC

OP Trans: 10:02:58-10:03:13 "Background" unconfirmed, of a fifth airplane

(Garbled). "Background" we're already established over Washington, We're running intercepts on anything that looks suspicious. "MCC" Okay, but did the

 

Pentagon get whacked, did thety get hit.

1004~^

AICC

Trans: 10:04:44 Huntress, Quit 25 that's , that's affirmative there's smoke

10:04:00 [time approximate] ZOB

coming from the Pentagon

controller indicated that UAL93

1005

primary radar terminated in vicinity of Somerset, Pennsylvania

1006

ID Trans: 10:06:38 What we found out is that he is not a confirmed hijack [either

Delta

89 or flight out of Canada] and that I don't even want to worry about that now,

uh we got a United 93 out here and uh, are you aware of that uh, has a bomb on

 

1007

board. A bomb on board MCC/T Log: Bomb on board UAL93 over Pittsburg

10:07:00 In response to a request from a ZOB controller, N20VF, a Falcon Jet, reported observing puffs of smoke in vicinity of UAL93's last known position

1007

MCC

OP Trans: 10:07:21-50 "Background" United 93, He's got a bomb, he's going

where to where. "MCC" United 93, bomb on board, out of where, Boston "MCC" Intercept and divert that aircraft away from there. "MCC" Okay we got, did you hear that, that aircraft over the White House, whats the word, intercept.

 

1007

AICC Trans: 10:07:23-59 Baltimore is saying something about an aircraft over the White House, any worries. Negative, standby "SD2" did you copy that SD, center said there is an aircraft over the White House, any words "SD2" by center. Quit 25 Huntress. Quit 25, mission is intercept aircraft over White House, use FAA for guidance. "Background" divert aircraft away from White House, intercept and divert.

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FAA

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1007

NORAD

CONR

NEAD ID Trans: 10:07:01-09 What we want to know, is, did you scramble airplanes for that Delta 1989. We did, out of Selfridge and Toledo sir. Did you, did you, are they in the air now. Yes they are. Is there any way we can get them to where this United is.

1008

MCC

OP Trans: 10:08:01-05 "Background" going to Pittsburgh. "Background" no

 

the one with the bomb is near Pittsburgh. "MCC" the, aircraft, over the, White

1008

House. "MCC" no not yet. ID Trans: 10:08:39-40 Background, center, how did we confirm that United has a

bomb on board. Background, center, I heard it on the frequency. Okay, he heard

it

on the frequency, yes.

1008

AICC

Trans: 10:08:02-43 Quite 25 how copy. Copy. Quit 25 divert the aircraft

 

from the White House. Quit 25 divert the aircraft. Quit 25 when able I need type of

aircraft. "SD2" I need a Z point for the White House. "SD2" Can I get a Z point for the White House

1008

MCC

OP Trans: 10:08:32 "Background Voice" Yes, that's confirm, bomb on board,

 

United 93

1009

ID Trans: 10:10:28 Sir we have 4 aircraft, 2 out of Selfridge, 2 out of Toledo, let me see where they're currently headed, at this position. Okay, they were following

 

Delta

1989, right now their probably going to commit towards the bomb aircraft

1009

AICC

Trans: 10:09:39-56 Quick 26 how far is the suspect aircraft. Standby.About

 

15 miles huntress. Huntress copies 22 miles. Fifteen miles Huntress. 15 miles,

 

one five

1010

MCC

OP Trans: 10:10:39-10:11:06 "MCC" Yeah, okay, got it. "MCC" Negative

1011

10:11:31 WADS asked CONR DCO

clearance to shoot. "MCC" Jamie, God Dammit, "MCC" Negative clearance to fire. AICC Trans: 10:11:08-23 "SD2" There to low I can't talk to them. "Background" Negative clearance to fire. Okay, I told them mission wasID,

"What ROE are we

and that was it. "Background" they can do watever they need to divert but,

working under?"

they are not clear to fire

"SD2" I understand, I have no comms, there [sic]

1011

verv low AICC Trans 10:11:30-40 Quit 26, Huntress, I need one aircraft to stay high so

I

can radio relay. Quit 26,2 aircraft are up, 25 is down lookin [sic]. Huntress

copies, reiterate mission is ID type and (garbled) divert if necessary

1012

MCC

OP Trans: 10:12:03-15 [Possible conversation with either Andrews or

Toledo/Selfridge.

can be expected, Uh, I got guys that will be launching in about 15 minutes. Appreciate it, uh, are they loaded. We got hot guns that all I got. Hot guns, well that's good enough for me, for the time being.

How are you doing Major Nasypany. I'm doing, well as good as

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CONR

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FAA

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1014

10:14:46 CONRDCO

"report

bring

MCC

OP Trans: 10:14:52 "Background" Nine three is down, northeast of Camp

 

tells WADS/SEADS

David, that's he one with bomb on board. "MCC" He's down, did he crash or. "background" I think so.

up with live missiles. Cleared to load slammers on all ASA

 

jets"

1014

ID Trans: 10:14:20-52 Also sir, I want to give you a heads up, United 93, do you

 

have

any informtion on that. Yeah, he's down. He's down. Yes. When did he land,

we didn't get. He did not land. Oh, He's down. Yeah somehwere up northeast of

Camp David. Northeast of Camp David. Yeah, that's the last report, they, they,

don't

know exactly where. "ID 1" Northeast of

Camp David. Sir, no confirmation of

a blowup or anything like that. Well they said they sent a C-130 over there and he

 

said yes, he was in the ground. On the ground, safe. Nope, blew up.

1015

1016

10:16:39 CONRDCO "peacetime ROE still"

 

1020

1025

1030

1031

10:31:01 CONRDCO "Vice President has cleared to us to intercept tracks of

 

interest and shoot them down if they do not respond er CONR

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1041

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0:41 :00 ZOB operations

manager made official notification to Great Lakes [about UAL93] FAA note: Although this is the officially documented notificaiton time, FAA officials were aware of the accident as the events were reported as they occurred on a critical event teleconference established at the FAA headquarters building

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10:42:49 CONRDCO "Clearance to shoot from Vice President is to save lives on the ground if A/C do not respond

1045

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1103

MCC/T Log: NEADS ordered to DEFCON 3

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11:07:33CONRDCO

DEFCON 3 ordered

1115

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