Time of Death by Mark Bingham

I would like to read Time of Death by MarkBingham. It tells the harrowing story of Bingham who was an American public relations executive and was a passenger on board the ill fated United Airlines Flight 93 travelling to San Francisco Prior to the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks. On this infamous day hijackers crashed a Commercial Airline into the Pentagon. They also crashed American Airline Flight 11 into The World Trade Centre North Tower and Fifteen minutes later, at 9:03 am, crashed United Flight 175 into the South Tower.

Meanwhile United 93 was climbing to cruising altitude, heading west over New Jersey and into Pennsylvania. At 9:25 am, Flight 93 was above eastern Ohio, and pilots Jason Dahl and LeRoy Homer received an alert, “beware of cockpit intrusion,” on the cockpit computer device ACARS (Aircraft Communications and Reporting System).Three minutes later, Cleveland controllers could hear screams over the cockpit’s open microphone. Moments later, the hijackers, led by the Lebanese Ziad Samir Jarrah, took over the plane’s controls, disengaged the autopilot, and told passengers, “Keep remaining sitting. We have a bomb board”.

Bingham and the other passengers were herded into the back of the plane. The curtain between first class and second class had been drawn, at which point the pilot and co-pilot were seen lying dead on the floor just outside the curtain, their throats having been cut. Within six minutes, the plane changed course and headed towardsWashington, D.C. Several of the passengers made phone calls to loved ones, who informed them about the two planes that had crashed into the World Trade Center. Bingham phoned his mother, reporting that his plane had been hijacked and relaying his love for her.

After the hijackers veered the plane sharply south, the passengers decided to act.Bingham, along with Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett and Jeremy Glick formed a plan to take the plane back from the hijackers. They were joined by other passengers, including Lou Nacke, Rich Guadagno, Alan Beaven, Honor Elizabeth Wainio, Linda Gronlund, and William Cashman, along with flight attendants Sandra Bradshaw and Cee Cee Ross-Lyles, and decided to storm the cockpit and take back the plane. Led by Bingham Passengers managed to invade the cockpit and At 10:02 am, the plane ploughed into an empty field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 580 miles an hour, thwarting the hijackers plan to crash the plane into a building in Washington, D.C. Such as the U.S. Capitol Building or the White House. Bingham’s name is located on Panel S-67 of the National September 11 Memorial’s South Pool, along with those of other passengers of Flight 93. His story of courage and bravery has also been remembered in numerous posthumous awards and honours.

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