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Crash Site of Flight 93, Hijacked by Terrorists on September 11

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On September 11, 2001 terrorists hijacked Flight 93 and diverted it south toward Washington DC. The plane crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Temporary memorial overlooking the Flight 93 crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania

Temporary memorial overlooking the Flight 93 crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania

Photo © Jackie Craven
When terrorists hijacked Flight 93, they diverted the plane south toward Washington DC. The US Capitol or White House were the likely targets for another September 11 attack. Passengers and crew resisted the hijackers. The plane crashed in serene countryside near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. A devastating attack on the nation's capital was prevented.

Soon after the disaster, a temporary memorial was erected near the crash site. Families and friends came to honor the heroes of flight 93. Paul Murdoch Architects of Los Angeles, California and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects of Charlottesville, Virginia designed a permanent memorial that maintains the serenity of the landscape. Phase One of the memorial project is completed.

Learn more: Flight 93 National Memorial

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