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WASHINGTON – Terrorists who hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston this morning slit the throats of two female flight attendants who tried to bar them from entering the cockpit, an American Airlines employee told WorldNetDaily in an exclusive interview.
The terrorists then forced their way into the locked cockpit and commandeered the Boeing 767 to New York, where they slammed it into one of the World Trade Center towers. The flight, carrying 81 passengers, was bound for Los Angeles.
A third stewardess aboard the nine-crew flight –
Madeline Amy Sweeney – used her cellphone, or
possibly the plane phone, to alert Michael Woodward,
her superviser back at Logan International Airport,
about the hijacking and murders. The terrorists were
armed with razor-tipped knives that looked like box
cutters, she relayed.
“That was just horrific to all of us when we heard about it at about 8:15” this morning, said the senior American Airlines employee, who works at Logan and said goodbye to the crew at the gate around 7:30 a.m. “We were, like, ‘Oh my God, these poor girls are
trying to save their captain and their plane.'”
The plane left the gate at about 7:45 a.m. and took
off at about 7:55 a.m. Sweeney made her call around
8:10 a.m. or 8:15 a.m., the source says. At about 8:25
a.m., the jet turned sharply off its planned westbound
flight path and headed south toward Manhattan. The jet
crashed into the north World Trade Center tower at
about 8:45 a.m. About 15 minutes later, a United
Airlines jet sliced through the south tower.
According to the American source, the American
captain, John Ogonowski, managed to key the cockpit
mike, apparently without the terrorists knowing,
allowing air-traffic controllers to briefly pick up
their cockpit conversations. The terrorists turned off
the plane’s transponder, the equipment that identifies
the plane and provides other information – such as
whether it’s been hijacked – to air-traffic
controllers tracking it by radar. Ogonowski flew the
plane with his first officer, Tom McGuinness.
“They were trying to clue in the tower,” the airline source said.
The crew was very close, having flown the Boston-Los Angeles run together regularly, the source said.
“This was a senior crew,” she said. “They’ve been around. A lot of them usually do that flight – go out on Flight 11 and come back on Flight 12 [from Los Angeles]. We all knew them really well.”
In fact, a couple of the stewardesses were married to American gate agents at Logan, she says.
“You know, I said goodbye to that crew at the gate,” the American employee said. “I was up there talking to the girls who were doing the flight, and the crew walks by and gives us all a wave. They said, ‘See you later, we’re coming back on [Flight] 12.'”
“Everyone was just stunned,” she said, when they learned some 90 minutes later of their ultimate fate in Manhattan.
As part of their investigation, FBI agents and Massachusetts state troopers have interviewed American Airlines employees and Logan airport workers, including custodians working the morning shift, to rule out an inside job and establish a record of all the people who were at the terminal that morning.
“It was pretty intense,” said the American worker.
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