Monday, September 11, 2006

9/11 Remembered - 4:35 pm

September 11, 2001, Tuesday, 4:35 pm (Indiana East)

From WorldNet Daily online:

FBI seizes 911 tape

Recording may have information about downed United flight

The FBI has seized tape of an emergency cell-phone call from a man locked in the bathroom of a Boeing 757, minutes before the passenger jet plowed into a strip mine in Somerset County, Pa., earlier today. The call was received by the Westmoreland County 911 about 9:58 a.m. and claimed the plane had been hijacked. Westmoreland immediately alerted the Federal Aviation Administration. Upon hearing of the tape, the FBI arrived "quite rapidly," according to Daniel Stevens, the emergency service's public information officer. WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh first reported the existence of the tape from the Newark-to-San Francisco United Airlines flight. "We're not releasing any information on the tape," said Stevens, who confirmed that the FBI had taken possession of the recording. The FBI is treating the crash site as a crime scene, according to WTAE, and FAA investigators are en route from Chicago and will be taken by bus to the scene at Stonycreek Township, about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh. Rumors abound about the downing of the plane, including some fingering the U.S. military in shooting down the flight. "It makes sense if you think about it," said WTAE Assignment Editor Peggy Drazal, who's been fielding a wide assortment of scenarios since the disaster. "Why would terrorists down the plane in the woods when bigger targets are around?" Another angle, Drazal said, is that the pilot may have resisted the hijackers' aim and downed the plane before it could cause any damage beyond the loss of the 45 passengers onboard. Westmoreland County 911 is planning to release further details about the FBI's seizure of the tape later tonight.
The AP is now reporting that approximately 100 people were killed in the Pentagon attack.

Gas Prices


Gas stations in the Wabash Valley and across the nation are dealing with long lines in response to today's attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Many stations in central Indiana have long lines of people waiting to purchase gas. Prices range from a 'normal' $1.39 per gallon up to $3.59 per gallon. Greg Seiter with the AAA Hoosier Motor Club says his office has received reports of gas prices rising to three or four dollars a gallon in some Indiana cities. But The Associated Press has not been able to confirm such high prices in the state at this time. Seiter believes motorists are reacting to the rise in crude oil prices in overseas trading. He says shortly after this morning's attacks, those prices rose to 30 dollars a barrel. Seiter says crude oil prices account for about 70 percent of the pretax price of gasoline.

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