Flight 93 (2006 film)

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For the 2006 theatrical film whose original title was Flight 93, see United 93 (film).
Flight 93
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Theatre poster
Directed by Peter Markle
Produced by Clara George
Written by Nevin Schreiner
Starring Jeffrey Nordling
Ty Olsson
Kendall Cross
Brennan Elliott
Monee Michael
Music by Velton Ray Bunch
Cinematography Mark Irwin
Edited by Scott Boyd
Release dates
30 January 2006 (USA)
Running time
89 minutes
Country Canada
USA
Language English
Arabic
Japanese

Flight 93 is a 2006 television film, directed by Peter Markle, which chronicles the events aboard United Airlines Flight 93 during the September 11 attacks. It premiered on January 30, 2006 on the A&E Network and was re-broadcast several times throughout 2006.

The film focused heavily on eight passengers, namely Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett, Jeremy Glick, Lauren Grandcolas, Donald Greene, Nicole Miller, and Honor Elizabeth Wainio. It features small appearances from many other passengers, namely Donald Peterson and his wife, Jean, and also from flight attendant Sandra Bradshaw.

The film was rated PG-13 for some violence and emotional depiction of the hijack situation.

Plot[edit]

On the morning of September 11, 2001, passengers board United Airlines Flight 93 at Newark Liberty International Airport, including Tom Burnett, Todd Beamer, Jeremy Glick, Mark Bingham, Lauren Grandcolas, Donald Greene, Nicole Miller, and Honor Elizabeth Wainio. Four al-Qaeda terrorists Ziad Jarrah, Saeed al-Ghamdi, Ahmed al-Nami, and Ahmed al-Haznawi also board the flight.

When word of the planes hitting the World Trade Center reaches Flight 93, Captain Jason Dahl and First officer LeRoy Homer Jr. ask if this is true. Ahmed al-Nami assembles a fake bomb out of clay and plastic during breakfast, then the other three hijackers prepare for invasion. Jarrah makes the first move and grabs hold of flight attendant Debbie Welsh; after a passenger is stabbed to death and the "bomb" is revealed causing mass panic among passengers, the hijackers stab Debbie, knocking her unconscious and wrestle their way into the cockpit and attack the pilots. Both pliots take actions to interfere with the hijackers, Dahl switching the output of the pilots' microphones from the cabin address speakers to the radio transmitter so that Jarrah's attempts to communicate with the passengers would instead be heard by air traffic controllers and Homer deliberately kicking his foot against the plane's yoke, putting the plane on autopilot. Both pilots are injured and fall unconscious. Both Dahl's and Homer unconscious bodies are removed from the cockpit and laid on the floor, allowing Jarrah to take over control as pilot. Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Footage of the South Tower collapsing in New York is also seen on TV at the home of one of the victims' family.

The hijackers do not prevent anyone from making phone calls through the onboard phone system. After hearing about the planes crashing into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the passengers and crew understand that if they do nothing, they will also reach a target, and eventually elect to storm the cockpit and attempt to retake the plane. The passengers make final phone calls to family in which they declare their intentions. The remaining crew assemble what makeshift weapons they can: cutlery, wine bottles, a fire extinguisher and hot water.

Learning that passenger Donald Freeman Greene had experience in flying, the group pin their hopes on his being able at least to control the plane. Todd Beamer is seen calling Lisa Jefferson, and he disconnects the phone and says, "You ready?.... Let's roll!" They start their counter-attack, running down the aisle with a food cart. Jarrah shakes the plane violently to throw the passengers off balance, but nonetheless they contiune their assault, overpowering Ahmed al-Nami, who is outside the cockpit. After boiling water is thrown at him, al-Nami is killed by Mark Bingham with a blow to the head with the hot water container. Having seen this, Saeed al-Ghamdi, Ziad and Ahmed al-Haznawi prepare to crash the plane, knowing they never reach their target. The passengers manage to breach the cockpit with the food cart. As the passengers wrestle with al-Hazawi and al-Ghamdi to get in the cockpit, al-Hazawi and al-Ghamdi order Jarrah to crash the plane. Jarrah puts the plane into a nosedive as the passengers finally gain entrance into the cockpit. The plane goes upside down, crashing into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania killing everyone on board. ATC is seen and heard desperately trying to call Flight 93, and Lisa Jefferson, with the phone still up to her ear, sits in shock. First responders arriving are shown, as they look for the plane, thinking it "landed in the woods" because "first they thought it was in the hole, but, there's nothing in there." The film ends with the families of the passengers and crew circling together in prayer.

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The DVD version was released on June 26, 2006.

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