What happened to United Airlines Flight 93 over Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001? The official story is that heroes on the airliner took matters into their own hands and forced the plane down. The truth, however, may be far more shocking than anyone wants to admit—that a U.S. fighter jet shot the jetliner out of the sky over Shanksville, Pa.
By Victor Thorn
On the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, the first written 9-11 conspiracy theory was formulated by Mr. Peter Currenti—only hours after the WTC towers were struck, and the events in Shanksville and at the Pentagon had transpired. Of course many people immediately knew—as soon as WTC 1 and WTC 2 were destroyed—that something was awry, for steel buildings simply don’t collapse in the manner that we saw on TV unless they were intentionally weakened and destroyed via controlled demolitions. One researcher—Dave McGowan—even wrote (on Sept. 12, 2001) the first official 9-11 conspiracy article, appropriately titled, Welcome to the New and Improved Police State. McGowan was so correct in his analysis—even then, one day after 9-11—that he commented, “To be sure, the collapse of the towers, captured on tape for the world to see, had the decided appearance of controlled implosions.” Coincidentally, McGowan’s future 9-11 work, which is some of the best ever compiled, would play a crucial role in our exploration of what really happened to Flight 93.
But even before McGowan’s column appeared on the Internet, the following line was included in a prophetic e-mail Peter Currenti wrote to me on the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001: “The fourth crash in Pennsylvania … en-route to the White House … was taken out by the Air Force (I’d bet money on it).”
And with these poignant words, the mystery of Flight 93 began. Over the course of the next four years, this quote would remain with me as I investigated the WTC controlled demolitions, how Flight 77 never struck the Pentagon, and dozens of other anomalies that proved the government’s “official” version of events was a bald-faced lie.
Regrettably, as my research continued over the years, one area of investigation seemed to get neglected more than any other—and that was the Shanksville crash. Fortunately, in mid-October 2005, radio talk show host Keith Hansen (a.k.a. Vyzygoth—From the Grassy Knoll) suggested that Lisa Guliani and I appear on his show to discuss the many questions surrounding Flight 93. After agreeing to do so, all three of us admitted that we’d spent less time investigating this aspect of 9-11 than any other.
But since the gauntlet had now been thrown down, we thrust ourselves into this matter with the vigor of detectives on a new case. What we discovered in relation to this phenomenon was eye-opening to say the least, and somewhat later we conducted what would be our first interview with Keith Hansen on this subject. As you will soon see, in this initial discussion we started shooting scattershot at all the various issues surrounding Flight 93, including a lack of wreckage at the crash site, unverifiable (and seemingly impossible) cell phone calls made from 33,000 feet, the perplexing case of Todd and Lisa Beamer of “Let’s Roll” fame, the government’s Victim Compensation Fund, Operation Northwoods, and how the official timetable didn’t coincide with actual events (including seismographic data). As a result, this initial interview was invaluable in laying a foundation that something was seriously wrong with the government’s official explanation.
But instead of arriving at any cold hard conclusions, our first interview posed even more questions that demanded answers. Thus, the need for interview number two was a foregone conclusion, so we strapped a high-powered scope onto our rifles and started aiming dead-center at the target. The outcome of this interview was so rewarding and provocative—and far more sinister than what we were told by government officials—that people who listened started urging us to put it into book form for posterity. And in all honesty, we had to concur, for what we have here is history—real history—that absolutely and positively disproves (once again) the government’s smokescreens, diversions, disinformation, and outright lies. In other words, what you will read is in stark contrast to all the mainstream media news reports that emerged in the days and weeks following 9-11. Furthermore, the information contained in these two interviews unfolds like a mystery novel and is so dramatic that the reader ultimately reaches one of those “aha” moments where everything suddenly becomes perfectly clear and they understand what actually took place that fateful day. These revelations ultimately force all of us—even the most hardened skeptic—to reexamine what happened to Flight 93.
Hopefully, the information presented in this book will produce a paradigm shift in the way we view 9-11, for it has now become abundantly clear that practically everything the government has told us about this ghastly event has been a lie. Everything! And now, quite possibly the most enigmatic piece to the puzzle has been laid on the table—the great hoax of Phantom Flight 93.
It is suggested that readers peruse the “Photo Gallery” found on pages 181-189 before reading this book in order to familiarize themselves with the scenes described.
Victor Thorn was a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and author of over 50 books. He passed away on Aug. 1, 2016.