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"Way off the beaten path - Shanksville/Flight 93" Top 5 Page for this destination Pittsburgh Off The Beaten Path Tip by Ewingjr98

Pittsburgh Off The Beaten Path: 65 reviews and 124 photos

  Memorial wall, benches, and the NPS building
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  • Memorial wall, benches, and the NPS building - Pittsburgh
      Memorial wall, benches, and the NPS building
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  • The old temp monument across the road - Pittsburgh
      The old temp monument across the road
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  • The monument wall - Pittsburgh
      The monument wall
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  • The crash site is next tot he tree line - Pittsburgh
      The crash site is next tot he tree line
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  • Entrance from US Rt 30 - Pittsburgh
      Entrance from US Rt 30
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On September 11th 2001, after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center Buildings in New York, then another slammed into the side of the Pentagon next to Washington, DC, a fourth plane was also in the hands of terrorists. The plane was a scheduled flight from Newark, NJ to San Francisco and had 44 people on board including the pilots, flight crew, passengers, and terrorists. The hijackers' most likely destination for this aircraft was the White House or the US Capitol Building where a joint session of Congress was underway. When the passengers learned from their loved ones on the ground about the fate of the other three aircraft and the thousands that were killed, they decided to not let the same happen to their airplane. After saying their goodbyes to their families, they decided to overrun the four terrorists in the cockpit and either kill them and land the plane, or force the plane into the ground. After they charged the cockpit and began to break down the door plane plane crashed at a high rate of speed in a field near Shanksville in south central PA.

A temporary memorial sits near the crash site. This area hosts 140,000 visitors a year who can view the crash site, look at photos of the deceased, leave trinkets or letters, or talk to the National Park Service guide in the small building. A permanent memorial is planned, and it should be opened on September 11th 2011.

I arrived on a cold day in November 2008. The wind was blowing very hard and the day's rain had turned to sleet, pelting my face and stinging my eyes. After wandering around the benches, plaques, and memorabilia, the security guard invited me into the small visitors center where the NPS guide spoke to me for about 45 minutes, mostly about the people who were on board the plane, the calls they made, and their families.

From Pittsburgh take the PA Turnpike East. From the PA Turnpike take US Rt 219 north, US 30 east, then Lambertsville Road south. The entrance is at Lambertsville Road and Skyline Road, near Shanksville PA. The route is well marked.

Phone: (814) 443-4557

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  • Updated Nov 30, 2008
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