FAA's Oberlin Post Managers Recall Sept. 11 Decisions
August 13, 2002 at 6:00 PM EST - Updated June 30 at 12:30 AM
OBERLIN, Ohio (AP) - The first unusual radio transmission from United Airlines Flight 93 on Sept. 11 was the sound of a struggle.
Air Route Traffic Control Center Manager Rick Kettell said on Tuesday that controllers in Oberlin heard three more frightening transmissions that included more struggling and the voice of a suspected terrorist.
All the while, controllers at the center, near Cleveland, monitored the hijacked flight while guiding thousands of airplanes to quick landings after an order to clear the nation's skies.
The center controls flights over parts of Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Indiana and Michigan.
Kettell said that he's proud that the controllers stayed calm and professional, even as they suspected Flight 93 had crashed in Pennsylvania.
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