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40 The plane began to fly erratically again, and Jefferson could hear cries and screams from the background. . ”44 These were the last words Jefferson reports hearing him utter. ”47 At some point in the conversation, Lyz Glick’s parents had retrieved a cell phone and called 911, and Glick’s wife then attempted to relay information back and forth between her husband and the 911 attendant. 48 He asked her if it was true that other planes had crashed into the World Trade Center, apparently having heard this from another passenger.
He asked her what kinds of planes were being used, how many were involved, and who was responsible; she told him no one yet knew answers to any of those questions. . we’re going south. . ”57 He abruptly told her, “I gotta go,” and ended the call. At 9:44, he made his third call, this one of just under a minute in duration. , might have been the one on which her husband was traveling. She quickly told him of the latest strike, and he repeated the news to those around him. He asked her if she had learned anything more since the last call regarding the responsible parties or the overall terrorist plot and the planes involved.
62 Narratives about events such as the crash of United Flight 93 can seem simple. Indeed, the Flight 93 story, as it has been created, cultivated, and consumed in much of the American public sphere, can be reduced to a single brief sentence: villains try to attack national capital with hijacked plane, but heroes foil the effort. However simple this appears, though, it is instantly clear that we need more than mere facts to come up with such a narrative, and we need much in the way of undergirding cultural material — values, beliefs, myths — to invest that simple narrative with the emotional, visceral power it is intended to have and has for many if not most who hear it in the United States.