Akamai: Co-founder dies in WTC plane crash
By Daniel Sieberg
(CNN) -- Daniel Lewin, co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO) at Akamai Technologies Inc., is said by his company to have died Tuesday as a passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 11. The Boeing 767, originally bound for Los Angeles from Boston, crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. Lewin was 31.
At 8:48 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Flight 11 became the first of two airliners to slam into the 110-story structure, opening an apparently coordinated terrorist attack on the United States that shortly would be felt in Washington as an attack was made on the Pentagon.
Lewin's presence on the plane and death were confirmed to CNN by George H. Conrades, chairman and CEO of Akamai, who said, "Danny was a wonderful human being. He will be deeply missed by his many friends at Akamai. Our thoughts and prayers are with Danny's family, friends and colleagues during this time of national tragedy and personal loss."
Felicia Spagnoli, spokesperson for Akamai, said, “Obviously this is a devastating personal loss and we’re all deeply saddened.” Spagnoli said Lewin left the company’s Boston headquarters Tuesday morning and was headed for Los Angeles on business matters.