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Family Members of Passengers Aboard Doomed Aircraft Speak

Aired September 12, 2001 - 05:23   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: Well, Vince, amid the chaos in New York and Washington, there was another hijacking and plane crash. And this time it was in Pennsylvania. United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a field near Pittsburgh. There were 45 people on board and no one survived.

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FRANK MONOCO, PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE: What we're doing is maintaining the scene. We have 150 troopers both mounted on horseback and on foot in two separate perimeters, keeping the scene as pristine as possible, protect it for the further investigation and to make sure that no one is injured through a biohazard or wants to get into the crime scene.

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LIN: And just a few minutes ago, John King reported that government sources are telling CNN United Flight 93 was likely headed for a government target. Possibly the White House, the Capitol, or even Camp David.

VINCE CELLINI, CNN ANCHOR: Well, so many people have outpourings of emotion, we'd like to hear from you and to do that, you can contact us by e-mail at this address: Daybreak@CNN.com, please include your name and where you are writing from and this might be an opportunity for you to express your views on this terrible, terrible turn of events.

LIN: Also as a service to our viewers, Vince, some of you might want to grab a pen or pencil, throughout the day we're going to be broadcasting telephone numbers where you can call for information about passengers, flights, that sort of thing. So these numbers will run through out the morning. So go ahead and prepare for that if you need to.

Also, a handful of people who died in the plane crashes had one last chance to say goodbye to their loved ones. In fact, one man called his family in San Francisco from United Flight 93.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: ... that I love you very, very much, in case I don't see you again. QUESTION: He said that?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That the plane has been taken over by hijackers. And then I said, well, we love you very much, too, Mark. Let me go get your mother.

ALICE HOGLAN, MOTHER OF VICTIM: I got on the phone, Mark, and he said, hi, mom, this is Mark -- giving me his last -- and he said, I want to let you know that I love you and I'm flying -- I think he said, I'm in the air. I'm calling you on the air phone of the airplane.

QUESTION: In his seat?

HOGLAN: I presume so. He said I want you to know I love you very much and I'm calling you from the plane. We've been taken over. There are three men that say they have a bomb. And I said, well who are they, Mark? And he repeated that he loved me -- I don't think he said, I don't know who they are, he just became distracted there as if someone was speaking to him. He said something to the effect that, it's true, and then the phone went dead.

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LIN: Her son, Mark Bingham (ph), was on the flight that crashed in that field near Pittsburgh.

Now John Ogonowski was the captain of American Airlines flight 11, and his plane crashed into one of the twin towers at the World Trade Center. His family spoke out yesterday.

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JIM OGONOWSKI, BROTHER OF PILOT: I ask all of you for your prayers for, as I referred to him as, Brother John. And I ask you to also pray for our whole country today in this tragedy that's impacting our whole country.

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LIN: Mr. Ogonowski leaves a wife and three daughters.

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