757 Goes Down In Somerset County

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2001

A Boeing 757 passenger jet reportedly crashed in Somerset County, Pa., Tuesday morning. Officials at Somerset County Airport confirm the crash of a plane just north of the airport about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. No survivors were reported by a UPMC Stat Medevac crew observing the scene from its Bedford County location.

The Newark to San Francisco flight reportedly diverted its route near Pittsburgh and ignored calls from Pittsburgh International Airport controllers. Glen Cramer of Westmoreland County 911 told WTAE-TV that a call was received at about 9:58 a.m. that reported that the plane was hijacked. The call came from a man locked in the bathroom of United Flight 93. The caller said that the plane was hijacked, Cramer said. An explosion was then heard. The crash was reported 10 to 15 minutes later.

The jet went down at approximately 10:20 a.m. near Indian Lake in Buckstown, Somerset County. It is approximately eight miles from Jennerstown, near Route 30.

The plane crashed into a wooded area. For information, call the United Airlines hotline at 1-800-932-8555. 911th Air Reserve Base in Westmoreland County is under lockdown. That is regarded as one step away from a state of war.

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