4 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 12, 2001
Call from plane details hijacking
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A passenger on
United Airlines Flight 93 called on his cell phone
from a locked bathroom and delivered a chilling
message. "We are being hijacked, we are being
Minutes later the jetliner crashed in western Penn-
sylvania with 45 people aboard, the last of four
closely timed terror attacks across the country.
Radar showed the San Francisco-bound Boeing
757 from Newark, N.J., had nearly reached Cleve-
land when it made a sharp left turn and headed back
toward Pennsylvania, crashing in a grassy field
edged by woods about 80 miles southeast of Pitts-
burgh. There was no sign of any survivors.
"There's a crater gouged in the earth, the plane is
pretty much disintegrated. There's nothing left but
scorched trees," said Mark Stahl, of Somerset, who
went to the scene.
The Boeing 757 crash was one of four reported
yesterday by United and American Airlines. Two jet-
liners crashed into the World Trade Center in New
York City and one hit the Pentagon in Washington.
A Virginia congressman said the Flight 93's
intended target was apparently Camp David, the
presidential retreat in the mountains of Maryland,
about 85 miles southeast of the crash site.
United said Flight 93 left Newark at 8:01 a.m. with
38 passengers, two pilots and five flight attendants.
Minutes before the 10 a.m. crash, an emergency
dispatcher in Pennsylvania received a cell phone call
from a man who said he was a passenger locked in a
bathroom aboard United Flight 93. The man repeated-
ly said the call was not a hoax, said dispatch supervi-
sor Glenn Cramer in neighboring Westmoreland
"We are being hijacked, we are being hijacked!"
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Post office to raise first class rates
The cost of mailing a letter will go up again next year, jumping 3 cents to 37
Citing a looming $1.65 billion deficit, the U.S. Postal Service announced yes-
terday it will seek rate increases averaging about 9 percent, including the boost
for personal letters.
"The fact is, our options are limited," said Robert Rider, chairman of the
agency's board of governors. "We must take the necessary action today."
Rider said the decision by the governing board was unanimous.
The current 34-cent mail rate took effect in January along with increases in
many other classes of mail. Another boost in some rates kicked in July 1.
Nonetheless, rising costs for fuel, labor and health care threaten more red ink
for the agency, officials said. Currently, the post office is in labor negotiations
with unions representing about 700,000 workers.
"We do not intend to mortgage the future of the Postal Service," Rider said of
the need to raise money to balance the budget.
Earlier, managers ordered a freeze on new construction and cut back on overtime
and other costs, trimming the Postal Service's deficit from $3 billion to an estimated
Iraq captures 2nd unmanned U.S. spy plane
A second unmanned U.S. spy plane has been downed by Iraq in less than a
month, Baghdad said yesterday, following American reports that Iraq was beef-
ing up its ability to strike U.S. and British aircraft patrolling no-fly zones over
Iraq's north and south.
A U.S. military spokesman said a plane was missing and its loss was being
investigated. The official Iraqi News Agency reported that wreckage of the
downed aircraft - carrying "highly advanced equipment" - had been found. It
did not mention any pilots.
Maj. Brett Morris, spokesman for a U.S.-British military task force in the Gulf,
said coalition forces had lost a Predator aircraft yesterday similar to the recon-
naissance plane lost last month.
"We have lost contact with our unmanned observation aircraft," Morris told
The Associated Press in Manama. Bahrain.
"There is an investigation going on ... with regard to the Predator's disappear-
ance," he said. "We are working with the assumption that the plane has gone and
are trying to figure out why it went down and how it went down."
Israeli tanks and bulldozers rumbledI
into the West Bank town of Jenin early
today and tore down the police head-
quarters amid gunfire from Palestini-
ans, the town's vice governor said.
The incursion followed a day of vio-
lence yesterday in which three Palestini-
ans were killed, two in exchanges of
gunfire between Israeli forces and gun-
men in Jenin and the other in the Gaza
Truce talks between Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli For-
eign Minister Shimon Peres, set tenta-
tively for Tuesday, were postponed in
reaction to the incursion and because
of a dispute over the venue. The Israeli
military spokesman would not comment
on today's action, saying the military
does not give details of troop move-
ments. But Israd has said Jenin is a cen-
ter of militant Palestinian activity and
ilhs wouie of cberl siuheld; bomnbes.
About a third of the rifles and other
field weapons so far surrendered by
ethnic Albanians in Macedonia do not
work and may not have been used in
recent fighting, military sources said
Such a tally would raise questions
about the rebels' commitment to dis-
arm and bolster objections from Mace-
donians who claim the peace accord
will fail to cripple the insurgents' abil-
ity to battle.
NATO spokesman Barry Johnson
confirmed some of the rebel weapons
were "non-operational." He set the fig-
ure lower: about 5 percent beyond
ordinary repair and between 15 per-
cent and 20 percent needing some
work to return to service.
The military sources said as many as
35 percent to 40 percent of the semi-
automatic rifles, machines guns and
smaller arms were "out of operation."
NA HA, Japan
Airman denies rape
A U.S. airman denied raping an
Okinawan woman as a closely watched
trial began here yesterday, and one of
his lawyers expressed concern the case
had been caught up in a "whirlwind"
Staff Sgt. Timothy Woodland denied
the prosecution's charges that he
grabbed the 20-year-old wominan fun
behind, forced her onto the hood of a
car in a parking lot outside a bar and
"It was consensual. I didn't rape
her," Woodland told the Naha District
Court. "There was no assault or vio-
lence or any other thing involved in
Woodland was brought into the
court by four security guards. He was
dressed in a beige suit, a tie and wore
plastic slippers issued by the police. If
convicted, he faces a minimum of two
years in prison.
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