Honoring the Flight Crews That Died Ten Years Ago Today

It’s a rare Sunday post here on Cranky, but of course, it’s no ordinary Sunday. It’s been 10 years since four aircraft were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania, and this is the fifth year that I’ll be following Holly Hegeman’s lead in honoring those flight crews that died while they were just doing their jobs.

There’s a heightened awareness of the event this year since it’s the 10th anniversary, but that’s really just a number. It’s not any easier or harder for those families who lost someone than it was last year on this day. So let’s forget about the pomp and circumstance and just honor those we lost in our airline family.

American 11 (Boston to Los Angeles)
Crashed into World Trade Center
John Ogonowski, Dracut, Mass., Captain; Thomas McGuinness, Portsmouth, N.H., First Officer; Barbara Arestegui, flight attendant; Jeffrey Collman, flight attendant; Sara Low, flight attendant; Karen Martin, flight attendant; Kathleen Nicosia, flight attendant; Betty Ong, flight attendant; Jean Roger, flight attendant; Dianne Snyder, flight attendant; Madeline Sweeney, flight attendant

United 175 (Boston to Los Angeles)
Crashed into World Trade Center
Victor J. Saracini, Lower Makefield Township, Pa., Captain; Michael Horrocks, First Officer; Amy Jarret, flight attendant; Al Marchand, flight attendant; Amy King, flight attendant; Kathryn Laborie, flight attendant; Michael Tarrou, flight attendant; Alicia Titus, flight attendant; Robert J Fangman, flight attendant

American 77 (Washington/Dulles to Los Angeles)
Crashed into the Pentagon
Charles Burlingame, Captain; David Charlebois, First Officer; Michele Heidenberger, flight attendant; Jennifer Lewis, flight attendant; Kenneth Lewis, flight attendant; and Renee May, flight attendant

United 93 (Newark to San Francisco)
Crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania
Jason Dahl, Colorado, Captain; Leroy Homer, Marlton, N.J., First Officer; Sandy Bradshaw, flight attendant; CeeCee Lyles, flight attendant; Lorraine Bay, flight attendant; Wanda Green, flight attendant; Deborah Welsh, flight attendant

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Nathan Carriker

Thanks for this, Cranky. Everyone who wears a flight crew uniform with pride lost part of our souls that day, regardless of whether we knew any of them personally.


I agree with Nathan, Flight Crews are often overlooked in a tragedy like this, but they were on the front line of this tragedy and any airline crew member was and will be affected forever. It changed our country and the airline industry for sure.


Read a story about a Robert Fangman, Flight Attendant, on United 175. Any reason why don’t you mention him ?


Thank you Brett


Thank you for remembering and honoring the flight crews. More often than not they are never mentioned.


On that day FAA security knowingly looked like a piece of Swiss cheese resulting in the loss of our professional colleagues, those in their care, and many other innocents.Governments do have responsibilities. I note the absence of Jane Garvey from the solemn occasions of today but the presence of others with responsibilities. May the victims be blessed.


Hear hear! May they rest in peace.

Thank you Brett for doing this.

From an Australian who loves the US.

Katie McMillan

Great post. May we remember them all and never forget the pain that war and terror bring on all the innocents involved. Well written, empathetic post.


Best post I have seen of late. These people were the true “first responders” and met the bad guys head on. What a sad day. Thank you for all you do airline crews!


Thoughts and prayers are with the crew families on this sad day. And, thanks to all those crewmembers that continue to work the front lines.