Honoring the Flight Crews That Died 15 Years Ago Today

It may be a Sunday, a day on which I rarely post, but today is no ordinary Sunday. Today marks 15 years since the US airline industry (along with the entire country) was flipped on its head. There are all kinds of remembrances out there for those who were killed or injured, physically and mentally. But this an airline industry blog, and that’s why for the 10th year in row, I’m honoring the on-duty crewmembers who were murdered 15 years ago by printing their names. Read them and remember.

American 11 (Boston to Los Angeles)
Crashed into World Trade Center
Barbara Arestegui, Marstons Mills, MA, flight attendant
Jeffrey Collman, Novato, CA, flight attendant
Sara Low, Boston, MA, flight attendant
Karen Martin, Danvers, MA, flight attendant
Thomas McGuinness, Portsmouth, NH, First Officer
Kathleen Nicosia, Winthrop, MA, flight attendant
John Ogonowski, Dracut, MA, Captain
Betty Ong, Andover, MA, flight attendant
Jean Roger, Longmeadow, MA, flight attendant
Dianne Snyder, Westport, MA, flight attendant
Madeline Sweeney, Acton, MA, flight attendant

United 175 (Boston to Los Angeles)
Crashed into World Trade Center
Robert J Fangman, Claymont, DE, flight attendant
Michael Horrocks, Glen Mills, PA, First Officer
Amy Jarret, Philadelphia, PA and Rhode Island, flight attendant
Amy King, Stafford Springs, CT, flight attendant
Kathryn LaBorie, Providence, RI, flight attendant
Alfred Marchand, Alamogordo, NM, flight attendant
Victor J. Saracini, Lower Makefield Township, PA, Captain
Michael Tarrou, Stafford Springs, CT, flight attendant
Alicia Titus, San Francisco, CA, flight attendant

American 77 (Washington/Dulles to Los Angeles)
Crashed into the Pentagon
Charles Burlingame, Herndon, VA, Captain
David Charlebois, Washington, DC, First Officer
Michele Heidenberger, Chevy Chase, MD, flight attendant
Jennifer Lewis, Culpeper, VA, flight attendant
Kenneth Lewis, Culpeper, VA, flight attendant
Renee May, Baltimore, MD, flight attendant

United 93 (Newark to San Francisco)
Crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania
Lorraine Bay, Hightstown, NJ, flight attendant
Sandy Bradshaw, Greensboro, NC, flight attendant
Jason Dahl, Denver, CO, Captain
Wanda Green, Linden, NJ, flight attendant
Leroy Homer, Marlton, NJ, First Officer
CeeCee Lyles, Ft Myers, FL, flight attendant
Deborah Welsh, New York City, NY, flight attendant

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Thank you.


Thank you.

Riccardo Cabeza

Honor? Not for the pilots. Rather that stare down a box cutter, the cowards murdered other innocents


You seem to forget, but prior to 9/11 standard operating procedure was to comply with highjackers. No one had ever imagined something like this was possible, and most hijackers just wanted to get a ransom. If you complied, everyone most likely made it out alive. The pilots were trying to protect the passengers and crews in their care from further harm.

Gustavo Cifuentes

Really easy to judge when you where not there.


Thank you for remembering. As I get ready to take off on an AA flight this morning I am reminded of the brave and selfless flight crew members who lost there lives 15 years ago today.


Thank you.


Really rather sweet. I knew a few people who died and the day seems to get shown with more irreverence as the years go on.


Thank you

Barry Lewis

This morning at 7:46 am CDT, in Grapevine, Texas, a moment of silence and flag lowering ceremony was held at the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial. May we never forget!


Thanks for again doing this. Flight 11 sticks with me, because I was living in Boston at the time and had flown that flight just two days before to L.A. Ogonowski and Ong are names I’ll never forget.


Thank you.


Thank you again for a poignant reminder.




Tank you!



Gustavo Cifuentes
Shared from another page From a flight attendant on Delta Flight 15, written following 9-11: On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic. All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that “All Business” look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta’s main office in Atlanta and simply read, “All airways over the Continental United States… Read more »

Thanks for your posts each year honoring our fallen colleagues?


Thank you for posting the crew member names from 9/11.  We should never forge them.Alan NeaceHurst, TX