Honoring the Flight Crews That Died Seven Years Ago Today


Another year, another September 11. It’s hard to believe it’s been seven long years since that date became infamous, and it’s incredible to think how much has changed since then. There are plenty of tributes to those who lost their lives, but there’s always room for another, especially one that remembers the crews who died doing their jobs.

Last year, I decided it would be good to help build on Holly Hegeman’s tradition of publishing the names of the flight crews killed that day, and this year is no different. So, please read through the following names and remember what they went through seven years ago.

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

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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6 comments on “Honoring the Flight Crews That Died Seven Years Ago Today

  1. Thanks for doing this. I had the pleasure of meeting the parents of Sara Low and the sister of Betty Ong from AA 11 a couple years ago at an airline family assistance conference in ATL. It makes such a difference to hear the stories behind these peoples’ lives, to recognize they were daughters and sons, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers…and friends.

  2. I flew from Austin through Dallas to RDU today and was impressed with the minute of silence announced in Austin and the announcement by the lead flight attendant on American flights requesting that we pause to remember those lost on that day. Certainly the crews deserve special mention. Thanks for honoring them

  3. Cranky, thank you for honoring these individuals and former co-workers. I was working for UA on 9/11.

    There were other employees that passed away on 9/11. On UA’s flights there were a couple of non-revs traveling including a SYD station employee. I know there was at least one other and possibly more using their flight benefits. I am sure these names are included in the regular passenger manifests. I don’t know about AA’s flights.

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