Honoring the Flight Crews That Died 16 Years Ago Today


I know one year shouldn’t make a difference, but there’s something about this year’s anniversary that makes 9/11 seem more distant than it used to. Maybe it’s the hurricanes, the threat of nuclear annihilation, or any of the other potential disasters that just seem so much more imminent. Or maybe it’s just that time keeps marching on. Either way, just because it’s distant doesn’t mean we can forget. For the 11th year in row, I’m honoring the on-duty crewmembers who were murdered that day 16 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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17 comments on “Honoring the Flight Crews That Died 16 Years Ago Today

  1. Thanks, Brett.

    I always think “next year” will be a little bit less of a gut punch, and then it comes around, and I’m proven wrong.

  2. We are enough years removed that there are people entering adulthood who don’t have recollection of that fateful day. Thank you for this annual memorial.

  3. Agree with kevinaalexander. I visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum this year. When we were walking towards the entrance we saw people leaving that were very upset and some were crying. I assumed that they had lost loved ones. But I was probably wrong. This museum hits you hard. I don’t think we will ever forget, nor should we. While this country argues a lot within itself we are all Americans. I feel very lucky to be a citizen of this great country. America proud!

  4. Thank you again for publishing and honoring the flight crews who died on 9/11. We can never forget those crews who gave their lives on their last flight.
    We can never forget any of the victims but those of us in the industry feel a closeness to the flight crews who perished that day 16 years ago.
    Thank you again for helping us to remember.

  5. Thank you for helping us remember amidst as you say all the other things happening today

    Louie Horvath Retired United Customer Service

  6. I had just finished reading some of the stories about flights that were diverted to Gander. Thanks for making me take a moment to remember the brave crews that were lost.

  7. Again, thank you. I appreciate reading their names. I had a friend on flight 11, so I always think about the flight in particular every year.

  8. To annually honor the named crew-members of American(s) United (pun VERY much intended).  Smile ANGELS…we love you all.   Norman Wherrettaka A Kindred Soul

  9. My 1st grader had a very basic unit on 9/11 Monday, which led to him asking us to see pictures of the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and even a plane hitting it and with them on fire. While we could have showed him any one of the pictures of United 175 crashing into the South Tower, we showed him before and after pictures of both NY and the Pentagon. He asked why someone would do that. That was hard to explain.

  10. Thank you for sharing your recollections of that day and reminding us of the crew members who perished.
    I remain surprised that the terrorists were able to achieve access to all four cockpits.
    I recall that some decades earlier cockpits were rendered invulnerable in response to a rash of highjackings, mostly to Cuba.

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