Honoring the Flight Crews That Died 17 Years Ago Today


It’s always worse when it falls on a Tuesday.

Seventeen years ago, I remember going to bed on a Monday night, ready to wake up early for another day at work.  But on that Tuesday, well, we all know what happened on THAT Tuesday. Today will be filled with remembrances, but since this is an airline industry blog, I will, as always, honor those on-duty crewmembers who were murdered that day by printing their names.  Read 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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14 comments on “Honoring the Flight Crews That Died 17 Years Ago Today

  1. Thank you for remembering these victims who lost their lives. I knew 3 people who lost their lives in the Pentagon while I was still serving in the U.S. Army in Pennsylvania. I’m retired but still serving as a civilian now in Colorado.


  2. Thank you again for honoring the flight crews who were doing their jobs on the four ill-fated flights 17 years ago. It’s keeping their memories alive and recognizing their sacrifice on 9/11.
    Please continue this tradition so we will never forget.

  3. American 11 and United 175 we’re carrying nine and eight FA’s respectively….that seems like a lot? I’ve only ever seen four or five on any transcon I’ve flown (in coach), were they all on duty that morning? Repositioning or reporting to work elsewhere perhaps?

    Thanks for remembering.

    1. Minimum crew staffing really only became a thing as a result of cost cutting after 9/11. Standard staffing on the 757 was 6, and more on the 767 depending on the configuration. Even US Airways would add a 5th F/A on the 737-400 if there was a meal served.

  4. I have always taken issue with those who go out of their way to honor the first responders in the 9/11 incident and I try to remind them that 4 complete airline crews also lost. Thanks for this post.

  5. Always a tough day.. I was a firefighter on the west coast in a small district. On Scene for a vehicle vs 2 pedestrians. (High School Students) We kept calling for Life Flight. We were told they weren’t available. Called again. Same answer. The third time dispatch finally told us All aircraft was grounded. Lost time transporting by ground. Don’t Know if it would of helped.
    911 happened on the east coast, but the ripple went across the country.
    I retired and was a FA for almost 2 years and I am now in Aviation Security. 911 is Always a really tough day…

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