Hijackers crashed the plane as passengers tried to take control of the cockpit.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Discovery Channel will air a re-creation of the terrorist hijacking of Flight 93 on the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The program will be called "The Flight That Fought Back" and will include about 45 minutes of re-created scenes depicting what happened before the plane crashed in a southwestern Pennsylvania field. Forty passengers and crew members were killed.
The show is being produced by London-based Brook Lapping Productions, which is getting cooperation on the project from United Airlines and some family members of those killed in the attack.
"A few people didn't want to have anything to do with it just because they just don't want to have anything to do with anything [relating to that day]," Phil Craig, the project's executive producer, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I think there will be some people who don't like it because their family member isn't highlighted, but when you're a filmmaker, you have to balance all sorts of things."
Telling the story
Flight 93 was en route to San Francisco from Newark, N.J., when it was hijacked and ultimately crashed in Somerset County, about 65 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The official 9/11 Commission report said the hijackers crashed the plane as passengers tried to take control of the cockpit.
Craig said the show isn't meant to be a definitive look at what happened that day, and that there are still unanswered questions about what went on. For example, the show will portray the hijackers getting into the cockpit, but not how they got there since that isn't known, he said.
"There are some dialogue scenes on the plane, 90 percent of these are based on tape evidence and the memories of people who spoke to people on the flight," he said. "We have invented a few lines of dialogue that's been based on consultation with people who knew them."