Airplane’s black box reveals 9/11 hijacker praying to Allah in Arabic

The Daily Star Sunday, September 10, 2017.

The delayed United Airlines flight took off from Newark International Airport, New Jersey, at 8.42am and was taken over by al-Qaida terrorists just 46 minutes into the journey.

But – unlike the three other hijacked crafts – the plane never reached its intended target of the US Capitol Building after desperate passengers tried to stop the attackers.

They banded together in an attempt to prevent disaster after panicked friends and family told them in heartbreaking phone calls that the Twin Towers had been hit in suicide missions just moments before.

The black box, which records in-flight data, was later recovered from the wreckage after the plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania at 10.06am when passengers tried to rush the cockpit.

It reveals that at 9.31am – three minutes after the attackers armed with knives took over the cockpit – they made contact with air traffic control.The hijackers said over the tannoy: “Ladies and gentlemen: Here the captain, please sit down keep remaining seating. We have a bomb on board. So sit.”

In the background, a struggle can be heard, which was deemed to be the seriously injured pilot Jason Dahl trying to grab the controls.

One of the hijackers – named as Ziad Jarrah – then starts praying in Arabic, saying: “In the name of Allah, the most merciful, the most compassionate.”