United 93 Research Paper

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Tayla Galvin
Grade 12-M
History Original Research Task

Research Question:

‘To what extent does the movie United 93 accurately depict the devastation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as the economic and social consequences it still has on the USA in present times?”


On September 11th 2001, a series of 4 co-coordinated terrorist attacks were carried out by al-Qaeda – an Islamic terrorist group, in order to cripple the US and destroy their main hotspots.
The origins of al-Qaeda can be traced to 1979 when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden traveled to Afghanistan and helped organize Arab mujahideen to resist the Soviets. Bin Laden became more radical, and in 1996, he called for American
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The film depicts a first hand account of United flight 93 en route to Washington DC as it is presumed, however it is redirected to Pennsylvania where it ultimately crashes due to a terrorist hijacking aboard the aircraft. United Airlines Flight 93 was a domestic scheduled passenger flight that was hijacked by four Al-Qaeda terrorists on board, as part of the September 11 attacks. It crashed into a field near the Diamond T. Mine in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. There was an attempt by some of the passengers to regain control, killing all 44 people aboard including the four hijackers. The hijackers breached the aircraft's cockpit and overpowered the flight crew approximately 46 minutes after takeoff. For any American around during the events of 9/11 this is a tragically reminiscent film of that day. Very simple in its execution, and heart wrenching to watch, "United 93" tells the story, in real time, of the American heroes who felled flight 93, United Airlines. The action that takes place on the plane feels very real, the tension brought on by the terrorists feels consequential and terrifying, and how sad it is to see these people say goodbye to their loved ones, and try to take control of their situation. The movie details the accounts of this horrific…show more content…
It documents what the FAA controllers witnessed on that terrifying day. The FAA believed the second 9/11 plane was heading towards New York for an emergency landing, however later it was released that it was indeed a hijacking. The source clearly documents the chronology of the attacks and eye-witness/black box accounts of how the event unfolded. “Ten minutes after American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) controllers in New York saw United Airlines Flight 175 heading "right towards the city," but thought it was aiming for an emergency landing at a New York airport, according to FAA documents released this week under the Freedom of Information Act and posted on the web by the National Security Archive. Minutes later, Flight 175 hit the south tower of the World Trade
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