Flight 93 Passengers, Crew Honored at Capitol

More Than 40 Family Members Present

By KIMBERLY HEFLING
|  Thursday, Sep 10, 2009  |  Updated 2:09 PM EDT
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Flight 93 Passengers, Crew Honored at Capitol

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The plaque was unveiled at the Capitol, a possible target of Flight 93 hijackers.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two days before the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, family members of the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 who died that day are being honored on Capitol Hill.

A bronze plaque paying tribute to their heroism is being unveiled Wednesday at the Capitol nearly eight years later.

The plane was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when it was diverted. The official 9/11 Commission report said the hijackers crashed the plane as passengers tried to wrest control of the cockpit from them.

The Capitol or White House were likely targets of terrorists on board the flight before it was brought down by passengers and crew.

Plans are under way for a larger memorial at the crash site in western Pennsylvania.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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