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Victor Saracini was the pilot of Flight 175.

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8:40 a.m. September 11, 2001: Flight 175 Enters New York Center’s Airspace, Makes Radio Contact Edit

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Flight 175 passes from the airspace of the Boston Center to the airspace of the New York Center. [1] New York Center air traffic controller Dave Bottiglia takes over monitoring the flight from Boston Center controller John Hartling [see 1]. Flight 175 waits nearly 45 seconds to check in with Bottiglia. According to author Lynn Spencer, this is “rather long, and Bottiglia is just about to call the plane.” But then Captain Victor Saracini, the pilot of Flight 175, makes radio contact, saying, “New York, United 175 heavy.” [2][3]

8:41 a.m.-8:42 a.m. September 11, 2001: Flight 175 Reports ‘Suspicious Transmission’ Heard over Radio as It Departed Airport Edit

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“We figured we’d wait to go to your center. Ah, we heard a suspicious transmission on our departure out of Boston, ah, with someone, ah, it sounded like someone keyed the mikes and said, ah, ‘Everyone, ah, stay in your seats.’”[4][5][6]


Saracini is presumably referring to one of the three radio transmissions from Flight 11, where the voice of a hijacker could be heard [see 3]. However, none of these had included the hijacker telling people to stay in their seats, as Saracini describes, although the second and third transmissions included the hijacker telling the passengers, “Nobody move.” [7] Bottiglia responds: “Oh, okay. I’ll pass that along.” Referring to the fact that this was the end of the transmission he heard, Saracini adds, “It cut out,” and then asks Bottiglia, “Did you copy that?” [2] [8] This is the last radio transmission from Flight 175.

The 9/11 Commission will conclude that the plane is hijacked within the next four minutes [see 4].[9] According to author Lynn Spencer, since controllers are only given information on a need-to-know basis, Bottiglia was unaware there were problems with Flight 11, which has not yet entered his airspace. He touches his computer screen to connect to the hotline for his sector controller[who?], and then reports:

“UAL 175 just came on my frequency and he said he heard a suspicious transmission when they were leaving Boston. ‘Everybody stay in your seats’—that’s what he heard… just to let you know.” [4][8]


(Between 8:42 a.m. and 8:46 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Hijackers Take Over Flight 175Edit

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According to the 9/11 Commission, Flight 175 is hijacked some time between 8:42—when its flight crew (Victor Saracini and Michael Horrocks) make their last communication with the ground—and 8:46.

The Commission describes that the hijackers

“used knives (as reported by two passengers(Peter Hanson and[who?] ) and a flight attendant[who?]), Mace Wikipedia (reported by Peter Hanson), and the threat of a bomb (also reported by Hanson). They stabbed members of the flight crew (reported by a flight attendant and one passenger). Both pilots had been killed (reported by one flight attendant).”

These witness accounts come from phone calls made from the rear of the plane, from passengers who’d been assigned seats in the front or middle of the cabin. According to the Commission, this is “a sign that passengers and perhaps crew [are] moved to the back of the aircraft.” [1][2]

An unnamed employee at the FAA’s Boston Center later says the hijacking occurs when Flight 175 is above Albany, NY, about 140 miles north of New York City.[3]The first “operational evidence” that something is wrong is at 8:47, when Flight 175’s transponder code changes twice within a minute [see 5].[1]


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