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A Look at the Incredible Claim That Hijackers with Box Cutters Commandeered 4 Planes on 9/11

At Reddit, I managed to get into a discussion with one of the wags on that site regarding a question someone posed on 9/11.  What’s so sophisticated about hijacking a plane? No point in letting the outcome go to waste.

In answering such a question, it’s important not to let these types lead you down straw-man fallacy paths. My response is concise. It’s based on a statement to me from my cousin who was a 20-year domestic-airline pilot. He said this to me shortly after 9/11: No American pilots would turn over an aircraft to hijackers wielding box cutters, as claimed on 9/11. That seems logical, but in today’s world we need to tighten up our case.

The wag responded with a whole list of global hijackings dating back a century to prove it was not a big deal. However, a perusal of the list revealed only three U.S. hijackings between 1983-2001 — and two were thwarted by the crew, one crashed.

From Wikipedia: The so-called “Golden Age” of skyjacking in the United States ran from 1968 through 1979, with attacks tapering off after as new regulations made boarding aircraft with weapons extremely difficult.

Jan. 11, 1987: A Continental Airlines DC-9 was hijacked in flight by Norwood Emanuel. Captain Mark Meyer was credited with thwarting the hijacking by quickly landing at Dulles International outside of Washington, D.C

San Luis Obispo in 1987, when a disgruntled PSA employee shot the pilot of PSA flight 1771 to death, resulting in the crash of the plane and the death of everyone aboard.

April 7, 1994: FedEx Flight 705 experienced an attempted hijack by disgruntled employee Auburn Calloway as it left Memphis, Tennessee.

So four hijackings on 9/11 would have been one of the most extreme outliers and coinkydinks in history. Not only were hijacking attempts in U.S. skies rare in the 18 years leading up to 9/11, but in the United States no hijacker succeeded in taking over the aircraft during that period. I could find no hijackings — even during the “Golden Age” (1968-1979) — that succeeded where the perp carried a knife, let alone a box cutter. And it happened four times on 9/11. 

Commercial pilots are trained to squawk a universal hijack code (7500), if they are subject to an attempted hijacking, thereby notifying FAA controllers on the ground. The fact is that not one of the eight pilots (four pilots and four co-pilots) on the four hijacked planes performed this action.

“To communicate to air traffic control that an aircraft is being hijacked, a pilot under duress should squawk 7500 or vocally, by radio communication, transmit “(Aircraft callsign) Transponder seven five zero zero.”

So the storytelling goes something like this: First the hijackers were able to overcome stewardesses on four separate flights and obtain a key to the cockpit door. This was somehow accomplished without commotion in the midst of passengers.

Then the hijackers were able to unlock the doors and enter the cockpit in manner that “surprised” the crew sufficiently to beat all eight crew members on four separate flights to the squawk module in their own cockpits. This, plus overcoming the crews, was all done with a comic-book world hijacking weapon shown here. I know for a fact from my conversation with my cousin that many — if not most — airline pilots during this period were former military, including him.

Update: New footage of WTC has been released on June 1, 2018 from FOIA request. Go to full screen. The money shots start at 45:25 showing good quality footage of the molten metal streaming off the building. At 47:15 the building goes down, with some of the best footage ever of the sheer dustification of the structure. He slows it to 0.25 speed at 47:30. End 49:45.

15 Comments on A Look at the Incredible Claim That Hijackers with Box Cutters Commandeered 4 Planes on 9/11

  1. Great story, Russ. Just one minor correction. There was a successful hijacking over San Luis Obispo in 1987, when a disgruntled PSA employee shot the pilot of PSA flight 1771 to death, resulting in the crash of the plane and the death of everyone aboard.

    • Thanks. The Naudet film, meticulously analyzed by Leslie Raphael, would seem to indicate that something did indeed fly into the northern tower and needed to be documented, even though the shape is not clear and the speed appears excessive for a passenger plane. No wake vortex is visible in the smoke plume immediately after the impact. Richard D. Hall’s research cross-checking trajectories of clips shot seem to indicate something real was airborne, potentially a cruise missile. But how the image was altered is not clear to me.

  2. Whatever hit the towers at >500 mph weren’t passenger planes which can travel at that speed at altitude only. How the crude plane-like forms (no navigation lights, no wake vortices, unrealistic impacts and wrong-colored smoke) were achieved is a mystery. Box-cutter discussion – however tempting – still grants the official story of hijacked airlines undeserved credibility.

    Thanks for the clip. The dust is not expelled at the enormous speed of a conventional explosion.

    Compare the damage to cars along FDR Drive in 9/11 to cars damaged in last year’s California’s “forest fires” where one can see a similar obliteration of refractory materials like porcelain, glass, cement, steel.

    • The box cutter story has zero credibilty. Keep in mind that I am writing for a wider audience at times. This best approach is to destory their lies and narrative from all angles- just to get people to start processing. It shouldn’t be our goal to solve the entire operation with precision, that’s impossible as well as unreasonable.

      • This I do realize (and appreciate), but at the same time wonder whether attacking small inconsistencies which corroborate the main fraud is productive. Addressing the lack of logged airline parts recovered or that incorrect turbine photographed on Murray Street, for example, goes right to the planes-hijacked fiction. From a recent TRS show, I heard Ryan Dawson talking about knives and not box-cutters. That sort of narrative change could reinvigorate the official story.

        In addition, few people have combat experience or have ever confronted a knife or razor-wielder and have Hollywood goggles on. On the other hand, planes that are swallowed into buildings frankly look weird. Many true-believers comment spontaneously about the images being like a B-grade movie.

        • If you have time and the other person’s attention by all means. And alumnum aircraft just slicing into steel framed skyscapers works too. A quick 1-2-3 punch of that, the 19 hijacker boxcutter/4 planes narrative and the clip of NIST’s John Gross’ denying molten metal on camera will raise most eyebrows of those who have never looked into this. If those don’t work save your breath, you are dealing with a hopeless zombie.

          At this point you have maybe 5-10 more minutes with most people who are not brain dead or in total denial. That leaves WTC 7, Silverstein’s pull it, a good look at the dustification and sheer explosiveness of the building in free fall in slow motion, reminding that an “office fire” caused this. This new video in my post looks very good for that.

          I used to go into how planes can’t fly at 500 mph at sea level without breaking up, but that loses most. Has to be basic and understandable. If they asked who did it, and you tell them what we know that it was more than “just Cheney”, the conversation will be immediately terminated and all points you have registered will be nullified. That has to be broached carefully over time.

  3. Watch any video from a fixed camera showings the south tower collapse. About 5-7 seconds prior to the beginnings of collapse the fixed camera shakes as if some type of deep earth event had just occurred. Cameras on a helicopter overhead pixilate about 5 seconds prior as if something of an electron nature is zapping the camera’s internal electronics.

      • It’s easier to see on this north tower video.

        Watch at 20 – 22 seconds.
        The fixed camera very slightly shakes. The time it must have taken for the ground blast to travel across to this location and radiate up this building could be several seconds but overall from the shake to the first signs of gushing pyroclastic clouds is under 5 seconds. Since the shake is pre collapse, it’s impossible that the shaking is being caused by the building collapse. And I would also suggest if the camera was hand held the collapse would have caused the person holding it to emotionally react at the first sign of implosion. No, the camera is most definitely in a fixed position and was able to finely catch the earth tremor of a below ground large explosion.

          • Difficult to grasp that such evil exists in this world and walks amongst us. Clearly since 11/22/63 the sociopaths no longer fear punishment.

    • These numbers don’t match with the story where the image was found. I think this chart is misinformation. If you have the real McCoy please post it. I could not find such a Reuters poll.

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