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Todd Beamer: Who Is The Hero Passenger On The 9/11 United Airlines Flight 93?

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Todd Morgan Beamer was an American man aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked and crashed as part of the September 11 attacks in 2001. He was born on November 25, 1968, in Flint, Michigan, US. He is the son of David Beamer and Peggy Jackson Beamer.

Beamer attended Wheaton Christian Grammar School, where he played soccer, basketball and baseball. He attended Wheaton Academy Christian High School from 1983 to 1985 where he excelled in the same sports.

Todd Beamer
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Beamer also attended Wheaton College. While there, he met Lisa Brousious, his future wife, during a senior seminar class. They got married on May 14, 1994.

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Flight 93

Mr. Beamner was working for a computer company, selling their software. Terrorists took control of the plan 46 minutes into the flight. “We have a bomb on board, so sit,” they announced to the cabin. The destination for the plane was changed to Washington, DC.

As some passengers were able to call family and friends, it became known to the travelers that the World Trade Center had been hit by two planes and that another one had struck the Pentagon in Virginia.

Mr. Beamer and the other passengers soon realized that they were on the fourth plane part of that larger attack on the US. As he attempted to make a call, he was connected to Lisa Jefferson, a call center supervisor for the United Airlines in-flight phone service. They spoke for 13 minutes. They recited the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23 as other passengers joined in. Remaining calm throughout the call, Mr. Beamer’s voice became a little bit higher as the plane started to dive.

Flight UA93 never reached DC. It’s thought that the intended target was the US Capitol or the White House. Vice President Dick Cheney had ordered that the plane be shot down.
The plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Everyone on the plane died.

I am Seyram Abdallah, Editor at Abtc.ng. I'm also a student journalist and a volunteer with a campus-based radio station. Writing has been one of the talents I nurtured since junior high school and still trying to get better each day. I have been able to write one storybook as part of a requirement for a course in the University. I have taken up come volunteering opportunities at various online platforms to better my writing skills.

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