A friend sent me this as we're doing some work together on some research, thought it might interest you. Good read...
David Dunlap - Delta 767 Pilot: 9/11 Story
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The parts that stick out to me are....
When you go through pilot training you spend the whole time trying to imagine yourself in awful situations and figure out how you would save the day. Pilots always put on the old "aw shucks, it's easy" routine, but the fact of the matter is we take the safety of the people in the back very, very seriously. Your worst fear as a pilot is that you will make a mistake and hurt people, or have a solution to a crisis and overlook it.
[if] someone tried to come through the door...... I was damned if I wasn't going to save the day ...or at least try hard enough so that they spoke well of us at recurrent training.
If you're going to kill me and every one else on the plane anyway, we're going in the Hudson River, you dirty son of a bitch. No, those guys were dead or incapacitated.
However, Barbara Olsen, wife of Ted Olsen, US Solicitor General, reportedly told Ted on a supposed phone call from American 77, that all passengers were herded to the back of the plane, including the pilots, the only weapons she mentioned were knives and cardboard cutters.
She asked Ted over the phone, "What should i tell the pilots to do?"
First Officer David Dunlap expresses what is in the heart of almost every professional pilot and what most were thinking that day and the following days. "Those pilots had to be dead or incapacitated to give up their ship" was the buzz in crew rooms across the country. Although the mainstream media portrays the old "Common Strategy" prior to 9/11 was to fully cooperate, it wasnt to give up your ship to stranger with a boxcutter and be "hearded to the back of the plane with the passengers". See Pandora's Black Box - Chapter Two - Flight Of American 77 for more information.
Someone is lying regarding AA77. Either the phone call never took place (as the FBI describes "Zero seconds connection"), Ted is embelishing his conversation with Barbara, or perhaps the pilots decided to give up their ship to strangers with boxcutters and sit in the back with the passengers. I find it hard to believe Chic Burlingame would have given up his ship in such a manner. It appears the First Officer of Delta 1989 agrees (as does pretty much every professional pilot i have spoken with....except those who make excuses for the govt story..).
4 airplanes. The govt would have you believe all were hijacked successfully by men with boxcutters, and not one pilot out of eight got off a hijack warning. I dont buy it. Something else was going on that day, something different than what the govt has told us... and we're going to find out.