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U.S. is buying land for Flight 93 memorial

September 01, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The federal government will pay about $9.5 million to acquire land so the Flight 93 National Memorial can be built by the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said.

With the National Park Service reaching agreements with eight landowners, construction is expected to start in November near Shanksville in the rural southwestern part of the state.

Salazar called the site where the plane crashed hallowed ground and said the nation was "eternally grateful for the heroes of Flight 93."

United Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when it was diverted by hijackers with the likely goal of crashing it into the White House or Capitol.

The official 9/11 Commission report said the hijackers crashed the plane as passengers tried to wrest control of the cockpit. All 33 passengers, four hijackers and seven crew members died.

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