Flight 23 was the 5th plane to be seized on 9/11 and the 4 Arab terrorists in 1st class seats who got away. At JFK Airport, United Airlines Flight 23 was a flight scheduled to depart to Los Angeles (LAX) at 8:30am on September 11 2001 with a full load of jet fuel. United Airlines Flight 23 suspected as the 5th plane to be hijacked by Al-Qaeda terrorists makes seance. Al-Qaeda boss OBL wanted to hit the 2 WTC Towers, the Pentagon, the Capitol Building and the White House, he needed 5 planes. United Airlines Flight 23 was late in pushing back from the gate. Flight 23 captains, Carol Timmons and Tom Manello have heard a report over their radio that a plane has flown into the World Trade Center. They then receive an ACARS message, An ACARDS message is a digital datalink system for transmission of short messages between aircraft and ground stations via airband radio or satellite. The message is from Ed Ballinger, “We have gone to heightened security. Do not open cockpit doors. Secure the cockpit.” Soon after the flight attendant tells the passengers that the flight has been cancelled, the 4 Arab men become abruptly agitated and the argument becomes so heated that she called airport security to the gate. Authorities will later check the men’s unclaimed on board baggage and find box-cutters, copies of the Koran, and al-Qaeda instruction sheets. On September 14, it is reported that investigators believe at least one of these passengers was among a number of individuals taken into custody at JFK and LaGuardia Airports the previous day on Sept 13, 2001. However in 2004, Representative Mark Kirk (Illinois) will say the suspicious Flight 23 passengers were never found and are likely still at large.
Wilmington (Delaware) News-Journal featured a front-page article on the Delaware Air National Guard’s first female general, Carol Timmons, who was promoted to that rank at a ceremony on Saturday. General Timmons has had a long career as a pilot, including time as a commercial pilot for Pan Am and United Airlines. The profile of General Timmons recounts that on the morning of September 11, 2001, she was the first officer on United Airlines flight 23 preparing to take-off from New York’s JFK Airport bound for Los Angeles. The plane had already pulled away from the gate and was taxiing down the runway when the airport was shut down and the crew was ordered to secure the cockpit.
Timmons confirmed that as the pilot grabbed the crash ax, she jumped from her seat and started barricading the cockpit door. From the other side of the barricade the cabin crew relayed their concern about four young Arab men in first-class who became agitated when the take-off was cancelled, and fled from the plane when it returned to the terminal. Shortly after arriving at the gate, Timmons said one of flight attendants called up to the cabin with some disconcerting news. "She said, ‘We've got some guys back here that are very agitated that we're going back and that we're not taking off and they look Middle Eastern,' and the captain said there was really nothing that he could do but to let operations know about them," Timmons said.
As soon as we got to the gate and got the door open, those guys were off, she said. "It was total chaos at the airport and they just disappeared into the crowd and there was nothing we could do." Some believe that Timmons' plane was intended to be the fifth to be hijacked that day. After searching the plane, investigators found evidence of ties to al Qaeda in the bags of the men who disappeared. Timmons, the pilot, and the rest of the crew were repeatedly questioned by the FBI, though the findings were never shared. The pilot concluded that Flight 23 would have been the next plane hijacked by terrorists if the airport shutdown order had been delayed. “The FBI asks questions,” General Timmons is quoted as saying, “They don’t tell you things.”
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