Just over two weeks since 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid, United Airlines announced that it would be reactivating UA093 and UA175, two of the planes hijacked and crashed by terrorists almost 10 years ago.
Perhaps a sign of closing yet another chapter in the post-9/11 era, United Airlines will reinstate flight numbers 93 and 175, which were both retired following the Sept. 11 attacks. On that day in 2001, UA093 was scheduled to fly from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco, but was taken over by al-Qaeda terrorists and eventually crashed into a Pennsylvania field, killing everyone on board. It has been speculated that the intended target for flight 93 was Washington D.C. UA175 was scheduled to fly from Boston to Los Angeles, but was diverted and crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center.
Neither of the flights will continue their old routes. Flight 93 will now travel between Houston and San Jose, Calif., while flight 175 will fly between Boston and Newark. Because of changes in United’s flight plans following its merger with Continental, the two flights will actually be operated by (with inflight service by) Continental.
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Update: United/Continental contacted NewsFeed to say that the numbers were “inadvertently” reinstated.