Gay man saved hundreds lives during 9/11

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In a wake of the anniversary of one of the biggest attacks in the USA the relatives of the victims gathered at the memorial to pay tribute to those who they loved. During the ceremony, six moments of silence will be observed marking the strikes on the towers, and the Pentagon, the collapse of the skyscrapers, as well as the moment United Airlines Flight 93 went down near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Mark, a gay rugby fan and sportsman, was a passenger on Flight 93. He helped a passenger revolt against hijackers who had seized control of the plane trying to direct in to the US capital. Rushing the cockpit and risking their own lives, the passengers brought down the plane resisting the hijackers. All 44 people lost their lives aboard Flight 93, but their actions likely saved hundreds more – and Mark Bingham is remembered as one of the many heroes of 9/11. His mother, Alice Hoagland, a former United Airlines flight attendant, has championed LGBT rights and the issue of airline safety in the years since her son’s death. “The phone rang at 6:44 in the morning,” Ms Hoagland recounted. “‘Mum, I just want to let you know I love you’.” Mark hatched a plan with fellow passengers Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett and Jeremy Glick, to storm the cockpit and overpower the hijackers. The actions of the group forced the plane down into a field and avoided the hijackers’ intended target, believed to be the White House or Capitol, potentially saving many lives.

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