New York – A memorial opened on Thursday to honour the victims of United Airlines flight 93, a plane hijacked during the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks, that passengers apparently crashed in rural Pennsylvania to thwart an attack on Washington.
The Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Centre, located just outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, pays tribute to the 40 passengers and crew who died at the site, which is also the final resting place of the victims.
The plane was downed 20 minutes outside Washington, where it is believed that the terrorists wanted to crash the plane into the Capitol, where Congress meets, or the White House.
On September 11 2001, four passenger jets were hijacked by suicide attackers and used to target the two World Trade Centre towers in New York and the Pentagon outside Washington, marking the deadliest terrorist attacks ever on US soil.
The attacks killed 2 977 people.
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