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Shanksville, PA Crash Site

Shanksville is a borough in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States.

United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757-222, crashed in a field in southwest Pennsylvania just outside of Shanksville, about 150 miles (240 km) northwest of Washington, D.C., at 10:03:11 a.m. local time with parts and debris found up to eight miles away. The crash in Pennsylvania resulted from the passengers of the airliner attempting to regain control from the hijackers.


Photograph of an airplane part found at the scene in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed

Moussaoui trial exhibit #P200062


Recovery of one of the engines from the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93

Photograph of the scene in Somerset, County Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed



9/16/2001 - Somerset Crash Site- FBI and other investigators at the scene have excavated the crash site down to a depth of about 45 feet looking for clues. Digging a trench that deep requires special care to avoid cave-ins and constant monitoring to ensure any fumes from soil contaminated with jet fuel and hydraulic fluid do not present a hazard to emergency workers.