On the day of September 11, 2001, one airport had unusual activity still not completely explained to this day: Cleveland.
There, two planes made emergency landings - Delta 1989 (scheduled for Los Angeles) and an unidentified plane within about a half hour of one another - 10:10 AM and 10:45 AM. (The emergency landings were ordered by authorities based on what turned out to be a false report of a bomb on board one of the planes).
A passenger from 1989 later said there were "sixty or so" passengers on her plane. Although early press reports said the second plane had 200 passengers, there appears to be no corroboration for this exact number and it may well have been an estimate.
Although there are no official numbers of passengers for the flights alleged to have been a part of the plot, manifests and other sources give us a very good guess. David Ray Griffin has used the numbers 92 and 65 for Flights 11 and 175, respectively, and 45 for Flight 93. Though the total number for all three flights (202) is much closer to the estimate, it is reasonable that a person would look at a group of 157 persons and estimate 200.
The researcher Woody Box concludes, based on press and eyewitness reports, that the 1989 passengers went to an FAA building at the south end of the airport and that the second plane passengers went to a NASA facility on the west end of the airport.
In an article on the
site "Bravehost," a writer details transcripts purportedly from Flight 1989 and
Flight 93 and notes the similarity in a message from "hijackers" on each plane
about a bomb on board. The controllers contacted and received a response
from the 1989 pilot, who agreed to land in Cleveland, but got no response from
None of the passengers apparently stayed around long enough at the airport to talk to
anyone. They were simply seen according to reports. They walked in
an orderly fashion to a NASA building at the airport, according to these
So there is not much in the way of physical evidence. Circumstantial evidence includes the siting of passengers not previously accounted for and the identification of planes in the Cleveland area in time to make an emergency landing at the times that witnesses specified that flights landed. Two planes stand out, United 175 and United 93, with United 175 as the stronger choice because of its earlier take-off.
These 200 people are officially anonymous and, for all practical purposes, officially "unpersons" because no official report or supporter of the official theory acknowledges them.