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Searchers to return to Flight 93 crash site

Saturday, September 29, 2001

By the Associated Press

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. -- About 250 workers will make another search today in the area where United Flight 93 crashed, believing high winds and heavy rains may have shaken additional evidence out of the trees.

Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller said the search would begin early today around the crater where the Boeing 757 crashed near Shanksville on Sept. 11. Forty-four people on board died when the hijacked plane crashed.

It was the only one of four hijacked aircraft that day which did not take a life on the ground. The other planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon.

Miller said consultants with United Airlines suggested another search because bad weather this week might have shaken additional airplane parts out of the trees in a wooded area near the crash site. The coroner said the workers would also be looking for any human remains not already collected.

Some pieces of the aircraft -- most no larger than one square foot -- have already been found because of the bad weather, he said.

The FBI, which had treated the site as a crime scene, turned over control of the field where the plane crashed to Miller on Monday.

Miller said he had identified 12 of the victims through dental records and fingerprints. He is refusing to release the names of those victims, saying he does not want to upset their families.

He said DNA testing would be used to identify the other victims, a process that could take months.

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