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Sunday, October 28, 2001

When the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette decided to tell the story of Flight 93, there were few available clues to what really happened, because the FBI, which is investigating the terror attacks of Sept. 11, has closely guarded whatever evidence it has.

What was not hidden were the lives of the passengers, crew and hijackers, and the thoughts and emotions of those they left behind.

(L-R) Dennis Roddy, Steve Levin, Jonathan Silver, Cindi Lash, Bill Pliske (back), James Hilston, Mark Roth, Lake Fong. (Lake Fong, Post-Gazette)

Over a 41/2 week period, staff writers Cindi Lash, Steve Levin, and Jonathan D. Silver divided up the names of the passengers and crew. Assisted by the research of Information Specialist Steve Karlinchak, they contacted the families and friends of each and every person who died. Staff writer Dennis B. Roddy investigated the lives of the accused hijackers and traveled to Newark International Airport, where the flight began. Staff writer Tom Gibb contributed valuable information from U.S. Rep. John Murtha of Johnstown and from the crash site in Somerset County.

Staff photographer Lake Fong visited the families of two passengers and one pilot in New Jersey. Dave LaBelle, assistant managing editor for photography, edited the photos in the section, and Bill Pliske, associate editor for design and graphics, created the cover and designed the section, using a detailed informational graphic of the flight and its key moments created by staff artist James Hilston.

Assistant Managing Editor Mark Roth conceived the section and edited it with the assistance of page designer Katy Buchanan.

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