Twelve years of research have produced a number of facts to contradict this assertion. Among them are these two courtesy of the original Bureau of Transportation records before they were altered:
American Airlines Flight 11 was never scheduled.
American Airlines Flight 11 never took off.
From these two facts, we can make a necessary inference that no one boarded Flight 11 and took off in it.
We can also infer that people said to have been passengers on Flight 11 were either (a) real people who went somewhere else or (b) were not real people.
Recently, I received an email from a man who claimed he knew a specific person said to be a passenger on Flight 11. He alluded to a source who claimed that he overheard the passenger, whom I will call “11X”, calling a taxi on the morning of September 11, 2001 and then saw board with luggage a taxi shortly thereafter. He claims neither he nor anyone else who knew him has seen 11X again.
In this essay, I will assume the good faith of the claims of the man who emailed me. Let’s say that 11X was in fact a real person who indicated to others he would take a flight from Boston to Los Angeles on that morning and that 11X’s name ended up on a passenger list (whether it was an unofficial list or the manifest is not at issue here).
How does this stipulation fit in with the facts established about the flight?
11X shows up at Boston Logan Airport. He goes to one of the two gates alleged for Flight 11’s departure, Gate 26 or Gate 32. He boards the plane he believes is Flight 11.
What happened there is subject to debate. A writer on the “Let’s Roll Forums” came up with what I believe is the best explanation. Here is the link. My summary follows:
The writer, who goes by the nickname “LoopDLoop,” asserts that the plane was used as a simulation, which would explain phone calls made by flight attendants about hijackings on a flight that never flew. Loop cites an early interview of airport personnel who saw the plane for Flight 11 on the ground quite some time after its alleged 7:59 AM take off.
As for the “passengers,” Loop does not know for sure what became of them but suggests that no one remained on board, but rather, that the people needed for the simulation took the airplane phone with them to another location to conduct the simulation.
What was next for 11X?
He could have left the airport at this point, but as we know he did not return home again, this scenario seems unlikely. It would leave him without any purpose.
If he intended to go to Los Angeles, he would have looked for another flight out there. If he expected that Flight 11 would not take off, he would have likely arrived at the airport ready to go to his next place.
In either case, the most likely possibility would have put him at Gate 19 for United Airlines Flight 175.
As I have pointed out in books on this subject, he had time to get from either Gate 32 or Gate 26 to go to Gate 19. I have suggested he (and other passengers) could have been “taxied” to Gate 19. Some say that such a plane would have been noticed. Maybe so. If it were noticed, there is no telling if anyone reporting it would have been believed. Furthermore, the plane would have gone around a corner, possibly losing the interest of onlookers. With a little effort, passengers could make the distance on foot, anyway.
In any case, 11x now boards United 175.
If he had an American Flight 11 ticket, he could have quickly gone to the United Airlines booth and exchanged tickets for the 175 flight. And who is to say what ticket 11x held? With no direct information on this matter, it is possible he was instructed to go to United 175 all along.
United 175 takes off (late, according to some sources). Thanks to ACARS, we know that this flight was over Western Pennsylvania TEN MINUTES after its supposed crash into World Trade Center Two. We also know that an unidentified plane (by flight number) landed in Cleveland some time later, matching the description of the plane for United 175.
This places 11X at the Cleveland Hopkins Airport.
Newspaper articles cite a large group of passengers walking from the area where the unidentified plane landed toward a building managed by NASA. This walk takes place long after the airport has been evacuated!
11X goes into the NASA building.
There are no facts available after this point. His execution or his decision to hide both explain his absence. Those who insist he was murdered could point to his character or his ties to the community but neither prove the point. If he went hiding (as an agent, for example), there may be circumstantial evidence of participation in a plan but not enough evidence to prove that point.
Those who plotted this crime are probably laughing that we cannot untangle the mess they left for us. It is my hope that presenting this essay will spark an idea or uncover a fact to get past this paradox.
Source (unless otherwise identified): Planes without Passengers: the Faked Hijackings of 9/11, 2nd edition by Dean T. Hartwell