Seventh Public Hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: Staff Statement No. 4: The Four Flights, January 27, 2004 [open pdf - 42KB]
Alternate Title: 9/11 Commisssion, Seventh Public Hearing: Staff Statement No. 4:The Four Flights, January 27, 2004
The seventh public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States was held January 26-27, 2004 in Washington, DC. The two-day investigative hearing developed facts and circumstances relating to border and aviation security, two central aspects of the Commission's mandate. The focus of this Staff Statement is on "The Four Flights." The following is an excerpt from the introduction: "This statement continues our presentation of initial findings on how the individuals who carried out the 9/11 attacks defeated the civil aviation security system of the United States. We continue our investigation into the status of civil aviation security today and for the future. [...] We spoke earlier today about how the hijackers defeated all of the pre-boarding defense layers the U.S. civil aviation security system mounted on September 11, 2001. We will return now to the last line of defense, the Common Strategy in response to hijackings, as implemented onboard the aircraft by the flight crew."
Staff Statement No. 4
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: http://www.9-11commission.gov