April 14, 2007

Claim: 80% of Flight 93 buried--over 30 cars-worth!

The Ambassadors at the Flight 93 Memorial, who are trained on the details of Flight 93, are telling visitors that 80% of the plane had buried.

(Video taken by 'Gideon 524')
Gideon: How big was the debris field, cause I've heard different stories.  I've heard it was all confined to the crater over there and I also seen like early news reports that the debris was strewn for 3 or 4 miles.

Ambassador: Not that far. 80% of the plane was in the crater, but I'm sure there was a lot of other debris, but all of this debris field was...this acreage here was full of debris, especially down-wind...that's where the woods caught fire and the engine was found in one of the ponds here on the property.

So how much would 80% of Flight 93 be?

Flight 93 was a Boeing 757-200 series with Pratt & Whitney engines.

The empty weight of that plane would be 127,520 lbs , or 63.76 tons (US).

80% of that is 102,016 lbs, or a whopping 51 tons (US)!

To give you an idea how much that is, the average compact sedan car in 2002 weighed 3,097 pounds.

 ('02 Honda Civic)

So that means the amount of debris that they dug out of that Shanksville field would have been...

over 30 cars-worth!

To give you a perspective of how much car debris I'm talking about, here's a photo of only about 25 crushed cars that have been condensed by a car compactor:

Now just think how many piles there would be of 30+ cars-worth of loosely piled debris and how easy they would be to spot at the Shanksville scene .

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