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Flight 93 visitor center opens to mark 14th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 11, 2015 3:06 AM
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A United Airlines flight crew member participates in a candlelight memorial to the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93, at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Shanksville) -- A new $26 million visitor complex is expected to draw a larger than normal crowd for the 14th anniversary observance at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County.

The center opened Wednesday to the media and the families of the 33 passengers and seven crew members aboard the United Airlines flight.

The plane crashed in a field in Stonycreek Township, near Shanksville, when some onboard revolted against the four hijackers. 

The center opened to the public on Thursday.

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Gordon Felt, whose brother Edward Felt was one of 40 passenger and crew on United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in a Shanksville, Pa field 14 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, stands in front of a wall of photos of the 40 crew and passengers who perished in the crash while leading a media tour of the Flight 93 visitors center complex at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

It's expected to draw large crowds for today's anniversary. 

NBC News Chief Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski will be the keynote speaker at the Flight 93 observance. 

He was in his office when he reported an explosion at the Pentagon during the September 11th terrorist attacks.

It turned out to be another hijacked airliner, American Airlines Flight 77, crashing into the building.  
     

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This exhibit that shows the view from the rear of the plane of a Boeing 757-200, like United Flight 93, at the Flight 93 National Memorial visitor's center. Visitors will be able to listen to the recorded phone calls made by passengers on United Flight 93. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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