The film opens early on the morning of September 11, 2001 with the hijackers praying in their hotel room, and then the crew and passengers of Flight 93 assembling in the airport. We also see the air traffic control crews beginning their daily routine (including Ben Sliney), where the first hints of something wrong begin to surface.
Flight 93 takes off after a bit of a delay at Newark Airport. Not long afterwards, the first of the planes smashes into the World Trade Center. It is at first assumed to be an accident, but other traffic-control crews are certain something is amiss, and the United States Air Force is brought into the loop. Shortly before the first plane strikes the World Trade Center, United 93 flies nearby and hijacker Ziad Jarrah looks out the window to see if it has been hit yet.
On board Flight 93, the hijackers hesitate and disagree as to when would be the best time to strike. Eventually one of the terrorists storms into the lavatory, assembles a bogus bomb out of modeling clay and electrical wiring, and gives the word. The other hijackers then storm the cockpit and use knives to both terrorize the flight crew and kill one passenger outright. In the cockpit they put a photo of the U.S. Capitol, their target, on the flight yoke.
Much to the growing consternation of Sliney and his people, coordination with the Air Force is haphazard and there are simply not enough planes ready, or armed, to respond to an in-air hijacking. Sliney ultimately decides to shut down all airspace in the United States and ground every single flight.
The hijackers do not prevent the people from making phone calls through the on-board GTE Airfone system. After hearing about the crashes into the WTC, the passengers and crew understand that if they do nothing, they will also die, and eventually elect to storm the cockpit and attempt to retake the plane. The passengers make one last set of phone calls to friends and family, where they declare their intentions. The remaining crew assemble what makeshift weapons they can: cutlery, wine bottles, a fire extinguisher.
Learning that one of the passengers can fly a plane (although he has not flown a commercial aircraft), the group pin their hopes on him being able to at least control the plane. They debate whether the bomb is real or fake before deciding to start their counter-attack by overpowering the man with the bomb. As they immediately rush toward the terrorist with the bomb, he slashes his knife at them desperately, but he is kicked and overpowered by the passengers. One passenger rips the bomb apart, shouting "It's a fake! The bomb's a fake!" The other terrorist that was in the main section of the plane is now trying to get back in to the cockpit, but he then grabs a food trolley and rams the charging passengers with it. He lunges at them with his knife and sprays them with what appears to be mace. The passengers get ahold of the trolley and use it as a weapon against him. The terrorist then sprays the storming passengers with a fire extinguisher. But his efforts are useless, and the passengers overpower him, one of them getting him in a headlock, and snapping his neck.
As some passengers attempt to break open the cockpit door with a trolley, the hijacker piloting the plane begins to move it violently, trying to prevent the passengers from entering the cockpit. They resort to kicking the door in. The two remaining hijackers inside know that the passengers will storm the cockpit, so they put on their seatbealts in a last-resort attempt at making it harder for the passengers to regain control of the plane. As the passengers succeed in entering the cockpit, they go for the controls of the plane, all fighting for it with the terrorist. This results in the plane being jerked around, and eventually heading straight down toward the ground. The sound of the shouting passengers and terrorists fades. We see the ground rushing toward the screen, and as it is about to impact the ground the screen goes black.
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