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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With just a week until the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, some dramatic new video taken just after the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Somerset County, has surfaced.

Shanksville has become an iconic part of America’s 9/11 history after the crash of Flight 93 in an abandoned strip mine. It followed an attempt by some passengers and crew members to regain control of the plane from a group of four terrorists.

Now, a decade after the crash and after countless tributes, memorials and stories about the heroes on board the ill-fated flight, a new video and audio description of the crash has surfaced in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat newspaper.

It provides a unique, calm, first-person perspective.

“I just saw the smoke come up and the explosion shook the house clear over here, and it shook the heck out of the house,” says the voice of Dave Berkebile on the video.

Berkebile, who died suddenly earlier this year, shot the video from the porch of his home a few miles from where the plane when down. It was a matter-of-fact description of history in the making.

“I don’t know what else is happening; [a plane] went into the Pentagon and into the World Trade Center and we’re watching it on TV and this one happened,” Berkebile said on the video.

As his camera rolled, Berkebile had no way of knowing about the life and death struggle that had just taken place on board the plane.

“A great, big, black cloud just mushroomed right up into the air and it shook the house, shook everybody’s houses,” Berkebile said on the video.

Cathy Berkebile now lives out of state. In a phone interview, she recalled the morning of the crash.

“Dave had the presences of mind to pick up the camera and go outside,” said Berkebile’s widow. “We were all just sort of in a state of shock and, as I recall, somebody called and said they had the scanner on and there was a plane crash over in Shanksville.”

With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, Berkebile says, seldom a day passes that she doesn’t think about the heroes of that September morning.

“It was just a crushing thing that happened to our people in that we were attacked, and we sit and we’re always so appreciative of the patriotic holidays of what the men and women have done for us to protect us,” added Berkebile.

RELATED LINKS:
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: “Flight 93 crash site video surfaces”
Flight 93 Memorial Fund
Remembering 9/11

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  1. baker6 says:

    give it a rest, ENOUGH

  2. j says:

    its simple – the video states an explosion then it went down – its clear it was shot down by our own fighters to eliminate further destruction – its a shame but was a necessity.

    1. Dave says:

      While you can say it was shot down the evidence shows that the passengers on board brought it down.

  3. Union says:

    Sick of hearing about it

    1. KPMc says:

      But not sick of commenting on it? Hypocrite

  4. Mary says:

    Useless video . get a life people

  5. Ligg says:

    There is no recorded conversations that i know of that proves the passengers brought the flight down. If so ,plese send link. Maybe wishful thinking?

    1. Dave says:

      Did you forget about the people on board who called love ones right before they took the plane down?

  6. WHERE IS THE PLANE? says:

    no sign of anything but something other than a deris strewn crash site.

    Gee we are pretty easily convinced…..NOT

    1. KPMc says:

      Well.. you are easily convinced to believe in conspiracy. But fact, history and proof.. Not so much!

  7. Burghnerdman says:

    It is really not inportant to argue about it. Please just remember the people who lost their lives protecting others. My thoughts and prayers are with the familys and friends who lost loved ones in this horrific event.
    Let’s not argue over it, Let’s just remember.

  8. Proud of passengers flight 93 says:

    I can’t believe all the negative comments. These comments must be coming from terrorists. God Bless America.

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