****This is my post from last year’s 2996 Project. I thought it would be appropriate to re-post this in honor of Jason Dahl, the pilot of Flight 93 that crashed in Shankesville, PA
Updates will be at bottom.
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This is going to be probably my hardest post. This is going to be a post about a man’s life that I have never met, and the only reason that I am posting about him is that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I am very sorry that his life had to be cut short by a bunch of intolerant Islamic Terrorists. He was a father and a husband, and now there is a hole in his family, and nothing can fill that void. I want to extend my deepest condolences to his family and friend. I know he has been sadly missed and was a great man. This will probably be an ongoing post all day, because I have not really done a whole lot of research on Jason Dahl, other than seeing his name on lists and in programs about Flight 93.
He and all of the people killed on that day should be remebered always, not just on the anniversary of 9/11. We should always remember what happened that day, and try are hardest to never let that happen again. We should never let are guard down and get complacent. There are still Islamic Terrorists out there trying to kill me and everyone that gets in their way. They are trying to bring about a new Caliphate, or as in Iran’s case, bring about a new vast Islamic state. As President Bush has said, these are Islamic Fascists. They want nothing more than the destrection of the West and our way of life. So we must remember this terrible day, so it will never happen again. Just like remebering Pearl Harbor in WWII.
Now on with the tribute:
Jason Dahl lived in Denver, CO with his wife and son. Ever since he was a kid he wanted to fly airplanes. He had his pilot’s license before he had a driver’s lisence. At the age of 13 he joined the Civil Air Patrol and started his lessons in flying in San Jose, Ca. By 16, he was flying planes solo. He graduated from San Jose State with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and became a corporate pilot. And began his career at United Airlines in 1984. He was liked by all of the pilots at United, and got teased about his height since he was just shy of 5 feet, 6 inches. In 1993 he became a "standards" pilot for training and testing other pilots. This allowed him to be spend more time with his family. He and his brother-in-law remodeled his home in Denver over about 3 years. He arranged to fly on September 11 to get time off for his wedding anniversary on September 14. he was 43 years old. (source for most of this paragraph)
43 years old
The captain of United Flight 93. A fellow pilot told Denver’s Rocky Mountain News that the week before the flight, Jason Dahl sent an e-mail seeking another pilot to take the flight on September 11 so that he could spend the day with his family.
[The following is excerpted from a press release by the Evangelical Lutheran Church.]
"His war has been won. He is free," said the Rev. Janice Erickson-Pearson, pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Littleton, Colo. Holy Trinity is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Erickson-Pearson preached at the service honoring Dahl.
During worship Matt Dahl, son of the late Jason Dahl and a member of Holy Trinity, shared a story with the congregation about his father reading Dr. Seuss rhymes at bedtime. After reading some pages of a Dr. Seuss book, Matt said, "Good night, Dad."
For the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s biography of John Dahl, click here.
The Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund has been established to provide scholarships to the children of the flight crews and to provide an annual scholarship for an individual attending an accredited flight school. Donations to the scholarship fund may be sent to:
Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund
12644 West Indore Place
Littleton, CO 80127
Y0u can find pictures of his memorial here.
Profile: Jason Dahl
Positions that Jason Dahl has held:
- American Airlines Pilot
Jason Dahl actively participated in the following events:
(9:21-9:26 a.m.): United Airlines Dispatchers Advise Pilots to Secure Cockpit Doors; Flight 93 Gets the Message
At 9:21 a.m., United Airlines dispatchers are told to advise their flights to secure cockpit doors. Flight dispatcher Ed Ballinger has apparently already started doing this on his own a couple of minutes earlier. Sending electronic messages one by one, at 9:24 he sends a message to Flight 93 reading: “Beware of cockpit intrusion. Two aircraft in New York hit Trade Center buildings.” Ballinger claims that he was specifically instructed by superiors not to tell pilots why they needed to land (apparently he added the detail about the WTC against orders). [New York Observer, 6/17/2004] Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl acknowledges the message two minutes later, replying, “Ed, confirm latest message please Jason.” This is the last vocal contact from the cockpit of Flight 93. [9/11 Commission, 1/27/2004] Note that this formal warning is in addition to an informal one sent by Ballinger that reached Flight 93 around 9:00 a.m. In contrast to United Airlines, the 9/11 Commission finds no evidence that American Airlines sends such warnings to their pilots at any time during the hijackings.
Flight 93 acknowledges a transmission from a Cleveland flight controller. This is the last normal contact with the plane. [9/11 Commission, 6/17/2004] According to the 9/11 Commission, less than a minute later, the controller, and pilots of aircraft in the vicinity, hear “a radio transmission of unintelligible sounds of possible screaming or a struggle from an unknown origin…” [Newsweek, 11/25/2001; 9/11 Commission, 6/17/2004; Guardian, 10/17/2001] Someone, presumably pilot Jason Dahl, is overheard by controllers as he shouts, “Mayday!” [New York Times, 7/22/2004] Seconds later, the controller responds: “Somebody call Cleveland?” Then there are more sounds of screaming and someone yelling, “Get out of here, get out of here.” [MSNBC, 7/30/2002; 9/11 Commission, 6/17/2004; Observer, 12/2/2001; Toronto Sun, 9/16/2001; Newsweek, 9/22/2001] Then the voices of the hijackers can be heard talking in Arabic. The words are later translated to show they are talking to each other, saying, “Everything is fine.” [Newsweek, 11/25/2001] Later passenger phone calls describe two dead or injured bodies just outside the cockpit; presumably these are the two pilots. [New York Times, 7/22/2004]
School to get a hero’s name
Flight 93 pilot was a graduate of San Jose’s Hillsdale Elementary
Saturday, March 23, 2002
Long before his image flashed across television as the heroic captain of United Airlines Flight 93, Jason Dahl was a kid who walked the three blocks from his parents’ San Jose home to Hillsdale Elementary School with two little neighbor girls.
After Monday, no one will forget where Dahl began his formal education.
Franklin-McKinley School District officials are changing Hillsdale’s name to the Captain Jason M. Dahl Elementary School. The renaming ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the school at 3200 Water St.
"I am very proud, very honored," said Dahl’s mother, Mildred Dahl. "I had five children go through the (San Jose) school system, and I’ve lived here in my house 51 years."
Dahl, who went on to attend Sylvandale Middle School, Andrew Hill High School and San Jose State University, has been heralded as a hometown hero for the role he played in the events of Sept. 11.
He was a pilot on the San Francisco-bound Boeing 757 that crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pa., apparently because members of the crew and passengers took action against four hijackers.
The hijackers had commandeered the plane shortly after it took off from Newark, N.J. The widely held belief is that the crew’s and passengers’ actions prevented the flight from reaching its target, believed to be some landmark in Washington, D.C. All 44 people aboard were killed.
Dahl, 43, wasn’t supposed to have been on that plane, but he had moved up his schedule so he could visit his mother and later celebrate his Sept. 14 wedding anniversary with his wife, Sandy, back home in Colorado. They had a son, Matthew, 15.
Sandy Dahl is expected to be at Monday’s ceremony.
PRINCIPAL, TEACHERS LOBBIED
Hillsdale Principal Mary Young Williams joined teachers in lobbying for the school’s name change five months ago.
"It’s so wonderful to know that this young man has walked our halls," she said. "What motivates us as teachers is we never know what’s going to happen with the children whose lives we touched."
The ethnically diverse district serves close to 10,000 students in 14 schools, half of which already are named for people: Two U.S. presidents, Benjamin Franklin and community activists.
Williams thinks Dahl fits right in.
"He’s an incredible case study in character attributes, a hometown boy who really pursued his dream," she said. "The lesson to be learned is: This is attainable for you. This is why you turn your homework in on time, this is why you go after something even if others say you can’t do it."
Dahl was the youngest of five children, and the only one with an interest in aviation, his mother said. He learned how to fly a plane before he learned how to drive a car.
NEPHEW A STUDENT
Dahl’s sister, Joan Raymundo, has a particular interest in the school — her 8-year-old son, Brendan, is a third-grader there.
"Some of the kids were against it because it’s like a whole new name that they have to learn," said Raymundo, 46, of San Jose. "It’s hard for them to understand what’s going on."
Brendan, however, loves the idea of attending a school named for his uncle.
"I feel great about that because he’s a hero," he said.
Jason Dahl is the second sibling Raymundo has lost. Her oldest brother, Kenneth, died in Vietnam.
"What’s strange is that 30 years later, Jason dies as a result of another war that we didn’t even know about," Raymundo said.
It had been decades since Dahl slipped into a desk at Hillsdale, but some of his former teachers still remember him.
‘THE NICEST YOUNG BOY’
"He was just the nicest, sweetest young boy," said Joyce Anderson, Dahl’s second-grade teacher in the mid-1960s. "He was a very good student, but he wasn’t smart-alecky about it. He had the cutest grin. You just knew he was going to do well."
Likewise, Jackie Dickerson, Dahl’s fifth-grade teacher, can’t remember Dahl ever getting into trouble.
"He was just a real thoughtful, considerate and caring person," she said.
The name change, she said, is a fitting tribute to her former pupil.
"You take something negative and you bring out the positive, that he cared enough to just keep on going and not turn and do what those hijackers wanted them to do," Dickerson said. "He knew he was going to lose his life. That is a hero."
E-mail Suzanne Herel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a story about how Jeff Gordon had Jason’s son come to a nascar event the weekend after 9/11.
By Rob Quillen
My chance encounter with Capt. Jason Dahl started on September 10th in Denver, Colorado. Jason and I sat next to each other on a flight out to Newark, New Jersey. Through the 4 hour flight Jason and I spoke about several things– life, hope, dreams, family, and our love of NASCAR racing and Jeff Gordon.
Jason told me that his 15 year old son recently discovered that he has epilepsy. Jason asked his son, Matt, if there was one thing that he wanted to do in life, what would it be. Matt told his Dad that he wanted to go to a NASCAR race, and get a chance to meet Jeff Gordon someday. Oddly enough, I was hosting a customer appreciation event at the new Kansas Speedway on September 29th and 30th. I had a couple of extra tickets, and offered them to Jason and Matt. They accepted the invitation, we agreed to talk the next week about details of when they were coming out, where they would stay, etc.
The next day, the attacks on America changed everybody, forever. On a personal note, I was very afraid for my own life, for I was 4 miles from the trade centers. The panic and fear of not being able to reach out and call home to let everyone know that you are ok is a feeling I will never forget. I wanted to hold my wife and 2 kids so bad. I cried thinking that I would never get to kiss any of them good night again.
Once I worked past those fears and made contact, my thoughts quickly turned to my new pilot friend, and how I know I lost my new friend, I cried again- at first out of my own self pity- but then for his family, and his 15 year old son Matt. It was not until 2 days later that I received official notification that Capt. Jason Dahl was the pilot of United Airlines Flight 93 that was hijacked and crashed into the field in Pennsylvania. Although it was 2 days later I heard the news, I knew in my heart the first time I heard the flight schedule that my new friend was now in heaven.
Not getting any flights out of New York, I rented a car and drove 27 hours back to Lincoln, Nebraska. During that 27 hours, the only question on my mind was why? Why was I there? Why did I meet Jason that night? Why did I elect to have a 4 hour conversation with this stranger on the plane- something I never do. Almost home, I came to the realization that God put me on that flight that night to have Jason tell me his dreams for Matt. I was put there to hear those dreams, and to make then a reality.
I contacted a friend of mine at NASCAR.com, Marty Smith. He interviewed me, put the interview on NASCAR.com, and it all broke from there. JG Motorsports contacted me, the Jeff Gordon Foundation contacted me, the Kansas Speedway contacted me, NASCAR called me…everyone put there arms around this and made this whole thing happen.
Matt Dahl and his Grandfather were guests of Jeff for the race weekend. Matt was treated very very well by our wonderful NASCAR family, so many people touched him and made him forget the pain that he must still be in, even if for a couple of days.
I have been a Jeff Gordon fan for a large number of years now. I love this man for what he stands for and what he believes in. If there was any way possible for me to love Jeff Gordon anymore than what I did before this all happened, then it happened this past weekend. There are a lot of sides to being a Winston Cup Champion, Jeff proved to the world with weekend, which side is the most important.
Thank you to all of the wonderful people at JG Motorsports, The Jeff Gordon Foundation and Kathy Boyd especially. It has been said that true champions in life surround themselves with winners. This is very true in this case. And to all of the countless Gordon fans that still send me cards, letters, emails and gifts, I thank you all for your support. Jeff has made us all better people in leading us to the hand of the Lord. God Bless us all, and my thoughts and prayers still go out to all of America.
I am trying to read some of the other tributes. It is taking some time and there are many great tributes out there. Go and read some of them.
Another Traffic Jam on the Beltway