Betty Ong

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Betty Ong
Betty Ann Ong

(1956-02-05)February 5, 1956
DiedSeptember 11, 2001(2001-09-11) (aged 45)
Cause of deathPlane crash

Betty Ann Ong (February 5, 1956 – September 11, 2001) was an American flight attendant who was on American Airlines Flight 11 when it was taken over by terrorists and flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, as part of the September 11 attacks.[1] She was born in San Francisco, California.[2]

At the time of her death, Ong lived in Andover, Massachusetts.[2] On September 11, 2001, she was on Flight 11 so that she could go back to Los Angeles and go on a vacation to Hawaii with her sister. When the plane was taken over, she called in to American Airlines and told them that the plane had been taken over. During her call, she said that none of the crew could open the cockpit door, a passenger and two flight attendants had been hurt,[3] and that she thought someone had sprayed Mace or something else in business class.[4][5] She also told them which seats the terrorists on the plane were sitting in.

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  1. "Betty Ong: Unsung Hero of Sept. 11". National Public Radio. September 10, 2004. Betty Ong, a Chinese-American flight attendant for American Airlines, may have saved untold numbers of lives by telling emergency personnel on the ground what was happening aboard flight 11 on Sept. 11, 2001. Her call led to air traffic controllers landing every plane flying over U.S. airspace. ...
  2. 2.0 2.1 "North Pool: Panel N-74 - Betty Ann Ong". National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
  3. Richard Sisk & Monique el-Faizy (July 24, 2004). "Ex-Israeli commando tried to halt unfolding hijacking". NY Daily News. Archived from the original on 2013-08-19. Retrieved 2013-12-23.
  4. "Betty Ong's Call from 9/11 Flight 11". 9/11 Commission. Archived from the original on 2004-03-15. Retrieved 2013-12-23.
  5. "9/11 commission hears flight attendant's phone call". CNN. January 27, 2004. 'The cockpit's not answering,' flight attendant Betty Ong said. 'Somebody's stabbed in business class, and, um, I think there's Mace that we can't breathe. I don't know; I think we are getting hijacked.' Ong, 45, was on board American Airlines Flight 11, the Boeing 767 en route from Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles, California, that was flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

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