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COCKPIT OF UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 93 / SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 / FINAL MOMENTS BEFORE CRASH

 

Officials familiar with the cockpit voice recorder on United Airlines Flight 93 -- the hijacked jet that crashed September 11 in western Pennsylvania -- say there was a "definite struggle" described as desperate and wild between hijackers and some of the passengers. 

An official has said there was some shouting, but it is not clear who was in control of the plane before it crashed. Several family members of passengers previously have described cell phone conversations saying there might be an attempt to retake control of the plane. 

Officials say the voice recorder was able to pick up scuffling sounds. 

While visiting the crash site Thursday, FBI Director Robert Mueller said translators were helping to work on a transcript of the tape -- confirming that more than one language is heard on the tape. Officials say there are shouts heard in Arabic and English. 

Without going into details, Mueller seemed to confirm that the passengers attempted some type of takeover.