2009-06-04 / Local & State

Land Acquired For PA Sept. 11 Memorial

SHANKSVILLE, Pennsylvania (AP) - The National Park Service has acquired about 950 acres (385 hectares) of land for a memorial at the Pennsylvania crash site of a plane hijacked during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The crash of United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001, killed 40 passengers and crew and four terrorist hijackers. The 9/11 Commission report said the hijackers crashed the plane in a field as passengers tried to wrest control of the cockpit.

Friday's announcement said it's the park service's largest single acquisition of private land for the memorial about 65 miles (105 kilometers) southeast of Pittsburgh.

The land acquired for the Pennsylvania does not include 500 acres (200 hectares) of private land the government is trying to acquire for the memorial through eminent domain.

The government plans a $58 million, 2,200-acre (890-hectare) permanent memorial and national park at the crash site.

Around 3,000 people died in the Sept. 11 attacks, in which hijacked planes crashed into the Pentagon and destroyed New York's World Trade Center towers.

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