She hadn’t ventured out of the Chinatown neighborhood of San Francisco much as a child, but she always wanted to travel. When Betty Ong got a chance to be an American Airlines flight attendant she moved across the country and settled in Andover to work out of Boston Logan International Airport.
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Betty Ann Ong was flying from Boston to Los Angeles to meet her sister before heading off for a long-awaited vacation in Hawaii. But within minutes of takeoff, five hijackers on board had overtaken the cockpit and blasted mace into the cabin. Instead of heading southwest, the Boeing 767 turned toward New York City.
New York Post
At 8:20 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, Betty Ann Ong spoke in a low voice on an Airfone from the rear of American Airlines Flight 11. Calm and businesslike, she told ground employees: “The cockpit’s not answering. Somebody’s stabbed in business class — and I think there’s Mace … I think we’re getting hijacked.”
Just hours before the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, we reflect on the heroes not just in the World Trade Center and Pentagon, but also on the planes. Among those heroes was American Airlines Flight 11’s flight attendant Betty Ong. Minutes prior to American Airlines Flight 11...
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This Saturday marks 20 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Betty Ong was a flight attendant and a native San Franciscan. She was on the first plane that crashed into the World Trade Center. Her brother talks about the sadness and pride over Betty all these years later. Source: KTVU FOX 2 San Francisco