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It was just posted on one of the financial chat sites, that two F-16 travelingl at speeds breaking the sound barrier were in pursuit of a commercial 767 that is located within 10 miles of Chicago, O'Hare. I don't know whether the plane departed O'Hare or was inbound. Has anyone heard anything else about this story?

-- (, October 08, 2001


Here's the latest two posts:

Another post from someone at financial site who is in Chicago

>> Not kidding about something like that. 2 other boards. here is latest post.

"It was the loudest thing I ever heard. They are saying it wasn't a sonic boom but my chair and every window in the room I was in shook.

There are reports residents in the suburbs had windows blown out.

I guess two F 16's escorted an AA jet into the airport. No one knows any details yet. <<"


>>in question is now on the ground. One passenger tried to break into the cockpit, and other passengers subdued the offender. It is said that it is NOT to be a terrorist attack, but a deranged person that just went off the deep end.

I gather that the other passengers were aware of the orders to the combat air patrol over flying American cities, and thought that intervention on their part was the better part of valor.<<

-- Plane on Ground now; not to worry. (, October 08, 2001.

Haven't heard a thing. I hope it's just another of the many wild rumors floating around everywhere these days.

-- Art Esman (, October 08, 2001.

FWIW -- Passenger attempts to storm cockpit Fighter pilots flock to plane's side October 8, 2001 — A passenger tried to enter the cockpit of American Airlines flight 1238 from Los Angeles to Chicago. Military jets raced to its side. The plane landed safely at O'Hare Airport. ABC7 News Video Two F-16s scrambled to the plane, creating a sonic boom as they broke the sound barrier. Some of the northwest suburbs heard that noise, which sounded like two large explosions. "I heard a huge, gigantic boom," said Sherry, who lives in Barrington and was obviously shaken by the noise.

"I had no idea what I was supposed to do with six kids," she said, her voice shaking.

The pilot called in a passenger disturbance when someone began banging on the 767's cockpit door. Airline officials now say that the passenger is a young man who is mentally disabled. Officials say the young man apparently just wanted to go inside the cockpit since he had been allowed inside another plane's cockpit before.

The FBI says it is possible that no charges will be filed in the case.

The F-16s escorted the plane into the airport.

-- Jackson Brown (, October 08, 2001.

I was unloading the wood outside working and then I heard two sonic booms twenty seconds apart over my house in Lake in the Hills, IL. All the neighbors came out o see what it was.

We found out 15 minutes later the radio reported the two F16 fighter followed the American Airlines airliner. The FBI is now investigating at Ohare Airport. Several passengers subdued the disturbed man. One of the passengers was interviewed on NBC-TV said he “grabbed the individual off of the Co-Pilot”

-- Rick V (, October 08, 2001.

Nando Times

-- Martin Thompson (, October 08, 2001.

One of the passengers was interviewed on NBC-TV said he “grabbed the individual off of the Co-Pilot”


How the hell did he get in the cockpit -- OR -- why was the co-pilot outside the cockpit??


-- Jackson Brown (, October 08, 2001.

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