Discovery Channel Presents the Flight That Fought Back: A Tribute to the...

Discovery Channel Presents the Flight That Fought Back: A Tribute to the Heroism aboard United Airlines Flight 93


Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 6, 2005–The Discovery Channel presents THE FLIGHT THAT FOUGHT BACK, featuring personal accounts of witnesses and first-time interviews with families and friends of the heroes of Flight 93, on Sunday, September 11, 2005, at 9 PM (ET/PT). The 90-minute special tells the compelling and poignant story of the 33 passengers and seven crew members on United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked, rerouted toward Washington, D.C., and crashed in Somerset County, Pa., on September 11, 2001. The film will air in its entirety without commercial interruption.

THE FLIGHT THAT FOUGHT BACK is a powerful retelling of the plane’s final moments as those on board fought to regain control of the aircraft. This dramatic documentary was developed with unprecedented cooperation from many family members and friends of those on board, and with help from United Airlines.

Using comprehensive research including the 9/11 Commission Report, rarely heard voice recordings, and the personal reflections of family and friends on how their loved ones would have reacted to the situation, THE FLIGHT THAT FOUGHT BACK chronicles how 40 strangers discovered the terrorists’ scheme, devised a plan to respond, and stopped the deadly plot—all in just 30 minutes. The film gives viewers a better understanding of the events on the plane and a deeper appreciation of the diverse group of men and women on board.

“This program honors the 40 strangers who had a battle plan and came together to confront the terrorists, literally fighting back against the enemy,” said Judith A. McHale, president and chief executive officer, Discovery Communications, Inc. (DCI). “The passengers’ extraordinary heroism saved countless lives in our nation’s capital, and Discovery is honored to present this tribute to their remarkable sacrifice.”

THE FLIGHT THAT FOUGHT BACK represents DCI’s commitment to commemorate the heroism demonstrated by the passengers and crew on Flight 93. A portion of the proceeds from this film will go to the Flight 93 National Memorial to honor these fallen heroes.

“The events of 9/11 are a part of history that touched each and every one of us—directly affecting the way we live our lives today,” added Jane Root, Discovery Channel executive vice president and general manager. “Discovery Channel is committed to telling this story with both unrelenting accuracy and sincere compassion. Those aboard Flight 93 have a legacy that must live on.”

Discovery commissioned London-based Brook Lapping Productions (BLP), an Emmy(R) Award-winning production company with an international reputation for accuracy, to research and present the remarkable story of THE FLIGHT THAT FOUGHT BACK. BLP has worked closely with family members, unearthing new insights, new eyewitness accounts and rarely heard recordings.

Discovery en Español will simulcast Discovery Channel’s premiere of THE FLIGHT THAT FOUGHT BACK.

Discovery Channel is the United States’ largest cable television network, serving 90.2 million households across the nation with the finest in informative entertainment. Discovery Networks, U.S., a unit of Discovery Communications, Inc., operates and manages Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery HD Theater, Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Times Channel, The Science Channel, Discovery Home Channel, Military Channel, Discovery en Español, FitTV, Discovery Kids en Español and Discovery Travel & Living (Viajar y Vivir). The unit also distributes BBC AMERICA.

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Discovery Channel Presents the Flight That Fought Back: A Tribute to the Heroism aboard United Airlines Flight 93