The Iranian Pilot of United Flight 93 Might be Presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor–Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
This talks about Hossein Mahmoudi, said to be the Iranian pilot of United flight #93, which crashed in Pennsylvania on the day of the terrorist hijackings in September, 2001. He is described as having been honored by a letter from President Bush to his family. He is said to have bravely fought off the hijackers while at the same time attempting to make sure his plane did not come down in a populated area.
There is virtually nothing in this eRumor that is true. There is no record that we can find of a Hossein Mahmoudi among the crew or passengers on United Flight # 93. According to United Airlines, the pilot was Captain Jason Dahl; the first officer was Leroy Homer.
The Congressional Medal of Honor is not presented to civilians.
It’s odd that in the eRumor (below), he is known as “Mr. 93” on a football message board. Coincidence that this is the same number as the flight?
Also, the last report we knew of, there was not enough good information on the flight recorders to have concluded what is described about the crew’s conduct during the hijacking.
Hossein Mahmoudi Might Receive Congressional Medal of Honor.
Out of the nearly 6000 victims of last week’s crime, four have been cited for bravery and personal letters sent to their families by President Bush.
One is the brave Iranian pilot of the plane that crashed in the fields of Pennsylvania. The black-box recovered from the plane shows that the pilot fought bravely and brought the plane down avoiding buildings while he was struggling with the hijackers who wanted to crash it into the buildings.
His wife says that he had told her many times if hijacked he would avoid civilians on the ground. He did just that. He leaves behind a wife & two young children; younger one is only six months. They live in New Jersey. His wife like himself is an Iranian.
Pilot Mahmoodi’s plane was the only plane that didn’t kill anyone on the ground. This brave pilot who also loved soccer (known to many of us, as Mr. 93 on an Iranian football message board) deserves to receive the highest honor in the U.S.
I am very puzzled/surprised why the media in the U.S. and other countries are not mentioning his name and how brave he was in fighting the hijackers.