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Profile: Marion Britton

Marion Britton was a participant or observer in the following events:

Marion Britton.Marion Britton. [Source: US Census Bureau]Flight 93 passenger Marion Britton calls her longtime friend Fred Fiumano at his auto repair shop in New York City, and talks to him for just under four minutes. According to the Chicago Tribune, she is using a cell phone. (Barker, Kiernan, and Mills 9/30/2001; US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division 7/31/2006) Journalist and author Jere Longman writes that, because her own cell phone is not working, Britton is using a borrowed phone (i.e. a cell phone). She gives Fiumano the phone number belonging to another passenger and tells him to write it down. (Longman 2002, pp. 162 and 166) However, during the 2006 Zacarias Moussaoui trial, the prosecution claims that Britton, who had been assigned a seat in row 12 of the plane, makes her call from a phone in row 33, presumably meaning a seatback phone rather than a cell phone. (US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division 7/31/2006, pp. 12 pdf file) Britton is crying. She tells Fiumano her plane has been hijacked and has made a U-turn. When he tells her that the World Trade Center is on fire, she replies, “I know, and we’re going to go down.” (McKinnon 9/22/2001; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 10/28/2001) Britton says, “They’re gonna kill us, you know, we’re gonna die.” (Pauley 9/11/2006) Fiumano tries to reassure her, but she responds, “Two passengers have had their throats cut.” (Lewis 4/13/2006) (In passenger Todd Beamer’s call from Flight 93 (see 9:45 a.m.-9:58 a.m. September 11, 2001), a flight attendant is reportedly heard in the background saying that two men lying on the floor in first class, possibly dead, are the plane’s pilot and co-pilot. It is unclear if these are the two people that Britton refers to as having had their throats cut, and she’d simply mistaken them for passengers. (Longman 2002, pp. 199) ) Fiumano hears a lot of yelling and screaming, and then the line goes dead. He tries calling Britton back but is unable to get through. (McKinnon 9/22/2001)

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