( http://www.cnn.com/2002/TRAVEL/NEWS/03/25/rec.flight.93/index.html )
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The families of the passengers and crew of the hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11 will be able to listen to the tape of the cockpit voice recorder during a session next month, the FBI said Monday.
United Airlines Flight 93 was the fourth hijacked plane and crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing all 44 people aboard, including the four hijackers.
Neither the tape nor a transcript have been made public, nor are they expected to be.
After consultation with the U.S. Attorney, FBI Director Robert Mueller said it is "appropriate to allow the families to listen to the tape," a law enforcement official told CNN.
The crash victims’ families will be able to listen to the tape April 18 in Princeton, New Jersey. Several family members have asked the FBI to let them hear the tape.
Deena Burnett — whose husband Thomas Burnett, 38, died in the crash — said she is glad the government is going to allow the families to listen to the tape.
"Most of us realize that this is not going to open all the doors and give us all the answers to the questions that we may have concerning the death of the people on Flight 93," she told CNN-affiliate KTVU, "[but] I feel better just knowing they’re going to allow us to hear the cockpit recorder."
She said the families are to be led into a room where they will listen to the recording and then the FBI will be available to answer questions. Then, the families will be allowed to hear the tape a second time.
Burnett, who was one of the primary people pushing for the government to allow families to hear the tape, said it’s her understanding that much of the recording is not discernible, but "that didn’t deter me from wanting to listen to it or to have access to it."
She said the government decided to let the families hear the recording "because it’s going to be used in an upcoming trial of one of the terrorists."
Prosecutors have suggested Zacarias Moussaoui may have been the intended fifth hijacker of Flight 93, the only September 11 terrorist flight with four hijackers aboard and the only one that did not hit its target. Moussaoui was in jail on September 11, having been detained on an immigration violation since August, when a Minnesota flight school reported his suspicious behavior to authorities.
Flight 93 was heading from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco when it was hijacked. While flying over Ohio, the plane made a turn back to the southeast before it crashed. Government officials have said the hijackers may have been headed to Washington.
Telephone calls between people on the plane and their families indicated the passengers and crew, having heard about the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, attempted to retake control of Flight 93 shortly before the crash.