By Joseph Straw New York Daily News
WASHINGTON — A chilling new video shows how a terrorist could breach an airliner’s cockpit in just two seconds and lock its reinforced door behind him.
Cockpit doors were strengthened after 9/11. But Ellen Saracini, widow of United Airlines Flight 175 Capt. Victor Saracini, whose plane crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center, is pushing for added security.
She told the Huffington Post she produced the clip with help of industry allies.
Saracini wants Congress to pass legislation that would require secondary barriers like metal gates inside cockpit doors.
By Ann Marie Barron Staten Island Advance
FF John G. Chipura, E-219
TOTTENVILLE — Islanders have the opportunity to donate blood in Tottenville this Saturday, in memory of a heroic Staten Island firefighter who died in the line of duty during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gymnasium of Our Lady Help of Christians R.C. Church. It has been held annually for 10 years in memory of John G. Chipura, 39, of Pleasant Plains, a firefighter with Brooklyn Engine Co. 219, who died while attempting to rescue trapped victims of the World Trade Center.Chipura was also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and had survived the 1983 terrorist bombing of the Marines barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. He also served as a police officer with the 72nd Precinct, Brooklyn, before joining the Fire Department in 1999.
The drive this year is hosted by Chipura’s family, including his brother, Gerard Chipura, and sister-in-law, Eileen Ronan Chipura, of Tottenville. It is supported by Boy Scout Troop 21, Tottenville, which the late firefighter, also an Eagle Scout, served for several years as assistant scout master.
The PAPD Pipes & Drums
The victims of the first attack on the World Trade Center were remembered Wednesday during a memorial ceremony at the site.
The event marked the 21st anniversary of the 1993 bombing that killed six people and injured more than a thousand others.
Held at the 9/11 Memorial fountain, the service opened with the Port Authority Pipes and Drums.
Following a moment of silence, the names of those who died will be read aloud by one their family members.