When she first told me the story, I thought, with dark irony suppressed, that Esther Heymann was one of the lucky ones. Her 27-year-old stepdaughter, Elizabeth Wainio, had died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but at least the two women got to say goodbye.
At least they had that.
On that sunny, late-summer, back-to-work morning 15 years ago, Wainio called from United Airlines Flight 93, the one that took off from Newark, N.J., and crashed in a field in southwestern Pennsylvania. Wainio managed to stay on the phone for several minutes before passengers stormed the cockpit to keep the hijackers from using the plane in the fourth attack of the day, possibly on the U.S....
A United Airlines jet taxis at O'Hare International Airport.