PITTSBURGH (AP) – Congress has appropriated $298,000 toward the creation of a memorial to the people killed when hijacked Flight 93 crashed in western Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.

All 40 passengers and crew aboard the San Francisco-bound flight were killed. The passengers apparently fought the hijackers for control of the aircraft after learning of the attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The money, contained in an Interior Department appropriations bill approved last month, will be used next fiscal year by the panel designing the national memorial. A design is to be completed by 2005.

Last week, a coal company agreed to sell 800 acres to a nonprofit group working to preserve land for the memorial. Others have donated smaller parcels at the crash site some 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

On the Net:

Flight 93 Memorial Project: http://www.flight93memorialproject.org

AP-ES-12-15-03 1720EST

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