'9/11: The Fifth Plane' by TMZ examines the possibility of a fifth plane being involved in the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks. The United States was hit by four coordinated attacks orchestrated by the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda on September 11, 2001.
The documentary on TMZ looks at Flight 23, which was supposed to land at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City, and considers whether it was a target for the highjackers. The show even interviews the pilot of the plane, Tom Mannello, who provides his own interpretations of the incident. Let's take a look at Tom's life and where he is today.
Tom Mannello, who is he?
Tom Mannello completed his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut in 1972, before earning a master's degree in project management from the University of Southern California in 1979. He joined United Airlines as a pilot and quickly gained a following among his colleagues.
Tom was assigned to fly United Airlines Flight 23, which was scheduled to depart from the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City on September 11, 2001. They were waiting on the tarmac when they received orders to return to the gate. According to reports, three Arab passengers fled the plane shortly after.
Initially, Tom was astonished at how fate intervened to save his life and was apprehensive about believing the theory that his airplane was one of the terrorist's targets. Nevertheless, the FBI interviewed the entire crew and soon more evidence was discovered.
Four people in first class began resentful from the moment they boarded the plane, according to the cabin crew. Although one of the passengers appeared to be a man wearing the disguise of a woman, the cabin crew knew that none of them ate meat. However, when crew members attempted to make them feel at ease, they appeared to be exceedingly impatient and kept asking for the plane to return to the boarding area.
What Has Happened to Tom Mannello?
Tom mentioned that several of his colleagues had resigned in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, fearing the consequences of the attack, and were reluctant to continue working as pilots. However, Tom refused to quit and returned to United Airlines' commercial airline pilot position in 2008.
Tom began working as a Freelancer in 2008 before joining Chamard Vineyards as a Winemaker in 2010. Under the leadership of his business, Mannello's Original Designs, he currently designs and sells high-quality and long-lasting wood furniture and cabinets.