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Shanksville

Shanksville, borough (1990 pop. 235), Somerset co., SW Pa., on the Stonycreek River, which is spanned by an 1881 covered bridge. It is situated in an agricultural area where corn, oats, and livestock are raised; there also are dairy farms and windpower facilities. During the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 (see 9/11), one of the four hijacked aircraft crashed into a hillside near Shanksville after passengers sought to gain control of the plane; all aboard were killed. The site of the crash is now part of the Flight 93 National Memorial.

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