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Coal-mining device from Flight 93 to be part of ship coming in 2012


A crane used in coal mining at the southwestern Pennsylvania site where United Flight 93 crashed will be melted down and used to build a Navy ship.

The ship will be called the USS Somerset after the county where the flight hijacked by terrorists crashed on Sept. 11, 2001.

Twenty-two tons of steel from the dragline crane have been taken from the site. The steel will be melted down then sent to Mississippi where the ship is being built by Northrop Grumman. The ship is expected to be built by 2012.

Northrop Grumman is also using more than 21 tons of steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center in New York to build what will become the USS New York.

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