Thomas Edward Burnett Jr. was an American who was the vice-president and chief operating officer of Thoratec Corporation, a medical devices company based in Pleasanton, California. He resided in San Ramon, California. On September 11, 2001, Burnett was a passenger on board United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked as part of the September 11 attacks. He, along with other passengers, formed the plan to retake the plane from the hijackers, and led the effort that resulted in the crash of the plane into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, thwarting the hijackers’ plan to crash the plane into a building in Washington, D.C., most likely either the U.S. Capitol Building or the White House.
|Born:||Thomas Edward Burnett Jr, May 29, 1963, Bloomington, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Died:||September 11, 2001, Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Cause of death:||Homicide by airplane crash as part of the September 11 terrorist attacks|
|Resting place:||Fort Snelling National Cemetery|
|Residence:||Bloomington, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Known for:||Leading revolt on United 93 in the September 11 attacks|
|Spouse(s):||Deena Burnett (m. 1992–2001, his death)|
|Children:||Halley Elizabeth, Madison Margaret, Anna Clare, Mariah Mills|
About Tom Burnett
Passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 93 who told his wife that he was going to help overthrow the 9/11 hijackers.
He was flying for business as the COO of a California-based maker of medical devices.
He made four phone calls to his wife: first telling her the plane was hijacked, then telling her the hijackers were on a suicide mission, then calling to say there was a plan, and the last phone call to say goodbye.
He had four daughters with his wife Deena Burnett.
Daniel M. Lewin, an executive of the Akamai technology firm, was also one of the plane crash victims though on another flight on 9/11.
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- Burials in Minnesota
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- College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University alumni
- American terrorism victims
- Pepperdine University alumni
- Victims of aviation accidents or incidents in the United States
- American chief operating officers
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