Bush lauds courage of Flight 93 passengers, crew

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SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Former President George W. Bush is calling the actions by some of the passengers aboard Flight 93 on Sept. 11 one of the most courageous acts in U.S. history and a shining example of democracy in action.

Bush spoke Saturday to more than 4,000 people, including relatives of those killed when the plane crashed into a rural Pennsylvania field. He says that even as the U.S. was under attack in New York and Washington, those aboard the hijacked plane defied their four captors by holding a vote to try and overpower them.

He says the choice cost them their lives but was successful.