Wahlberg: I'd have stopped 9/11 hijack

Hollywood actor apologises for saying if he were on board, he would have saved United Airlines flight 93 from crashing during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg has apologised for saying he would have stopped one of the planes hijacked on September 11, 2001, from crashing if he had been on board.

Wahlberg, 34, was reportedly due to fly on United Airlines flight 93 from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco but switched to a charter flight instead.

Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field after passengers wrestled with the terrorists who hijacked the plane. Other aircraft hijacked that morning crashed into the World Trade Centre towers in New York and the Pentagon in Virginia.

Mark Wahlberg ... said he would have prevented Flight 93 crashing if he had been on the plane.

Mark Wahlberg ... said he would have prevented Flight 93 crashing if he had been on the plane. Photo: Getty Images

"If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn't have went down like it did," the actor and former underwear model told Men's Journal magazine, which published the interview in its February edition.

"There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, 'OK, we're going to land somewhere safely, don't worry.'"

His comments were criticised by the widow of Thomas Burnett-Bailey, one of the passengers who challenged the hijackers.

The debris found where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed.

The debris found where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed. Photo: Reuters

"Does Mark Wahlberg have a pilot's licence? Then I think hindsight is 20/20 and it's insignificant to say what you would have done if you weren't there," Deena Burnett-Bailey told entertainment gossip website TMZ.

"The plan for Flight 93 was foiled by heroes. For him to speculate that his presence on board could have stopped everything is silly and disrespectful. Sounds like someone is grandstanding."

Mr Burnett-Bailey had called his wife while he was on the flight, telling her: "I know we're all going to die - there's three of us who are going to do something about it. ... I love you, honey."

Wahlberg later apologised, telling TMZ: "To speculate about such a situation is ridiculous to begin with.

"I deeply apologise to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive; it was certainly not my intention."


..........Um - Ol' Marky Mark here seems to be going down that road called "Mel Gibson Highway"........... we all know he is an extremely religious man - including having a mini-knave with a mini statue of Mother Mary ...... but one has to wonder if all that religion MAY have blurred his ability to to distinguish between what is REALITY and the ACTION MOVIES he has recently been starring in.............. is he hiding his Black Ops training history somewhere????...

............This was so stupid on so many levels I do not know where to begin........