Three other pilots had confirmed Michael's shooting down of the pink Albatros.
He listened as the Hawkeye's pilot confirmed the course change instructions.
The other two pilots in the flight confirmed that their electronics saw the Tosevite aircraft, too.
The controller continued to try to contact United 93, and asked whether the pilot could confirm that he had been hijacked.
Flight 655's pilot confirmed the clearance and radioed back: "Thank you very much.
The accident could have been prevented, the agency wrote, if the pilot and controller had confirmed the runway assignment to each other.
United's pilots confirmed talks with the machinists about a combined effort to acquire the airline.
The pilot understood English, the language used in the signals, and an American surveillance plane confirmed that the calls were made.
The pilot will confirm their destination, but nothing else.
The controller asked whether everything was all right; the pilots confirmed that it was.