Mark Kendall Bingham (May 22, 1970 in Phoenix, Arizona – September 11, 2001 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania) was an American public relations executive who founded his own company, the Bingham Group. He died at age 31 in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on board United Airlines Flight 93.
Bingham is believed to have been among the passengers who attempted to storm the cockpit to try to prevent the hijackers from using the plane to kill hundreds or thousands of additional victims. He made a brief airphone call to his mother, Alice Hoglan, shortly before the plane went down. Hoglan, a former flight attendant with United Airlines, later left a voice mail message on his cell phone, instructing Bingham to reclaim the aircraft after it became apparent that Flight 93 was to be used in a suicide mission.
Bingham was survived by his former boyfriend of six years, Paul Holm, who says this was not the first time Bingham risked his life to protect the lives of others. He had twice successfully protected Holm from attempted muggings, one of which was at gunpoint. Holm describes Bingham as a brave, competitive man, saying, "He hated to lose — at anything." He was even known to proudly display a scar he received after being gored at the running of the bulls in Pamplona.
Bingham attended Los Gatos High School. He was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also president of his fraternity, Chi Psi. In college, he played for the UC Berkeley rugby team and helped them win a string of national championships.
Apparently, he got on board Flight 93 at the last minute, going on with the flight attendant.
What Makes a Hero: In This Exclusive Excerpt from the Revealing Biography of Flight 93's Mark Bingham, by Advocate Senior News Editor Jon Barrett, Mark's Friends Explain Why They're So Certain He Helped to Foil the Terrorists' Plan. (Books)
Sep 17, 2002; The word hero has been tossed around casually since September 11, applied to everyone from the (deserving) firefighters and...
This Is Mark Bingham: His Life Was Rich and Dramatic for 31 Years before He Boarded Flight 93 on September 11. Now for the First Time, the People Who Knew and Loved Mark Share Their Intimate Stories. (Person of the Year)(Cover Story)
Jan 22, 2002; It took a while for Alice Hoglan to muster the courage--not to mention the technological know-how--to check the messages on her...
Catching Up with Mark's Mom: Alice Hoagland, Mother of Flight 93's Mark Bingham, Checks in with Her Son's Biographer, Jon Barrett, Just as a Film about the 9/ 11 Hijacking Hits Theaters
May 09, 2006; Just hours after Alice Hoagland learned that her son, Mark Bingham, was one of the passengers who sacrificed their lives fighting...