Sometime after 9:00am, the plane was given orders by Tony Almeida and Masters, who were part of a group of terrorists that hacked the airline communications system. The captain, Sato, trusted the new orders, unaware of the threat, and as they bolted through the runway, they approached Global Skies Airlines passenger Flight 117 on the tarmac. Almeida, at the last moment, ordered the GSA pilot to pull up, and he did, avoiding a crash with Flight 35. The near-collision was a demonstration designed to show the US government that the terrorists wielded great power. None aboard the plane were harmed.