updated 2/8/2009 2:22:37 PM ET 2009-02-08T19:22:37

The National Park Service expects that a contract will be awarded by autumn for construction of the Flight 93 National Memorial in western Pennsylvania.

Park Service Superintendent Joanne Hanley gives that estimate now that the government has reached a deal to acquire the 275-acre crash site.

Hanley met Saturday with the joint Flight 93 Memorial Task Force and the Flight 93 Advisory Commission.

Flight 93 was en route from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2001, when it was diverted by hijackers. The official 9/11 Commission report said the hijackers crashed the plane while passengers tried to take control of the cockpit.

The goal is to have the $58 million memorial and national park ready for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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