WestJetYQQ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5162 times:
I was just reading the forum on the 3,000,000th civil post on a.net, and i saw the link to the thread from 9/11, and i read through it for quite some time, until I realized how long it was. It has to be the longest thread in a.net history (correct me if I'm wrong), and coincidentally the last post on it was "This has to be the longest thread in a.net history."
Anyway the thread got me to thinking where I was on that dreadful day, and then where others were, and how lucky I was not to be in NYC that day.
I was still sleeping at the time of the attacks. It was around 6am, Pacific Time. I went to school unknowing that anything had ocurred. I was in the fifth grade at the time. The school staff told us that a plane had crashed into the towers. I thought it was a small plane, perhaps a cessna, and that everything was fine. They never said the towers were gone. I didn't know until I got home later that day and saw the TV. After that I watched the TV for hours on end. I remember there were F-18s over my house. That was a sad day for all.
I was wondering where others of you were on that day. Where there any a.netters on diverted flights? There has to be hundreds of stories out there.
N776AU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5118 times:
As far as when it happened, I was on the bus to school. I was in seventh grade at the time, and everything progressed as normal through the morning. Then we said the pledge and our principal said two men have crashed a plane in to the World Trade Center. My thought was, "Oh it's a little Cessna. There will be some deaths, but just a terrible accident; life goes on I suppose". They refused to tell us the entire day what had happened, and I didn't find out until I got home.
DALelite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5118 times:
I was at work and didn't know what has happend in N.Y.C. at that time.
When i got home, my neighbor was waiting for me outside her flat telling me the news. I didn't belive it, thought that she was mistaken and said that it probably was a small private jet that has crashed into the twin towers.
Immedeatly i turned on the TV. And there was the proof that she war right.
I was in shock. Immedeatly i called up my parents who live in Florida to check on them.
I was damn sure that World War 3 was on its way.
WestJetYQQ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5113 times:
I also Want to tell this story,
At the Time, My Dad was an AME for Air Rainbow, a small airline out of the Campbell River Spit, operating Beavers on Floats. The guys at the Hangar heard about the closed airspace, and, they watched the TV for a while. Then, one of them had the brilliant Idea of taking one of the companies Beavers up for a test flight (testing if the F-18s from Nearby CFB Comox (YQQ) would come over to investigate). The fighters never did come by the way.
TZ757300 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5107 times:
I was in English class on the second floor of the middle school in 7th grade. All the teachers we're in a hype because they were hearing that school was going to close mid-way through the day. She tried to explain what really had happened, but she was too emotional to continue. So she flipped on the news and I was there watching the TV to see the second plane hit. I really didn't know what to make of the situation. So I made my way home on the bus, kinda scared, kinda excited. I got home to see my mom crying and she said my grandpa was on a flight to SJU today and haven't heard from him since the night before, but he was ok.
PlymSpotter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5102 times:
I was sat in class at school here in the UK, things were pretty boring that day and I was looking forwards to getting home to see some of my family who were coming to see us for a few days. I first learned that something had happened when my mum picked me up and I heard the radio, although reports were still a little unclear. Getting home and seeing the footage on the TV was shocking to say the least; I was both shocked at what had happened and saddened for the victims, but also concerned at what the US's reaction might be.
Dc9northwest From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5098 times:
I was at my grandpa's house, after returning from watching the Tennis Open. I turned on the TV and heard the news (without images). I also thought it was a Cessna. I believed it had to be foggy or bad wx/poor visibility, and blamed ATC. I then saw images and thought something had happened to the pilot.
Then I saw the second plane crashing, and I knew something was very wrong. I was 10 at the time, still remember it.
That was quite a bad day... I also remember thinking that there were very few people on both flights that hit WTC.
I didn't think anything about WW3, because I don't like thinking about war, at least when I would be involved.
WestJetYQQ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5071 times:
Quoting WestJetYQQ (Thread starter): i saw the link to the thread from 9/11, and i read through it for quite some time, until I realized how long it was. It has to be the longest thread in a.net history (correct me if I'm wrong), and coincidentally the last post on it was "This has to be the longest thread in a.net history."
I am going to correct myself here. I posted this only minutes before I saw the thread in 'Site Related' on the longest thread, along with 'The Official Super Thread', which had over 2000 posts!
I have mixed feeling about that day. By This I mean I'm glad I wasn't In NYC to witness these horrible events. Also, I beleive It would have been a very good Life experience, to be there on that day. (I know I should punch myself in the face right now for even thinking that)
BPS3458 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5052 times:
Was in my office on Long Island (Freeport / approx. 30 miles from Manhattan) and couldn't believe the news. After both towers came down our office was eventually shut at around 11:00 AM and I had to find rooms on Long Island for 3 German interns who lived in Manhattan but couldn't return as all public transport in to the city was stopped. Afterwards it took me nearly 5 hours to drive home (usually took 25 minutes). My wife was working in the Empire State Building at that time and it took her until 9:00 PM that night to get out of the city. From our house in Port Washington we could see the smoke rising for days. One of the most horrifying days of my life.
TinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5042 times:
Was in the office in Roseville CA when my girlfriend called me asking me to turn on the TV. Went to the break room and couldn't believe what I was seeing. I tried accessing cnn.com, reuters.com..... name it and I couldn't. Spent two hours in the break room watching TV until we were asked to all go home. That's the one day other than Christmas day that everything was closed in Sacramento. You could not find an open restaurant. Heck, I almost ran out of gas looking for an open gas station later that afternoon.
It's funny I just started a thread about 9-11 when I saw the thread in the 3 000 000 posts but it got deleted. I went through the 400+ 9-11 thread and anger just started boiling all over me again. That was the saddest day of my life.
AlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5037 times:
Even though I was in school (9th grade) in the Central Time Zone, I didn't find out until the end of our first period, about five minutes before the first tower collapsed. We had started an important graded debate in that civics class before anyone knew anything, but technically about fifteen minutes after the first plane hit the tower. So for some weird reason, the debate was not stopped, although we thought it odd that the teacher's telephone kept ringing, including various references to him as "Mr. Popular" because it was so odd for there to be that many phone calls. Once our debate ended at the end of the period, I found out about both the WTC towers and the Pentagon at the same time when we were told by the teacher verbally at the end of first period and so the TVs weren't switched on in that class. So, we went to our second period classes. In my case, it was Physical Science. The TV was on in there. The first tower must have collapsed between classes, and when I first saw it on TV, the first tower was already gone. However, it was so smokey that I kept thinking that the view was such the first tower was directly behind the second tower from the angle of the camera. Once that second tower fell near the end of second period, we could see that neither tower was standing. Then I found out about the United 93 crash during third period Algebra. We did nothing but watch TV in that class.
Now here's what I don't get. Most people I talk to said that they did nothing but watch the news all day long from no later than half an hour after it started until the end of the school day. In my case, I only was able to see coverage for two periods of the day. Worst of all was that for our fourth period study hall, which started around 11 AM central, the teacher supervising it turned the TV off and said that studying was more important! As if we had been given homework all day long! And for my 5th, 6th, and 7th periods, we didn't watch any of it.
I did notice this: We were given 30 minutes for lunch. We typically spent 20 minutes eating, and then we'd go outside on the front steps for the last 10 minutes just to hang out. 9/11 was a nice day, and it was noticable that there weren't any planes since my high school is under the departure path from MSP toward eastern cities like Chicago and New York and a bunch of other cities.
FXramper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5036 times:
My folks were living abroad in Portugal and the only Non-Portugeuse in the office were my Dad and his office mate/co-manager Andy from the UK. The natives were laughing and rejoicing that it had happened. My Dad left immediately to come home (to Belem) and be with my Mom. Sad stuff...
I got harassed at EWR on a return CO, LIS-EWR flight that November by airport PD because I was too tan and appeared scared as a first time flyer... I'm told.
Dc10bhx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5025 times:
I was at work when I took a phone cal from an Airline Rep who told me that a flight had gone into the WTC. It was a race in our office to get internet access covering CNN, BBC, Sky anyone we could get on line. We managed to get the radio going as well which gave a commentary about what was happening. We heard the second tower get hit and then the phones started ringing out with instructions from our bosses. We were told that nothing would be despatched out that day (and it was likely that no flights would be operating full stop).
The rest of the day was spent in a blur keeping up to date with whatever news was coming out of the US. A couple of people in our office were borderline shock cases with the rest of us in complete disbelief.
I do not think what ever else happens in my life will I forget my initial feelings when the towers were hit (not even how I felt after the birth of my kids).
Geo772 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5021 times:
I remember the day quite clearly.
I was in class doing radar theory for my maintenance license at Heathrow. I had earlier watched Concorde depart on a return to service test flight and was settling into the afternoon's lesson. It was our mid afternoon coffee break that we heard. We were all stunned in the class, all wanting to know what had happened and whether it was an accident or not.
Needless to say class did not continue that day. As I was driving home the facts started to come in and I got home home just in time to turn on the TV and see the first tower collapse. The rest they say is history.
OHLHD From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5020 times:
I was at home and switching between channels and than I saw it and called a friend of mine and watched both while hanging on the phone as well.
Later that evening I played my first basketball game again after a severe ankle injury ( kept me out for 8 months). So I will remeber that actually very well since I worked very hard to get back on the court.
Elite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5017 times:
A friend called me up and told me to switch on the TV as I was going to go to New York pretty soon. I turned on and Bloomberg gave a live feed - it was unreal. The trip to New York was obviously canceled, and I can still remember seeing that on TV. Don't think I'll ever forget.
Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5012 times:
It was a long day.
I had taken my partner to DTW that morning for a 7am AA flight to ORD.
I got home and made coffee, and was watching the "Today Show" when it all started.
I called him at the Admirals Club at ORD just as the second a/c hit. Shortly there after ORD was closed, and I had to drive to Chicago to pick him up and bring him back to Detroit as there were no rental cars or hotel rooms available.
Jkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5010 times:
Just like most people, I was just finishing school for the day. I got picked up by my father who mentioned that a plane had hit the WTC. Being young I never really had an idea of the full scale of the disaster or even where the WTC was to be honest!
The scale of the disaster became quite apparent when I got home. My mother was glued to the TV in absolute awe. My father, my sister, Me and my Girlfriend all crowded into the lounge and watched the reports along with the footage being repeated over and over until the second one hit.
I realised I had a friend who was in NYC at the time on vacation. I wasn't sure what day she was to be returning either. This worried me a little but much to my relief she had left the day before and ironically enough spent her final evening at Windows of the World!
I will never forget this day, and I don't think anyone who wasn't around witnessing it will appreciate just how immense this was.
When my friend and I next saw eachother we embraced in a really nice 'I'm glad to see you' welcome hug! She was pretty torn up for a few months after returning, thankfully she turned out just fine!
Jamesbuk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5004 times:
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: Wow, man. That's lucky, very lucky. I want to laugh at that, but I know I may get flamed if I do so. THIS IS MY POST 999!!!!!!!! [Edited 2007-04-14 0