Longhornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3204 posts, RR: 45 Posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3713 times:
The post about Flight 93 made me think of this...
As everyone is well aware, the events of September 11th 2001 were horrible, and will live in infamy, and the hearts of many for the rest of their lives. This one day had such a profound impact, surely no one can forget what they were doing, or how they found out.
For me, my mom was taking me to school (I was in 7th grade at the time), and the news report on the radio, said they had reports of a "small airplane" hitting one of the WTC towers in New York, and that it appeared to be an accident. Me being the quick thinking son of a gun I was jumped into the backseat of our Dodge Durango and flipped down the TV, knowing that if it was as big as I thought it might be, all the news stations (ABC, NBC, CBS all the non-cable channels) would have it. Fighting the reception of my TV, I was able to watch the replay of the first one, and told my mom that it was no small plane, and it certainly wasn't an accident. I think I guessed 737. While I was back there, watching, I saw the 2nd plane fly into the other tower. My heart just stopped. I remember when I got to school, I was the first one to inform everyone (teachers included) about what had happened, and so we quickly turned on the TVs, and a couple hours later, still watching, my whole 7th grade class watched the towers collapse. It was just devestating, there were people crying, and everything. I just kinda stood there in shock. It didn't seem real.
So thats my story, whats yours?
May all the victims rest in peace, and may God Bless every one who has been touched by this terrible tragedy.
TR763 From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 769 posts, RR: 15 Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3703 times:
I was at school and while going to the English class (ironically or not...), a friend of mine that had just gone out of that classroom told me that we would be having a 3rd. World war!
I got shocked!
Then, everybody went to the computer room to check out in the internet what was really going on...
Later in that day, I went to a friend´s house to do a work for the school, and the result was... We didn´t do anything related to school and we kept watching the TV the whole day. It was a VERY scary thing, and I will never forget, step by step, what I was doing during that day...
But when I first knew something about it, I was in my school´s corridors moving from one classroom to another!
I was 15 and was in the first year of high school (here in Brazil we have 3 high school years).
MtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2289 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3701 times:
Mine is not very dramatic.
My wife and I were to fly from Boise to Reno that day to go to Lake Tahoe and catch the Little River Band concert at Ceasar's that evening and come home Wednesday.
I was still asleep at the time everything was occurring,but the wife was up early as usual and it was my mother that called and said all airports were closed and no flights were flying. I thought she was crazy until I saw what was going on.
This happened early here in Mountain Time Zone. So needless to say, we never got to Reno.
But, after making plans to go there, I saw that the band was coming to Boise on 9/19. They added this stop after we made plans and bought tix,etc.
So, as luck would have it, we did get refunds from all Tahoe sites, and got to see The Little River Band here. It was really nice to hear them add the end of 'America' or something patriotic at the end of the sax solo in "Cool Change". Really sombered up the place.
By the way, as an employee of Southwest Airlines, I can tell you it made some big changes in my professional life, as well.
Jafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3696 times:
I was at work in London, it was a sunny day and I was wandering up to the Civic Centre in Harrow to get some expenses reimbursed, as I walked in through reception I noticed everybody looking at the TV over the entrance, the first tower had just been hit, I thought it was an accident, went and got my cheque, came back and stood near enough to hear the commentary, then the truth dawned.....
Gorbskow From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 24 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3692 times:
I always sleep with my radio on. That morning I woke up and was listening to the music when the initial reports came on about a small plane hitting the first tower. I didnt have class until 1030 central and so I went out to the living room and turned on the tv. Shortly after, the second plane hit.
I went to class and we turned on the tv in the classroom to watch the news unfold. The chief instructor of the flight school I was going to came in and said that although this is a horrible situation, we need to focus on our studies and turn the tvs off. Apparently our ground instructor did not agree with this, since he told us to go take a break and come back in an hour or so. We all went to the student lounge and watched as everything continued to unfold. I have to say that I generally watch the local news and the world news each night, but I remember watching only the news anytime I turned on my tv for days after that horrible day (which I had plenty of spare time cause if I remember correctly we couldnt fly for almost 10days after 9/11).
Thepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3681 times:
I was just waking up on that morning to go to school (8th grade), and my mom was talking to my dad. She said, "I don't want to scare the kids, if there's been a terrorist attact, I don't want them to be scared." I went downstairs and listened to the radio, hearing that the North Tower has collapsed. I remember a few mothers came and pulled their children out of school.
Mexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3001 posts, RR: 29 Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3674 times:
This is day is one of those days I remember exactly everything I did for the entire day.
It was my junior year in college. I had set my alarm to go off at 730AM as I needed to finish some homework in time for my 900 AM PR class. I remember opening my eyes and the bright sunshine coming in thru my bedroom window. I pressed the snooze alarm. It turned on 10 minutes later, this time I decided to turn on the tv, just to have some background noise. I think the first plane had just hit five minutes before i turned on the tv. And I saw that there was smoke coming out one of the WTC towers, I didnt think much about. I thought that probably CNN was doing a report on what happened in 1993. Five minutes later I got up and payed attention to what was going on, when I saw that a second plane hit I knew this was something big and started changing to every news channel. I remember i just sat at the edge of my bed just watching at what was going on. Around 40 minutes went by when I noticed I was going to be late for class.. So I took "in and out" type of shower and got dressed quickly. And as I was walking to class from my college apartment I remember saying to myself, I wonder if anyone in the other dorms know whats going. When I got to class I noticed that everyone was talking about what was going on and we were trying to get a signal on one of the television sets in the classroom, but it didnt work. When the PR professor got there, she told us class was canceled and to go home. I saw the moment the first tower collapsed when I was going by our school's newspaper office. Once I was back at my apartment I tried to call home (chicago) but all the phone lines were busy.
That day I just sat in front of the TV watching everything that was going on. I remember I went outside several times and looked up at the sky and not seeing any airplanes. I could not believe that this had happened that it brought our aviation industry to a stop. One of those days I will remember the rest of my life.
ZKEOJ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2005, 944 posts, RR: 6 Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3670 times:
I was at a teaching training course for new staff members at my university. We had morning tea in the training rooms, but one of the instructors went to the reception to get something and heard the news there. He came back and told us two planes hit the WTC and another the Pentagon. We thought this is so unreal and impossible that it was one of the training methods, like "how do you go on with your teaching in a difficult situation...". The instructor reassured us that it was for real, and we would extend the break so that we could go to our rooms and watch the news. We went on a bit later, but it was incredibly tough. Nobody was really concentrating, and we all spent the night glued to the TV. The second day was slightly better, although we all were tired and still shocked.
Certainly one of those days you never want to see happen again - too many innocent lives lost for absolutely no plausible reason!
Jeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 963 posts, RR: 2 Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3662 times:
I was sleeping in my little two-room apartment, when a friend of mine came banging on the door at 10 am Eastern time to tell me that two planes had crashed into and knocked over both towers of the WTC. Half asleep, I wondered what he was babbling on about, and then I turned my portable stereo to a news channel. When they said that the twin towers had fallen, I just about froze in place with my jaw dropping to the floor. I then remembered something very chilling: I have family in NYC. I ordered my friend to take me to a phone ASAP. He drove me to his apartment just up the road and turned on the TV while I tried relentlessly to get through to my folks in New York. It finally sank in when I saw the footage on the TV. The World Trade Center had indeed been struck by a pair of 762's and fallen. Many thousands feared dead. I almost broke down in tears. My hometown had been attacked. Two of New York's most famous landmarks, of which I had visited multiple times and have fond memories of, were gone.
I was not able to contact my family members until the next day. The news was a relief: everyone was at home in Queens during the attacks. I was fortunate and thanking The Almighty One that he didn't take my loved ones from me.
I, like many others I'm sure, still get choked up when I think of 9/11, or visit Ground Zero. And I hold back tears as I write this. I went to the top of the World Trade many times with my beloved Grandfather to enjoy the spectacular view (and I do mean SPECTACULAR). With the WTC gone and my Grandfather gone (he passed on November 11th, 2004) I will never be able to enjoy those visits again.
Alot of people lost much more than I did on that day. They lost loved ones. To all those people: I feel your pain, and send you my love and prayers.
Pilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3643 times:
I was still living in New Zealand and was in the middle of moving houses and i woke up with my parents telling me that the big towers in new york had been hit, I didnt really think much of it.
Then i went to school as normal and was all the talk and our teacher decided that we should watch the tv and follow what was happening then it collapsed we all just watched it in shock we were only 13 at the time but it was quite a chilling experience, and i remember an announcement comming over the prinipal telling us all that they had collapsed.
TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4268 posts, RR: 13 Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3625 times:
I live blocks away from the WTC site, but on that day, I was in the warm waters of Mediterranean, already afternoon, diving in a small bay with no one else but my parents and my wife. When I realized that my mom swimming all the way out, I was kinda happy because she never swims far. When she came near me her first words were: " I don't want you to be upset, but how close do you live to the WTC?"
It took me two weeks to get back, and when I opened our door, as if the time had stopped. Everything was just like how we left them, inside this bubble of ours, and nothing will be the same outside.
SK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 4 Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3622 times:
I was at gate F7 at AMS, boarding KL887 to HKG. I was at the gatereader checking boardingcards/tickets and pasports as a Flying Dutchman Royal Wing passenger (elite) told me (laughing!) that a plane flew into the WTC. I didnot believe it until I saw it myself at one of the airport TVs.
At that time most passengers didn't realise the impact of the attack, or better, at that time it was thought to be an accident iso a terrorist attack.
Flight KL887 left on-time (4.25pm), but soon after that all intercontinental flights to the USA/Canada and Middle East were grounded.
My shift normally was from 1.00pm to 9.00pm, but I left the building that day at 02.30am.....Everybody was asked (told) to stay longer in order to assist passengers from cancelled flights, which was difficult as the situation got worse.
PositiveClimb From Germany, joined Jun 2004, 213 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3612 times:
Well, I was preparing for an exam in materials science with a few colleagues from university in my apartment when I got a text message from a friend on my cellphone saying something about explosions in front of the WTC. None of us could imagine how severe the situation was, but nonetheless we turned on the TV. At this time there was news coverage on all channels. The first tower was already gone. What a horrible sight.
I than phoned my parents who were on vacation at this time, and my father told me they just got into the car, turned on the radio and thought it was some kind of 'War of the Worlds' radio play... Wish he would have been right!
One or two days later I was more than upset to hear in the news that investigations led to the assumption that some of the hijackers studied at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, which is where I study, and that they even lived in the same street like me (Marienstraße - Atta, Bahaji and the other terrorists in no. 54, me in no. 72). I never noticed them, neither in the street, nor at the university. But anyways... Not the best feeling at all
GSM763 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3607 times:
Mie isn't that intresting.
Logging onto the internet at school at about 1445 British time I saw some report about a plane hitting something and I remember not thiking much of it (Ie: it was a light aircraft crash it's a shame but life goes on). Just after I got home at about 1520 I turned on the TV and saw that the the following caption "One of the twin towers of the world trade center has collapsed".
RyGuy From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 180 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3583 times:
I myself was also in 7th grade at the time of 9/11.
I remember though i didnt go to school that day at the regular hours because i was at an appointment. I was watching Maury Povich on TV and then all the sudden it turned off due to a BREAKING NEWS, I personally was pissed cause they were about to reveal something special.... but then, all the sudden i see and Aircraft Crashed into World Trade Center. I was shocked... i thought ok this is just a fluke accident... didnt happen on purpose or nothing... next thing i see.. there is another plane in the screen now, and then BOOOM, the second 767 rammed its Target.
later when the first building collapsed i heard it on the news, also the hit on the pentagon, same situation!...
God Bless all those innocent lives that were lost on September 11, 2001!
Don81603 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 1185 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3579 times:
I had just delivered a load of breakfast cereal in The Bronx, and was resting watching TV at a NJ rest area when my satellite went nuts as my dispacther was trying to get ahold of me to see if I was alright, or if I was "trapped" in the masses escaping the city. After telling him I was fine, he told me to deadhead (drive empty with a 53 foot trailer) to Montreal. They wanted us all out of the country ASAP until they figured out what was going on. At the border, it took 3 hours exiting US customs, and 5 minutes with Canada Customs. Once in Montreal, they gave me a load to Illinois (go figure!) 3 days to clear a load of styrofoam bicycle helmets!
Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
NateDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 417 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3569 times:
I was in my sophmore year at Tulane in New Orleans.
The attacks happened just as my 8am Spanish class was getting started. No one came and told us what happened. I ate breakfast after class and was walking out to go to my next class when I noticed a group huddled around a TV. Then I knew. I skipped my 9:30 class and ran home. Just in time to see the 2nd tower collapse.
FutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2591 posts, RR: 8 Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3566 times:
We were on a Holland America cruise aboard the Ms. Maasdam, getting ready to go diving in Grand Cayman. We were in a small room aboard the ship waiting for our tender ferry to arrive and somebody said a plane hit the WTC but that was all they knew.
We did not give it much thought until we got to the dive shop, a while later and saw the second tower get hit. We proceeded with the dive and while we were underwater, diving one of the world's top dive spots, the towers fell. We returned and two men, both Marines sprinted off to try to catch a flight back home to report to their respective stations. We sat at the dive shop and watched the news for around an hour. Afterwards we went back to the city/town and shopped but that was the main topic of discussion. My uncle is an AA Captain and flys the B757/767 aircraft from his base in MIA to JFK/LGA/BOS all the time so we were very worried about him. We didnt find out until later that evening that he was okay, but he knew the Captain of the AA767 that hit the WTC, I guess they roomed together furing their Navy years and he saw him around the system sometimes.
We went back to the ship, and as we steamed out of Grand Cayman towards Cozumel, Mexico we watched President Bush's speech on TV. It was quite the somber mood.
The very next day, we snorkled in Cozumel. We returned to the ship where the Captain called everybody into the performance hall where he announced that a small air tour aircraft carrying 12 passengers and 1 of the Holland America crew had crashed while flying around the ruins of Chichen-Itza (sp) and all aboard were killed. So, in the span of two days we had 9-11, then lost 13 people aboard the ship.
It was very eery afterwards, because we were not allowed into Key West, FL so we circled off the coast of Florida.....in a hurricane, waiting to be allowed entry into the US. I was never so happy for a vacation to end. I wanted to be back home, not necessarily in my house but on U.S. soil. We flew DL, FLL-ATL-SAN the very first day the U.S. airspace was reopened. That too was odd....everybody was very different than when we transited ATL a week before, understandably so.
Planecrazy2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 615 posts, RR: 4 Reply 23, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3545 times:
I remember my mom came in my room at 7am PST, telling me to turn on the tv. One of my school friends had called our house early waking her up. I opened my shutters that face East and saw a bright sky as the sun was rising. I turned on the tv and was not sure exactly what was happening. I went to my living room and turned on Good Day LA the local FOX morning show. By this time the 1st tower had collapsed and I remember watching a reporter giving a live broadcast a few blocks away when the 2nd tower began to fall. One of the show hosts said she didn't think she could see the 2nd tower anymore, then it hit me. It was 728am.
As I realised it was an attack all of the sudden I felt scared for my own life. I figured if it could happen back on the East Coast it wasn't that crazy to think Los Angeles could be a target. I started hoping we were far enough away from downtown if anything was to happen. (I live near 15min south from Imperial HIll) I could not believe that something on this scale was happening in real life. I felt that all the laws and rules in the world were being thrown out the window and there was no order anymore. It is a feeling I have never felt since then. My school district had not closed, and I went to school reluctantly. The whole day all my classes watched the news, and no work was done. At the end of the day everyone got a letter to give to our parents saying that the district wanted to conduct school and not let the attacks stop our daily lives. Looking back, I don't think it was the right thing to do. In a way it seemed almost disrespectful to those who lost their lives not to stop the school for even that day.
By the end of the night I didn't want to sleep in my own room, so I decided to come sleep outside my parent's room with my dogs. I remember hearing some flights taking off from LAX late that night. I guess headed to NYC.
TACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3541 times:
We were in bed. My wife received a phone call from a friend telling that "something happened in NYC... turn on the TV". We spend practically the whole day watching the news and trying to contact some friends there. They were lucky.
25 AirlineAV8tr: I was actually working as a new-hire FO with the late Chicago Express on the SAAB 340b. It was my third revenue flight ever! We were flying IND-MDW, a
26 ABfemme: I had gone to bed after a night shift, the phone rang downstairs, it was a friend of mine telling me to put BBC news on...................funny but Mr
27 Nonfirm: I was sleeping at the time of the attack and I got a phone call and my girlfriend told me to watch the news.Then I went to work after they reopened th
28 DL4EVR: I was in 8th grade. ALl of a sudden parents were at the school taking their kids home. I was sitting there wondering...what the hell is going on here?
29 Jetflyer: I was at my clarinet lesson when the disaster happened, after school. I got home and tuned into the unfolding disaster on TV. I then had a terrible no
30 Mohamed1: I took a bath . Seriosly , i can remember it was a wednesday , shortly befor sunset here, i get out of the bath and see a plane crashing into a tower
31 Ncfc99: I was working in the canteen of a factory as a chef. Just before 14.00, the fire alarms went off and the building was evacuated. At around 15.00 I lef
32 Seanp11: 9-11-01 was a tuesday. It was the first full week of school of my freshman year of highschool. I was in my third class of the day, german, when the p
33 Mohamed1: Over here it was wednesday . Iam 110per cent sure . no doubt here
34 LPLAspotter: I was home (Azores) on vacation from a job in Thailand. Due to the time change it was around noon and I was chatting on the computer with a friend in
35 Kmh1956: I was working at the local SPCA at the time, trying desperately to forget (and keep quiet) that it was my 45th birthday. My mother called and asked me
36 2H4: 9-11 was my second day of work at Southwest Airlines Flight Ops. My task that morning was to find suitable flights on which to jumpseat. About 90 sec
37 DENplanenut: I was on my way to work that morning when I first heard of the report of a 'small plane crash at the WTC'. It was about 6:55am Denver time. As soon as
38 Mirrodie: I was seeing a patient at a VA hospital when a bunch of veterans claimed, upon the first hit, that it was a terrrorist attack. The rest of the facilit
39 NightHawk117: I had just enlisted in the Air Force in May of 2001. On 9/11, I was just about finished my technical training course at Keesler AFB, MS. I remember aw
40 NIKV69: I was working at a Country Club on the north shore. Being a Tuesday only the ladies were out playing. Right after the first plane hit an old member wh
41 Levent: I was working at my desk at KLM exel when I got a message from a Dutch aviation forum that a small plane had hit one of the WTC towers. When it became
42 Crjflyer35: I was in my 2nd Hour Journalism class as a senior in High School. A faculty member knocked on the door and told us to check out the news, as something
43 ReidYYZ: I was at work, after the initial shock (which never really left for quite some time) we scrambled to move the few Tristars that were parked on the Cen
44 Boeingfanyyz: Touching story Touching story Cheers, Boeingfanyyz
45 San747: I remember it well: I was in 8th grade at the time. I woke up about 6:30AM PST (9:30 EST), and got my usual cereal and milk, and sat down to listen to
46 Piercey: In class (5th grade) didn't find out until noon. Had family flying to PHX from EWR on CO. Heart skipped way to many beats until we found out his fligh
47 NoelG: In my second year at an Aviation Software company. Just returned from lunch at 2pm and was settling down to work. My colleague bounded in saying "Have
48 CityAirline: I was only like 11 years old, and I was sitting and eating dinner with my family at aproximately 5pm when I heard on the radio something about four ai
49 MtnWest1979: It happened about 8:42am-10:00am EDT, so you are implying there is at least a 14 hour time difference between EDT and Egypt? You taking a bath at 1 a
50 GDB: For me, a day that started out with anticipation, leading to huge enjoyment and pride. We knew nothing until returning to the hangar, to the TV set in
51 TUNisia: My mom called me while I was at school to tell me. When I saw it on the television if was so surreal, as if I was dreaming.