Dtw757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1595 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 16202 times:
Yah I heard it too. It sort of sounds like all the hijackers must have been in the cockpit. Two or three people stabbed in business class. The pursor, a F/A and a passenger I believe. Also mace or pepper gas sprayed in the front cabin.
It was disturbing hearing that poor F/A on the airphone talking and knowing what was about to happen to her and the rest of the people.
They actually played conversation between the F/A and AA emergency center. Then between the emergency center and the FAA.
We must never forget 9/11 and do everything we can to make sure it never happens again!
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The flight attendant's voice was calm and composed, but her telephoned words to the American Airlines operations center the morning of September 11, 2001, were chilling.
"The cockpit's not answering," flight attendant Betty Ong said. "Somebody's stabbed in business class, and, um, I think there's Mace that we can't breathe. I don't know; I think we are getting hijacked."
Ong, 45, was on board American Airlines Flight 11, the Boeing 767 en route from Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles, California, that was flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center.
While family members wept in the audience, four minutes of Ong's 23-minute phone call was played Tuesday during a hearing held by the Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, known as the 9/11 commission.
Nydia Gonzalez, who was on the receiving end of the call, also fought her emotions as she described the call, which came in at about 8:20 that Tuesday morning.
"Several media accounts of what occurred on Flight 11 claim that Betty was 'hysterical with fear,' 'shrieking' and 'gasping for air,' Gonzalez testified. "I am here to tell this commission that those accounts are wrong.
"Betty was calm, professional and in control throughout the call. I honestly believe, after my conversation with Betty, that the 81 passengers and nine crewmembers on Flight 11 had no idea of the fate they were to encounter that day."
After Ong's description of the scene on board, Gonzalez and a second call-taker asked Ong what seat she was in.
Ong identified herself and her seat number, and said, "OK, our number one got stabbed, our purser is stabbed. Nobody knows who stabbed who, and we can't even get up to business class right now because nobody can breathe."
Commission members said Tuesday that the phone call and other evidence indicated the hijackers used Mace or pepper spray to help seize the plane and isolate passengers from the cockpit. Mace was also found in hijacker Mohamed Atta's luggage, which was left at Logan Airport in Boston.
Ong said the flight attendant working in first class was also stabbed.
In response to questions about the cockpit, she said, "We can't even get into the cockpit, we don't know who is up there."
One of the voices in the control center replied, "Well if they were shrewd, they would keep the door closed."
NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 15779 times:
Hard to believe they did this with box cutters, I live in NY and that day was terrible, we lost 2 people at the Country Club I was working at, including a girl who was on the phone with her family while she was trapped above the fire. Some other Clubs lost 40 members that worked in the WTC. I believe every pilot should be armed. I believe the El Al pilots are and from what I hear they have never had a hijacking. These tapes do not need to be heard. These poor people died like dogs, why do you have to hear it happening?
Support Bush and support our troops! They have been giving their lives since March 2003 to make sure this doesn't happen again!!
Luv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 15691 times:
I was taken with the calmness of the FA and professional handling of the whole situation, had it been myself in the same situation I am not sure I would have handled it so well. If anyone ever says to me that FA's are nothing more than flying waitresses I am sure they will get a piece of my mind, well done AA for how well your FA's performed there duties, right up until the end. Even tho this is the only recording so far released I am sure the other 3 planes and there FA's provided the same level of service to there passengers and for the company they worked for.
Av8rDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 463 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 15695 times:
RIght on, Boeing nut.
I think the release of these tapes is a great way to remind everyone, as some people seem to have forgotton the events as if they were as unimportant as who won the All Star Game this past year. Here's a good link for an 'in-your-face' wake-up call:
This is NOT the link to the 911 call. I've looked for it, can't find it. Hope it pops up here soon.
Also, while on the subject of 9-11, does anyone remember the AA A300 crash after takeoff from JFK en route to Santo Domingo?? Interesting how nobody really talks about it since it happened shortly after 9-11 and 255 people were killed...
Maintain thine airspeed, lest the Earth rise up and smite thee.
Starrion From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1131 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 15630 times:
I live in a suburb of Boston.
Information that I have heard indicates that my health teacher in High school, the man who taught me CPR and first aid, was the first class passenger they killed first. They killed a very good man, to make a point. So that they could kill a whole lot more people.
The terrorists made a horrible mistake in getting us this angry.
NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 15443 times:
That crash was discussed under the JetBlue post today, it has not been forgotten, a member at the club I work at lives in Belle Harbor, fortunately he lives off of 132nd and was not hurt, I actually was able to see the smoke that morning though I was a few miles away. There is something about that trail of smoke that sets it apart from a structure fire. You seem to know right away that a plane has gone down, those people are not forgotten..
Longhaulheavy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 402 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 15258 times:
Here is the audio. The first one is an F/A (Betty Ong) to a woman in Reservations. (The latter was at the 9/11 hearing this week, and broke down in tears during the testimony). The second one is the woman in Reservations talking to someone at AA Emergency.
N312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 14804 times:
That is extremely chilling to hear.
Obviously the flight attendants were doing their jobs, evacuating First Class and keeping calm, even after 2 of their own had been stabbed. All we can do is be proud of how they did their jobs under these extreme circumstances.
Kalakaua From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 14642 times:
Chilling... My eyes are actually tearing up a little. I'm, too, very proud of Betty Ong. Even when she faced death, she was calm. Rest in peace, to the innocent crew and passengers. And I hope their families are finding peace within themselves.
Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion.
: This makes me so proud of the job our crews did remaining calm. It brings a tear to my eye, I wish it never happend, but I am PROUD TO BE PART OF THE
: jeezus, doing their job to the end. poor souls, may they rest in peace George
: Wow, I will never forget 9/11. My heart and my prayers all go out to the passengers and the families and friends of all the passengers/pilots/firefigh
: Wow, that was quite eerie. I don't think there is a day that goes by that I don't recall the events of that day. Thank you to all of 9-11's heroes- pi
: I dont think I'm over 9/11. I still have nightmares and stuff and even though I act the same, the thigns that og on inside my head are very different.
: Terrible. Does anybody know what the voices where at the end of Audio #2? It sounded foriegn to me. This is very distressing audio.
: I will never forget that day. The power had been off in the town where i worked. It came back on, the radio came alive,and the first thing i heard was
: NIKV69; what is the reason you see here to "support Bush"? Dubya had decided to go to Iraq long before 9/11 happened.
: More than 2 years ago, but still the sheer horror and all emotions I had the second I heard and saw about it become so vivid, when listening and seein
: Very very haunting....is all I can say
: I just hope anything like this will never happen again. All of those innocent people....it's hard to put my emotions into words. I ask myself on a dai
: Good for you DeltaMD11. I am sure our nation will be better off with you helping to defend us and the whole world. I pray for each and everyone of the
: God Bless those brave souls on all four Boeing's that horrible day. I really have a hard time listening to those tapes, or watching the video from tha
: One has to wonder, and I hope we NEVER find out, or hear, some of the more graphic audio from inside those buildings as the attacks occured. I'll bet
: Helps you remember? You do not need to hear anything, no answering machine messages, no voice mail. God, I know a man who spoke to his daughter who wa
: NIKV69 Kathleen Nicosia Betty Ong Sara Low Madeline Sweeney Dianne Snyder Jean Roger Karen Martin Jeffrey Collman Barbara Arestegui Tom McGuiness John
: Sorry to say they are not heroes, I know they are your co-workers, and did their jobs with pride and conducted themsleves like professionals while dea
: I didn't know what was going on during the time of September 11. I went on camp with school from September 11 - 14. I'm in Australia so the time diffe
: NIKV69 Yes, I see your point now! The audio tapes should have never been published... If anything only in word format! None the less, it is like the w
44 Boeing nut
: Maybe it needs to be torn open again. Some jackasses out there refer to 9/11 as a passing fad if you will. They need to watch this link posted by Av8r
: To me, the most important revelation from these tape excerpts, and one I don't recall ever being said before, was the statment of the use of mace or s
: I am a paramedic firefighter and I will never forget that day. I was off to a doctors appt that morning and when I went in to it, no problem. I came o
: I remember that cold and quiet morning when I awoke about an hour and a half late for school and I ran out thinking that I could still catch the bus w
: We had a bit of a scare here too UA777, your story reminded me of it. German students and their German exchange students from my school set out to NYC
: Truly very sad listening to the recordings, the memories of that day and the incredible sadness are brought back to life again. Here in the UK, we wep
: I´m surprised how calm the F/A was. That day I´ll never forget. My whole company stopped working, watching TV in the conference rooms or in private
: NYC never has, and never will forget all the events of 9/11. As I traveled shortly after 9/11 people would constantly ask and express sympathy when th
: Like most everyone else, I was at work, that morning, trading e-mail with a friend in the military. One of my co-workers stuck her head into my studi
: If you have ever wondered why the United States is in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and an assorted other places around the globe, it is because we in
: Sorry Commander_Rabb, But the U.S. government is not over there for that reason. Unfortunately terrorism will happen again, even if the U.S. governmen
: Shocking. I still remember, how could I forget, coming in from school to images of the WTC collapsing. I thought it was a film. To this day I can't wa