Omegous From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 293 posts, RR: 2 Posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2787 times:
I know this is not the best topic in the world, but I was talking to a Senior air traffic controller at LAS (actually a shift manager in the morning) and he said that the morning of Sept. 11 was pandamonium in the tower and radar rooms at LAS.
When they were told that all aircraft were to be grounded, they couldn't believe it.
Was anyone flying that morning as passengers or crew on any planes around the world? ANd to those who were, what was said by either pilots to passengers or from controllers to pilots about getting all aircraft down immediately and wherever they could?
Ual747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2715 times:
Here's an interesting story of that day:
In Flight from Amsterdam on September 11th
"It looks like a wartime evacuation."
by Doug Lindsey
Diverted Aircraft in Halifax*
We've had a lot of time to analyze our feelings in the wake of the attacks. After a couple of days post-cruise from R7, our Amsterdam to Philadelphia return flight was diverted to Halifax, Nova Scotia on 9-11. Our flight crew claimed we were diverting because of "weather," but wouldn't say ANYTHING else. We knew from "popping" ears that we'd been descending for at least 30 minutes before that and we knew the "weather" story was baloney and started to get scared. What could be so bad that they'd lie to try and hide it? A bomb or a hijacker on board? Literally minutes later we pop out of the clouds and land seconds after that.
As our jet taxies, we count almost FIFTY aircraft, including maybe fifteen Boeing 747s parked nose-to-nose on every available inch of concrete (Halifax is a VERY small airport.) Virtually every international carrier has a plane or two. Our Boeing 767 is one of the smaller aircraft. It looks like a wartime evacuation. I'm not sure how much of this registered on the other passengers, but it's obvious to Doug and Sherry that nothing over the North Atlantic is going into the USA. (We later learn that over 200 flights inbound to USA are diverted to Eastern Canada.) Sherry asks me what's going on. I tell her the only thing I can think of big enough to cause this is nuclear weapons; that we must have lost a city--or maybe several cities. The cabin crew is looking very grim and saying absolutely nothing. It's obvious they've been told to keep mum.
A guy next to us has what turns out later to be the only working cell phone on the plane (they shut off all the plane's airfones, probably as a security measure.) He calls home - it's about 1 pm Eastern Time - to tell them we're in Canada for some reason. They start telling him what the reason is (we can't hear it). He responds with disbelief. A flight attendant pesters him to shut off the phone, and eventually he complies. She whispers to him not to say anything. He nods his head, then puts his head down on the seat in front and starts to cry. Sherry and I start wondering if there will be an America to go home to.
...the city of Halifax scrambles to accommodate over 9,000 people in emergency shelters.
A few minutes later the pilot comes on, but his voice fails before he can tell us what's happened. The co-pilot picks up, and tells us about the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Sherry and I feel relief that "only" that much damage has been done.
We're told we'll be put up in Halifax till everything is sorted out. We sit on the plane for 10 hours (this is after a 7 hour flight) while the city of Halifax scrambles to accommodate over 9,000 people in emergency shelters. We borrow the cell phone for a minute to call home and say we're safe. Our access to news is extremely limited, and we hear all sorts of rumors, false alarms and distortions. It's clear that nobody at home, including our government, is really sure what's going on.
Eventually we get off the plane and are escorted to the terminal. It looks like every cop, fireman, EMT, soldier, sailor and reservist in Nova Scotia has been mobilized. There is an army of people maintaining very tight security and shepherding passengers.
I make several calls home. We have 2 frequent fliers in the family that might have flown out of Boston or NYC that day, but it turns out everyone is on the ground and safe. After maybe an hour at the terminal, we're bussed about 30 minutes to our shelter, the "Park Exhibition Centre." Inside is a TV room filled with [donated] large-screen monitors tuned to CNN. Several welcome desks filled with Red Cross volunteers register us, inquire if we need anything special including medications, show us where temporary phone banks have been set up, and guide us to our beds. There are huge tables set up with beverages and hot food. It's obvious that every fast food joint in Halifax has been cranking all day to support this.
Part of the Centre is a very large communal room where bedding for about 1,500 people has been set up. We find out later that volunteers have gone door-to-door in Halifax to get pillows, blankets and linens. At least one local mattress outlet has cleaned out its warehouse and delivered it here. The Salvation Army contributes what they have; at least 1,000 wool blankets. The hot food is welcome and the beds feel good.
We're grateful to be safe and amazed at the degree of mobilization and support that's materialized in a few hours on our behalf. Most of it is done by Halifax citizen-volunteers.
The next morning we wake up and go into the sports arena, which has been set up as a dining hall, with more big monitors tuned to CNN, FoxNews, etc. A hot breakfast is catered by the staff of Halifax's own World Trade Centre. There is unlimited hot & cold food & beverages during our stay. We spend most of the day reading newspapers and watching CNN, as the media assembles the story. We see the photos and footage of the destruction, the victims, the rescuers, and hear the stories of survivors and heroes alike. We listen to dozens of talking heads attempting to analyze and interpret.
By afternoon a trailer with field showers is setup. Internet access is available nearby. A "Stunt-Dog" show is performed in the parking lot. There's also a free shuttle van to the shopping centers so we can buy clothing and other "necessaries" (we never gain access to our luggage). Each night there's live music of all sorts. Just about everything imaginable shows up within a few hours of somebody thinking of it or requesting it.
There are maybe 10 planeloads of people at our facility (there are 17 other hosting facilities, most much smaller). Aircraft start leaving on the second day, but all of these are returning to Europe, or continuing to Canadian destinations.
Thousands of Halifax families offer to host travelers in their homes. We'll never know how many; the Red Cross stopped accepting offers after it reached 4,000 on the first day. So many Haligonians, as they call themselves, come into our shelter that they're almost a nuisance; to offer a place to stay, a restaurant meal, a private tour around town, anything they can think to help make our stay more pleasant. We witness hundreds of acts of individual kindness during our stay.
"The destruction may have taken place in NYC and Washington DC, but they attacked us too."
Lots of Canadians stop by to say hello; military, police, Mounties, catering staff. Many offer sympathy, but I think they mostly want to get a face-to-face "take" on how we Americans feel. Canadians with "Therapy Dogs" also stop by many times.
The pilot of our plane stops by each day to say hello and see how everyone's doing. He's a bright, decent, caring fellow.
We hear the same things many times on Canadian TV, in the Canadian newspaper letters and editorials, and from dozens of individual Canadians. The message is worded many different ways, but it comes down to this: "The destruction may have taken place in NYC and Washington DC, but they attacked us too. You suffered the blow for us, but this is our fight. We'll help anyway we can. We'll fight back too."
Sherry and I wish that Halifax was part of the USA. The people, the sympathies, the attitudes are so typical of what we consider to be "American." Any country should be proud to have such a city.
On the first day, we take advantage of the shopping shuttle. On the second day, we use the field showers and take a 2-hour bus tour of Halifax. The sights are pleasant but not particularly remarkable. But everywhere we turn we meet open, generous, giving people. We realize that we too, can at least make a gesture.
On the second and third days, we set up a table in the dining area, with a sign that says "'THANK YOU HALIFAX' - Sign Up Here" and start off with our own thank you note. At least two planeloads of people are gone by the time we start, but in a day and a half, at least 500 people stop by. Their contributions range from a name and address, to full page 'Thank You' notes. We read through them. Most are quite touching. Some of our Canadian hosts cry when they read them.
Farewell YHZ from
Our plane is called on the morning of the third day, and we leave a copy, at least 75 pages, with the volunteer staff.
We get to the terminal, and a few minutes later the flight crew shows up. Everyone starts clapping; they're not merely our ticket home, in three days they've become our friends. With many delays for heightened security, we reach Albany, NY late that night. It's never felt so good to be home.
We all take things for granted until they're gone, then you realize how important and irreplaceable some things are. For maybe an hour on that first day, I had only my imagination to guide me as to what terrible things must have just happened to America. Then, I had three days with little to do but read newspapers, watch CNN, and contemplate how much "America" means to me.
I love my home, my family, and my country. But "America" is more than 270,000,000 very diverse people, or 3 million square miles of real estate, or the largest economy and most powerful military the world has ever known.
"America" is a set of principles and ideals that have been built into the very core of our culture, our laws, lifestyles and thought patterns. "We hold these truths to be self-evident." All men [and women] are created equal. Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. One Nation, Indivisible. Liberty and Justice for All. Government of [all] the people, by [all] the people, for [all] the people. "Unalienable" rights. Personal freedom. Human dignity. The Rights of Man. We The People.
There were dozens of nationalities present in The Park Exhibition Centre, and we have the signatures to prove it. USA, U.K., Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Australia, India, Pakistan, and on and on. About half of us call ourselves "Americans", but it becomes clear to me that EVERYBODY here, regardless of their stated nationality, religion or ethnicity, cherishes these same values. Several of them are quite free in their political opinions and criticism of the U.S. government, but everyone I talk to understands and supports the USA during this dark hour. For these three days at least, huddled together in a crisis, we are ALL "Americans."
I realize how important these values are to me, and how little allowance there can be in America for intolerance, hatred, racism, sexism, or bigotry. America has such powerful ideals, and we all have to work harder at living up to them. We must redouble our efforts to be a beacon of light and hope for the rest of the world.
I also want to say 'thank you' to US Airways for professionalism and caring. Over the years, you have become a world-class carrier, but your crew on Flight #43 went far beyond that. You may be having financial difficulties now, but whatever we can do to help you survive, we will. When we have the choice, we will gladly choose US Airways in the future.
We had never realized what good friends we have in Canada. We remain deeply grateful to the people of Halifax. You should be proud of what you did. The generosity you showed was incredible, and we will welcome any and all of you to Albany. We look forward to a return visit to your wonderful city in happier times.
And for America, the charitable contributions we have already made are just the beginning. Younger, fitter men than I will be carrying the weapons in this battle, but I will be behind them. Whatever support I can give, I will give. Whatever I can do, I will do. Whatever you need, I will do my personal best to help see that you have it. I will invest every nickel I can scrape up in our stock market, as proof of my belief in our economic system. I know I won't be disappointed, once fear recedes and rationality returns to our financial markets. And I will use those financial rewards to be more vigorous in defending and enjoying and using my freedoms, and in protecting the freedoms of others.
Finally, to Mr. Bin Laden: Truth has never hurt a cause that was just. You have succeeded in showing the world everything that is evil and sick and perverted about your way of life. In contrast, the world has seen little that was not noble, courageous, good and heroic in our response to disaster.
You have helped all of us in the civilized world (to which you so clearly do not belong) to understand what is so special about our values and our way of life.
I am not angry with you, any more than I would be angry with a cockroach. Nor do I seek vengeance against you. Vengeance is an unworthy motive that is beneath us as Americans. But just as cockroaches are vermin that require extermination, you and your kind are particularly dangerous vermin that MUST be exterminated. My personal determination will not waver; I will do everything in my personal power to help see the end of you and what you stand for.
But before you and your hatreds are buried in "history's unmarked grave of discarded lies," I hope you learn just how foolish you have been. Your attack has only succeeded in making our nation stronger. You can kill people and destroy airliners and buildings. But you cannot kill an idea whose time has come. Truth, justice, liberty, dignity, and equality are alive and well in America. And we will use them to root out and destroy all the twisted ideas that you stand for.
Ual747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2676 times:
Another great story of pulling together for our fellow world citizens......
If you wondered about all those flights that were in the middle of the great blue Atlantic Ocean on the morning of September 11th, here is an up-close-and-personal story written by a Delta Airlines flight attendant en route from Frankfurt to Atlanta. This was the first accounting that I had read of one of the diverted flights to Canada. I found it both compelling and inspiring. And the question the writer poses at the end is a good one: "Why not?"
We were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt flying over the North Atlantic and I was in my crew rest seat taking my scheduled rest break. All of a sudden the curtains parted violently and I was told to go to the cockpit, right now, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had one of those "All Business" looks on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. I quickly read the message and realized the importance of it. The message was from Atlanta, addressed to our flight, and simply said, "Emergency situation developing, all airways over the Continental US are closed. Land ASAP at the nearest airport, advise your destination and ETA."
Now, when a dispatcher tells you to land immediately without suggesting which airport, one can assume that the dispatcher has reluctantly given up control of the flight to the captain. We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly. It was quickly decided that the nearest airport was 400 miles away, behind our right shoulder, in Gander, on the island of New Foundland. A quick request was made to the Canadian traffic controller and a right turn, directly to Gander, was approved immediately. We found out later why there was no hesitation by the Canadian controller approving our request. We, the in-flight crew, were told to get the airplane ready for an immediate landing. While this was going on another message arrived from Atlanta telling us about some terrorist activity in the New York area.
We briefed the in-flight crew about going to Gander and we went about our business 'closing down' the airplane for a landing. A few minutes later I went back to the cockpit to find out that some airplanes had been hijacked and were being flown into buildings all over the US. We decided to make an announcement and LIE to the passengers for the time being. We told them that an instrument problem had arisen on the airplane and that we needed to land at Gander to have it checked. We promised to give more information after landing in Gander. There were many unhappy passengers but that is par for the course.
We landed in Gander about 40 minutes after the start of this episode. There were already about 20 other airplanes on the ground from all over the world. After we parked on the ramp the captain made the following announcement. "Ladies and gentlemen, you must be wondering if all these airplanes around us have the same instrument problem as we have. But the reality is that we are here for a good reason." Then he went on to explain the little bit we knew about the situation in the US. There were loud gasps and stares of disbelief. Local time at Gander was 12:30 p.m. (11:00 a.m. EST) Gander control told us to stay put. No one was allowed to get off the aircraft. No one on the ground was allowed to come near the aircrafts. Only a car from the airport police would come around once in a while, look us over and go on to the next airplane. In the next hour or so all the airways over the North Atlantic were vacated and Gander alone ended up with 53 airplanes from all over the world, out of which 27 were flying US flags. We were told that each and every plane was to be off loaded, one at a time, with the foreign carriers given the priority. We were No.14 in the US category. We were further told that we would be given a tentative time to deplane at 6 p.m. Meanwhile bits of news started to come in over the aircraft radio and for the first time we learned that airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and into the Pentagon in DC. People were trying to use their cell phones but were unable to connect due to a different cell system in Canada. Some did get through but were only able to get to the Canadian operator who would tell them that the lines to the US were either blocked or jammed and to try again. Some time late in the evening the news filtered to us that the World Trade Center buildings had collapsed and that a fourth hijacking had resulted in a crash. Now the passengers were totally bewildered and emotionally exhausted but stayed calm as we kept reminding them to look around to see that we were not the only ones in this predicament.
There were 52 other planes with people on them in the same situation. We also told them that the Canadian Government was in charge and we were at their mercy. True to their word, at 6 p.m., Gander airport told us that our turn to deplane would come at 11 a.m., the next morning. That took the last wind out of the passengers and they simply resigned and accepted this news without much noise and really started to get into a mode of spending the night on the airplane.
Gander had promised us any and all medical attention if needed; medicine, water, and lavatory servicing. And they were true to their word. Fortunately we had no medical situation during the night. We did have a young lady who was 33 weeks into her pregnancy. We took REALLY good care of her. The night passed without any further complications on our airplane despite the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements. About 10:30 on the morning of the 12th we were told to get ready to leave the aircraft.
A convoy of school buses showed up at the side of the airplane, the stairway was hooked up and the passengers were taken to the terminal for "processing". We, the crew, were taken to the same terminal but were told to go to a different section, where we were processed through Immigration and customs and then had to register with the Red Cross. After that we were isolated from our passengers and were taken in a caravan of vans to a very small hotel in the town of Gander. We had no idea where our passengers were going.
The town of Gander has a population of 10,400 people. Red Cross told us that they were going to process about 10,500 passengers from all the airplanes that were forced into Gander. We were told to just relax at the hotel and wait for a call to go back to the airport, but not to expect that call for a while. We found out the total scope of the terror back home only after getting to our hotel and turning on the TV, 24 hours after it all started. Meanwhile we enjoyed ourselves going around town discovering things and enjoying the hospitality. The people were so friendly and they just knew that we were the "Plane People". We all had a great time until we got that call, 2 days later, on the 14th at 7 a.m. We made it to the airport by 8:30 a.m. and left for Atlanta at 12:30 p.m. arriving in Atlanta at about 4:30 p.m.. (Gander is 1 hour and 30 minutes ahead of EST, yes!, 1 hour and 30 minutes.)
But that's not what I wanted to tell you. What passengers told us was so uplifting and incredible and the timing couldn't have been better. We found out that Gander and the surrounding small communities, within a 75 Kilometer radius, had closed all the high schools, meeting halls, lodges, and any other large gathering places. They converted all these facilities to a mass lodging area. Some had cots set up, some had mats with sleeping bags and pillows set up. ALL the high school students HAD to volunteer taking care of the "GUESTS".
Our 218 passengers ended up in a town called Lewisporte, about 45 Kilometers from Gander. There they were put in a high school. If any women wanted to be in a women-only facility, that was arranged. Families were kept together. All the elderly passengers were given no choice and were taken to private homes. Remember that young pregnant lady, she was put up in a private home right across the street from a 24 hour Urgent Care type facility. There were DDS on call and they had both male and female nurses available and stayed with the crowd for the duration. Phone calls and emails to US and Europe were available for everyone once a day. During the days the passengers were given a choice of "Excursion" trips. Some people went on boat cruises of the lakes and harbors. Some went to see the local forests. Local bakeries stayed open to make fresh bread for the guests. Food was prepared by all the residents and brought to the school for those who elected to stay put. Others were driven to the eatery of their choice and fed. They were given tokens to go to the local Laundromat to wash their clothes, since their luggage was still on the aircraft. In other words every single need was met for those unfortunate travelers. Passengers were crying while telling us these stories. After all that, they were delivered to the airport right on time and without a single one missing or late. All because the local Red Cross had all the information about the goings on back at Gander and knew which group needed to leave for the airport at what time. Absolutely incredible.
When passengers came on board, it was like they had been on a cruise. Everybody knew everybody else by their name. They were swapping stories of their stay, impressing each other with who had the better time. It was mind-boggling. Our flight back to Atlanta looked like a party flight. We simply stayed out of their way. The passengers had totally bonded and they were calling each other by their first names, exchanging phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses.
And then a strange thing happened. One of our business class passengers approached me and asked if he could speak over the PA to his fellow passengers. We never, never, allow that. But something told me to get out of his way. I said "of course". The gentleman picked up the PA and reminded everyone about what they had just gone through in the last few days. He reminded them of the hospitality they had received at the hands of total strangers. He further stated that he would like to do something in return for the good folks of the town of Lewisporte. He said he was going to set up a Trust Fund under the name of DELTA 15 (our flight number). The purpose of the trust fund is to provide a scholarship for high school student(s) of Lewisporte to help them go to college. He asked for donations of any amount from his fellow travelers.
When the paper with donations got back to us with the amounts, names, phone numbers and addresses, it totaled to $14.5K or about $20K Canadian. The gentleman who started all this turned out to be an MD from Virginia. He promised to match the donations and to start the administrative work on the scholarship. He also said that he would forward this proposal to Delta Corporate and ask them to donate as well.
Why, all of this? Just because some people in far away places were kind to some strangers, who happened to literally drop in among them? WHY NOT?
LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2645 times:
At 8:45 EST I was doing my routine cabin checks in preparation for landing at MLA. We had no knowledge whatsoever of the events taking place 8000 miles away. I was told by the ramp rat the moment I opened the door.
Brian_ga From United States of America, joined May 2001, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2633 times:
Ual747.... the stories you posted were excellent to read. It is amazing to read those stories and remember where I was and what I was doing that morning. It will never be forgotten and I have printed both posts and will remember them also...thanks
Keep looking up, that's the secret to life....Snoopy
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13423 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2494 times:
I was on the first Concorde Operational Assessment Flight, with other BA staff involved with the aircraft. We were effectively testing out the new seats, catering service and getting the usual pax. handling stuff back up to speed.
It was also a thankyou for all the work getting the aircraft back in the air.
I posted a trip report about it.
The intention was always to fully simulate a full LHR-JFK flight, but turning back halfway.
Just as well, or we'd have been stuck in Canada for several days.
Although reading again the excellent posts from Ual747 shows it wouldn't have been so bad.
We first heard about the events in the US as we walked up the jetway after landing.
Some of us went back to the hangar at LHR and switched on the TV in the crewroom, and watched for a couple of hours in horrified disbelief.
Likesplanes From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2470 times:
It was the same story in Moncton NB, with regards to diverted inbound overseas flights. I flew in to Moncton on September 10th from Grande Prairie AB, in order to visit my family back home. I awoke the next morning to the shocking images on the TV. At first reports, as many as 20 diverted aircraft were expected in Moncton, however 10 was the number that landed.
Moncton only has an 8000 foot runway, and all of the diverted flights were 767's, except for one Air Canada A330-300. The larger planes went to Halifax NS, and Gander and St. Johh's NFLD.
The number of passengers was around 2000 as I recall, not as many as was handled by other communities, but the stories of how well the local volunteers came together, and how well the stranded passengers were looked after were the same.
The local city paper was flooded with thank-you notes and messages after the visitors left. It doesn't suprise me at all. Looking after other people is a way of life in the maritimes, where people have grown up with this ingrained in the culture.
It might have been nice too, for President Bush to mention in his speech to the US people what his neighbors to the north did for his fellow Americans in this regard, instead of ignoring it.
Demoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2424 times:
My friend was flying from London to Los Angeles that day, and was turned back half way across the Atlantic and landed in Cardiff. He since resheduled his trip, and made the journey to LA earlier this month.
Planelover From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2393 times:
My dad was on his way from Nairobi to Raleigh/Durham on NW/KLM and Afican Ailines (I think). He had one of his lay-overs in Amsterdam. He was there for 3 days when they heard of the news. He was put up in a Red Cross Crisis Center warehouse with thousands others. There was another NW flight that left 3 times. It got about an hour into each flight and was told to return to Amsterdam. What a ride that must of been!
Anways, he got back.
Av8trxx From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 657 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2346 times:
Landed on 22L at BOS Logan from YUL at 8:43 am. Inside the crew room everyone was starting silent at the TV in disbelief. The airport was shut down immediately, all the TVs were turned off in the terminal. The aircraft were seaked with police tape. If your bags were still inside, too bad. It was a crime scene. Got stuck there for 6 days till I was sent home.
There were two pax waiting to fly into JFK that were on the shuttle van who had missed the flight their night before. When it happened, this man was on his cell, talking to work in the World Trade Towers telling them he was on his way. Then the plane hit and his office went insane! Can you believe that? He was listening to his co-worker describe it all live and relayed it all to the other pax & crew who were still in bewilderment about why everything was on a gate hold at 9am....
Baec777 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1231 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2339 times:
I wasn't in the air or at an airport for a September 11 flight. When WTC was targeted by the terrorists, I was in JORDAN, my wedding day was September 11, I was at a floral shop while they decorate the Minivan for the evening wedding of September 11, it was about between 16:00PM & 17:50PM JORDAN TIME. Couple of men employed at the floral shop were happy as I was unhappy of the September 11 events. I wasn't very happy at all. Tears coming down my eyes as I watched CNN Breaking News at the floral shop. The whole city took half of the evening off due to the event. My wife before the wedding saw my eyes tearing down as we heading to the Hotel for the wedding to begin. But she felt very sorry. We both Middle Eastern, and I am American Born, she is Jordanian born. My wedding was @ 21:00PM that evening (14:00PM EDT). And now Im still unhappy that the terrorist group leader isnt found yet and to be in the HANDS OF THE UNITED STATES JUSTICE. I cant wait for him to be Convicted For Life Or Death Penalty.
I will not forget anyones who died and lost their lives in the Sept 11 events. Not A Single One !!
Dl727-200adv From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2340 times:
I was in the air aboard DL flight 571 a 767-300 flying from CVG to SLC when the terrorist attacks occured. We departed CVG around 8:40am & it was a beautiful morning to fly. The flight was smooth & I was occupying my time enjoying the view out window when around 10:00 I noticed we were suddenly slowing down and the captain extended the speed prakes & entered a decending right hand turn. I immediately knew something was up. A few minutes later the captain came on the PA with the message; "First thing I want to let you know that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the aircraft. (everyone in the cabin immediately looked at each other with exchanging worried looks) However, we are diverting to Kansas City International. ATC has requested that all aircraft land immediatley at the nearest and I quote " airline like airport". This is effective for all aircraft flying in north america. We do not have any details on what the problem is but we're guessing it has something to do with an accident in New York City. We will give you more information as we get it. Please refrain from using cellular phones untill we get on the ground and park at the gate." My seatmate & I turned to each other & asked each other "what the heck?" He said "it must be terrorist related if ALL flights are being forced to land. Everyone was worried what was happening. I kept looking for other aircraft & as we got closer to the airport I saw aircraft converging from all over many SWA 737's & many America West A320's. I was worried that people on the ground might be shooting planes down & for about the first time ever I was actually glad when we touched down. The FA's repeated the request to stay off cell phones untill we parked at the gate. As we pulled in to the gate someone from First class shouted to a family member of theirs back in coach something like "holy s*** two planes have been flown into the WTC & both towers are down & another plane hit the Pentagon & a 4th plane crashed in PA." Everyone was then on cell phones confirming the story & had looks of horror on their faces. The DL Station Manager got on the PA & said that they were very sorry for the circumstances under which they were welcoming us to KCI & that we could claim our baggage & that no other flights would be flying that day. I didn't quite believe the "story" untill I found a TV in a bar at the airport with CNN on showing the UA767 flying into Tower2. I will never forget that day as long as I live. I hope and pray such a horror never happens again. I ended up staying in Kansas City for two days before giving up on flying on to my destination Calgary Canada. I rented a car & drove to Memphis, TN & stayed with family frends for a couple days before flying home on DL from Memphis. My flight from MEM to CVG was a 727 & had 5 passengers aboard including myself & 3 DL managers (at least we got to sit in first class since there were not scheduled first class passengers) my flight from CVG to my home airport CHO aboard a Comair CRJ had just two passengers myself and one other gentleman. It felt good to fly again though it clearly showed what a tough time the airlines now face.