Cre From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 187 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2911 times:
As most people distinctly remember where they were when hearing news of a tragic event, such as the Challenger, and most recently, Sept. 11, I seem to remember where I was when hearing of planes going down.
For example: A Friday afternoon about 4 p.m., just walking home from high school, turning on TV and seeing all the local stations breaking in with "breaking news" of the Midwest Express crash in early September (Sept. 5 I believe) of 1985. It just took off from MKE bound for ATL, think it was Fl. 105, when engine failure brought it down just south of College Avenue here in MKE.
For whatever reason, I also remember the Air Florida crash from National in the early 80s. I also just walked home from school (stayed later due to Boy Scouts meeting) and seeing the breaking news on TV about 4 p.m. I remember it was very cold that day here in MKE, and recall watching the helicopter on TV attempt to lift survivors out of the river in DC.
Anyone share my apparent skill of remembering these and other tragic events?
Gerardo From Spain, joined May 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 33 Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2664 times:
I remember some crashes. Just 2 of them:
It was a beautiful morning. We were spending our holidays in Arrecife (Lanzarote, Canary Island). I turned on the TV to see the morning news. There were showing debris, parts of fuselages in the sea. And then they showed the customer care phone number of Swissair. It was a few hours after the SR111 crash. It was like a punch in my stomache.
I decided to leave the office on a beautiful afternoon a bit earlier to go to ZRH for a bit of spotting. On a news website, I saw a report, that 2 aircraft hit the WTC. I saw a picture with a little bit of smoke and thought "Must have been a Cessna, or something like that". I went to ZRH. After some 15 or 30 minutes, my wife called me on my mobile and said, I should leave and look for a TV set as soon as possible. On my way home I listened to the radio station. I was terrified by the almost live coverage. 4 aircrat went down already, and they mentioned a fifth.
There were a few more, but these two will always be somewhere in my memory.
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Spotter From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 86 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2642 times:
I remember Sept.11, I was on my way to aircraft college in Toronto, Ontario when I heard that a plane had crashed into the world trade center, but only thought of a small aircraft hitting it, later that morning we were all sent home, I went to Pearson Airport to watch the many diverted airlines land, was truly a sad day!!
KAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1958 posts, RR: 34 Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2642 times:
I remeber my alarm going off, the radio on it was set to a local news station. I heard "reporting a boeing triple seven has been flown into the world trade center". I didn't pay to much attention, then I went to my chemistry class and my proffessor was still there even though he was supposed to have flown to minneapolis earlier in the morning. He mentioned something about "I'm still here because all hell has broken loose on the east coast." He then gave his lecture as normal. I went back to my dorm and hundreds of students were gathered around every television in the lobby. This was the first time I saw the horrible images of the falling towers, and the palestinian children celebrating in the streets.
Serge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2637 times:
On the morning of September the 11th, I was just ready to get ready to go to school when my mother, who has the Today Show on very early to until we leave, told me to come over and watch. What we saw was smoke pouring out of the first tower that was hit, it took a few minutes to comprehend what had happened, as I thought it would be eventually put out and I remembered the Empire State Building getting hit and not falling. Than, out of no where, another plane hit the second tower, they replayed it a few times and thats when I knew things were getting sour, very very sour. My mom and I were both saying "sh*t, oh sh*t, holy sh*t" and she told me we better go to the car and head off to school so I wouldn't be late. On the way, we scanned all radio stations, not a thing was being reported! We were stunned...
I could go on, but would rather not unless requested by someone, my memory is still very fresh about the happenings of 9-11-01, and I feel chills right now, as I am typing this.
When TWA 800 crashed I was in the basement of my aunt's house in Storrs, CT, watching the TV, but I did not fully comprehend what had happened since I was only about 8 years old.
When the AA A300 crashed in NY, I was awakened by my father. We were in Billings, MT that day. I was stunned....
Danialanwar From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 421 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2620 times:
I remember 4 of them:
SR111 - was bored at work (in Asia) and surfed the net. Think it was around noon there. When I got home, I called my parents in Switzerland and they were still unaware of it.
Concorde and SQ Taipei Was working in Bangkok them, and in both cases I just arrived from Singapore (on SQ), went to my hotel room and switched on CNN just in time to grab the headlines. In the SQ case I came from a funeral of a close relative (who passed away unexpectedly), and had a bit more distant relative on the SQ flight to LAX. God willing he survived unhurt
WTC It was evening in Asia and I was going to bed ... saw the early headline and thought it was an accident ... someone said a Cessna or so. So i went to bed, only realised the real story when I went toilet in the middle of the night, couldnt sleep and watched TV
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Cre From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 187 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2614 times:
I was actually feeding my daughter breakfast in her height chair watching Seasame Street when my wife shouted from the bathroom as she was getting ready to go to work, to turn on the TV ( she was listening to the radio and it reported the first hit). After they left to go to work and grandmas house, the second plane hit.
At the time I was working as a reporter for a weekly newspaper, but am also a reservist in the Air Force working in public affairs. I called the PA office and the phone just rang busy. So I put on my uniform and decided I was probably more needed at the base. I was then driving along 6th Street in Milwaukee, immediately to the west of 7R at MKE when the second building fell. I remember thinking at that time this instant is something I will always remember where I was. Needless to say we were quite busy with media queries at the base that day.
Ryanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16 Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2606 times:
Concorde - I was at the Shangri La Rasa Sayang resort in Penang, Malaysia, packing things for our flight back to BKK the following morning. I remember thinking that there was no way that Concorde could have crashed.
WTC - I was at work and heard a story about a plane hitting the WTC. I assumed it was a cessna or something and tried to log onto BBC, Ananova, reuters, CNN etc with no luck (the number of hits on the sites I suppose). In the end I was able to provide the office with the lates news by using airliners.net. For me it was by far the best source of info. I remember the general feeling that the whole situation was some kind of dream, it couldn't be true. The wierd thing was at the time I was totally numb, it was kind of hard to feel anything. It was only later that night when I saw the towers fall on TV and the horror of it all that I had to excuse myself from the room and just went for a long walk and cried. What a horrible, horrible day.....
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
Ual777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2597 times:
i remember united flt 584 i think it was, the 737 that crashed on finals into colorado springs.i was a junior in high school.
i also remember the concorde crashing, i just flew into madison to go to osh kosh for the eaa airshow.i was being interduced to a guy and on tv was the news.they showed pictures and said that the concorde was grounded and not coming to osh kosh.i was sad, for the people and i wanted to see the plane.
Fly_emirates From United Arab Emirates, joined Oct 2000, 1046 posts, RR: 9 Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2598 times:
when GF072 crashed in the year 2000, our plane was scheduled to land 10 minuites after GF072 in bahrain outbound Dubai, but when we landed, the airport was in a hassel, so when i inquired, they told us that a gulfair plane that was supposed to land before our plane have crashed!!!
on september 11th, i was in the United states at Goergetown Hospital having surgery!
Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1065 posts, RR: 4 Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2589 times:
Unfortunatly I can remember way too many and where I was.
Pan Am in Kenner,La-I was on my first official trip with Pan Am after being taken over from National. I was in Caracus,Venezuela on the way to Rio and found out. All the crew on board were good friends, one of the F/A's being a commuter roommate in Miami.
Lockerbie-at home with Pnuemonia(sp.)-watching "General Hospital" when a news interruption was made saying that they(103) had disappeared from radar over Scotland. I called my husband(who worked at JFK at the time) to ask him. He had heard nothing at all yet. He was at the check-in counter and when I told him that the 103 was down all he could say was,"oh s**t". Lost a lot of friends on that one too.
Delta in Dallas(sorry I can't remember the year)-an L-1011 hit fuel tanks that are at the end of the runway, on a trip in Frankfurt. My best friends' husband was the co-pilot on that and was killed.
SR111-A good friend that I had flown with many times to Munich and Frankfurt was flying as the Delta rep that night. She is sorely missed.
TWA800-my family was on vacation on Maui. When we heard it on the 5:00 PM news out there, we had to call New York immediately. Not only was a close friend a TWA Captain, but also his son was a co-pilot and his daughter-in-law an in-flight purser for them. Luckily this time we didn't have to suffer through more friends leaving us.
Blink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5455 posts, RR: 18 Reply 14, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2578 times:
For the WTC- I was at school and a younger kid told me and some of my friends, we did not believe him until our teacher told us.
Concorde- With my mom and brother picking up my cousin from the airport around noon.
TWA800- I was flying home from sleepaway camp and a kid on the other side of the aisle told me that a TWA plane had crashed and I thought "Oh, it's an MD-80 that made an emergency landing, all survived." He handed me the paper and I knew by looking at the photo that that this was no small plane. I read the article and was in shock(all of this being on a plane too).
Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
Reggaebird From Jamaica, joined Nov 1999, 1174 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2563 times:
March 27th, 1977 - I was watching a cricket match on television with my father and sister at home in St. Catherine, Jamaica, West Indies when a news announcement came on. Two jumbo jets had collided in a horrific accident in The Canary Islands.
Later details revealed the true horror. A KLM 747, without appropriate clearance, began its takeoff roll on a foggy runway while a Pan Am 747 was taxiing towards it on the same runway. By the time the KLM pilot saw the Pan Am jet, he tried to lift his aircraft but it was too late. His undercarriage tore off the top of the Pan Am jet and then crashed in a ball off fire. The Pan Am jet then exploded in flames.
The final toll: 583 of the 644 passengers and crew on the planes were killed. The 61 survivors were all from the First Class upper and lower decks on the Pan Am aircraft. The flight crew also survived.
This was the DARKEST non-terrorism related day in aviation history.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6097 posts, RR: 11 Reply 17, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2556 times:
-When AA's flight #587 crashed I was arriving to class when I see my teacher all worried and calling everyone on her cell phone, and a friend of mine comes running towards me saying an AA A300 had crashed in New York. I said Oh God Sept. 11 all over again.
-I Found out about Sept. 11 by turning on the TV to CNN and seeing all the fire on the World Trade Center.
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 21 Reply 19, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2549 times:
I remember september 11 very well. I was listening to music on the radio, all of a sudden the music was interrupted and they mentioned a plane had hit the WTC. I decided to go and check it on the TV when my mum shouted "A United airlines plane has smashed into the world trade centre"
Pure shock is the way to describe the moment. I will never forget that day.
Mika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2791 posts, RR: 4 Reply 20, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2525 times:
Sept 11th i was randomly zapping through the channels and when i came to Euro news they showed live footage of a fire in one of the WTC towers. Everything was specualtion at that point and as the reporter was talking i saw the unbelivable sight of the second plane hitting the other tower. The reporter was as shocked as everyone else obviously and didn't really know what to say. At first i actually thought that it somehow might have been another accident but then the truth unfolded. I then biked as fast as i could to a friend of mine to watch the events at his home. I was glued to the TV the whole day and night after. Still today it's hard to comprehend what happened that day. It's so enormous, it still feels unreal when you think about that day.
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 47 Reply 21, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2526 times:
I was watching the 1996 Centennial Olympics in Atlanta when they broke in with the TWA 800 crash. As I watched pictures of the floating, flaming debris, I thought "I know someone who was on that plane." Two months later I found out that a high school classmate of mine was on that plane with her sister. Patricia Kwiat's body was one of the first bodies recovered. It took much longer before Kimberly Kwiat's body was recovered. Patty was a very nice, sweet person with a wonderful smile. We were not close friends by any means, but we were in band together and also participated in several other common activities.
M.Seles_Fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 22, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2516 times:
I remember where I was when I heard about TWA 800. I was in my bedroom listening to the radio. Q-104 to be exact. I think I was surfing the stations when I went back to Q-104 and heard the DJ say a 747 with some 200 passengers onboard had crashed. I went down stairs and told my sister to turn on CNN and there it was, the ocean was on fire. I remember watching the news channels the entire day after the crash in my basement. I can't believe its going to be 6 years since the disaster.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3211 posts, RR: 4 Reply 23, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2493 times:
3 crashes that stand out in my memory:
When Concorde crashed in 2000 I was at work in the hospital in Trinidad. I heard something about a plane crash on the radio on lunchtime news but did not catch the full story. It was only when the headlines were recapped at the end that I clearly heard that it was Concorde that had crashed. I was instantly stunned and, ironically, a nurse there showed me some pictures of Concorde he had taken at Heathrow.
I had to wait until TV news at 7pm to hear the full story - and then I was on duty and so had to wait until the next day to check out the 'Net. It was very shocking for me as I always saw Concorde as an icon of an aircraft with an impeccable safety record. (I was an a.net member at the time.)
September 11 - again I was at work but this time here in the UK. I was about to join a case when one of the nurses rushed into the room and said that the WTC was on fire after planes crashed into them. I hurried to the TV and sat, transfixed, with almost all the other staff members. At the time I started watching both towers had been hit but BBC and ITN both showed replays of the second plane crashing into the South Tower. I watched on and on and on, seeing both towers fall and hearing about the Pentagon strike and the Pennsylvania crash. After watching the TV from 1400HR until 1900HR I went on-line in the library for a short while (and the BBC website was jammed up) then went back and viewed TV until 2200HR. That for me was an unforgettable experience and was really terrible - the fact that the death toll was very high yet unknown, the fact that it was unprecedented yet massively tragic, the fact that planes were involved all added to the utter horror of that day. I would even have nightmares about it.
AA 587 - again at work, again a NYC plane crash, again things came almost to a halt as everybody sat down and watched the coverage that afternoon. Again the fear of further terrorism was present but later when the talk changed to accident, the mood lightened slightly. Yet I was still shocked and went on-line shortly afterwards.
3 tragedies that I will remember all my life. I may also add KAL 007 - I was young when that 747 was shot down by Soviet fighters. The Morning after it happened (1 September 1983) the BBC news on the radio reported the 747 as missing ("lost") and the newspapers said the same. Later during the day and week came the allegations, accusations and declaration that the craft had been shot down. The newspapers followed the story to the hilt. That was another incident (not an accident as a security violation had occurred) that I also remember strongly.
Sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5249 posts, RR: 27 Reply 24, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2472 times:
Oy. This one hits home. For some reason (my love for flying?) I seem to take the news of any crash hard, and imprint the moment
Lockerbie: I was arriving at Main Place shopping center (did I name it right?) at Santa Ana, CA, to buy Christmas goodies for my wife. Crushed.
Aeromexico, Cerritos, CA- If I'd been looking the right way, I might have seen it happen- I was on a friend's roof in Fullerton, as we worked at repairing the roof. An hour or two later, we went to LAX to take his wife, a NW FA, to commute to DTW for a trip, and driving by that neighborhood on the 91, with an FA embarking on a trip, was no fun at all. I remember the news trucks lined-up on the bridge over the freeway, all with their microwave antennae up.
DL 191: It was stormy in Houston, too, and I was driving in the rain to rent a video. I feared that a friend might have captained the L10. Not the case.
Challenger explosion: At the computing center at the Exxon Building, downtown Houston; everybody was clustered under the PA speakers, with the radio playing and telling the tragic tale. I drove back to my office in Sugar Land about 15 minutes after the explosion, and every flag I passed inthat long drive was already at half-mast; most cars on the road had headlights on in tribute.
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
25 ILOVEA340: Three weeks ago at the Point Mugu airshow I watched the QF-4 Phantom II crash.
26 JSheldon: AF Concorde- I was home sick from work that entire week that summer and the talk show or whatever I was watching on NBC was interupted for live news c
27 Cheese-Jet: On 9/11 I was in my 2nd period study when teachers came in and turned the tv on right after the first plane hit. Two of the other douschebag kids were
28 Jer32382: I was layin in bed on the morning of 9/11. I remember the phone ringing several time before I picked it up. I forget who was on the other end because
29 Ilyushin96M: Hmm. Notable crashes I recall: PSA Flight 182: I was in school, on the playground, when I saw a big black cloud of smoke billowing into the air. That
30 Frequentflier: SR111: On my brother's birthday, I was laying in bed when I turned on CNN to see pictures of the crash. Concorde: I had just arrived at a hotel in Orl
31 Ups763: WTC- I was in gym and someone said a small plane had hit the world trade center, as I went to my 4th period Astronomy class my teacher told us the sto
32 DeltaOwnsAll: On September 11th I had just come into my school theater for my usual break meeting and my friends starting talking about planes hitting the WTC and e
33 Hkgspotter1: Concorde crash ============= In a motel in Las Vegas. 911 === At home in Hong Kong.
34 FlyCMH: I was attending a Detroit Tigers game in 1997 when the game was suddenly interrupted by a UPN 50 news reporter on the televisions in the stadium repor
35 OzarkD9S: Was watching a movie when my cousin called from VA and told me to turn on CNN. TWA 800 had just went down. TWA had just recorded it's first net quarte
36 CV990A: With the Concorde, I was at work in New York City, and decided to quickly check a.net, and got the news first from this Forum. The rest of that day se
37 PROSA: I vividly remember the crash of DL 92 (I think that was the number) at DFW in 1985. I had been hiking at Sleeping Giant State Park in Connecticut with
38 FLY777UAL: AA587- I was sitting on the runway at EWR on a UA 737-500 when they issued the ground stop. I had channel 9 on my audio set and was interested as to w
39 Redngold: Also the USAir crash in Aliquippa, PA -- I had just flown USAir from New York LGA to Albuquerque for a semester at University of New Mexico, and knew
40 Travatl: I remember where I was during nearly every major accident in the last 15 years, but since the two most discussed on this thread are AA587 and 11SEP, I
41 Jsf119: I remember in 1996 on a hot july day hanging out with my friends when my brother came home after flying my other brother back from block island. While
42 Jsf119: I forgot to add my sad note about the Swiss air crash. Since i worked for one of the few airlines that flew to Halifax out of Boston I remember a note
43 TWAMD-80: I remember where I was when TWA 800 went down. I was riding home on a warm summer evening when I heard of the bad news. I was at my house watching CN
44 Airindia: I was travelling back to Delhi on this sept evening in 1996, when heard about the mid air collision between Saudi 747 and kazakh Airlines, some 60 kms
45 Travellin'man: TWA 800- One of my best friends called me up, and asked me if I had heard the news. A TWA plane had gone down, which he was supposed to be on; he was
46 Spinkid: I remember the United flight in Sioux City. I was 17 and getting ready to go to work at the mall. I don't know why that one sticks with me. I also rem
47 B737-700: Swissair 111: Happened during the night. So I slept and heard the next the next morning on TV. Concorde : Was at a school festival. My mother told me
48 Fritzi: Egyptair: I was in Florida about to leave for the airport for my flight back to Austria. Sept 11: I just got home from school. That information defina
49 Tca256: SR111 I was on my way to the airport in a taxi when I heard on the radio a newsflash about the tragedy...Watching the tv news in Malaysia Airlines tha
50 Cathay Pacific: 11 September At home (in HK) watching The Weakest Link and suddenly being interrupted by a special news bulletin. AA587: Surfing on the net late at ni
51 9V-SVE: SQ006: Sleeping, next morning my parents were watching a report about an air crash, I asked them which airline, they said SQ. I was very shocked. Sept
52 Hoons90: Sept 11: I was sleeping, suddenly my father woke me up. AA587: I was watching CNN, some commercials, suddenly the screen "Breaking News" came up, and
53 VapourTrails: Some are.. Sept. 11 -- I was on A.net [late at night our time just before 11.00 pm] and saw the post from Hustler. I looked at BBC news and it wasn't
54 Dash8tech: TWA800, On deplowyment in Persian Gulf on board USS Carl Vinson (aircraft carrier). Egyptair, Swissair, 9/11...I was at work. AS261, at home playing o
55 Reggaebird: Reading through these posts, it occurs to me that there is one thing that seems to be a common link in almost all of these accidents! That one thing i
56 Sabena 690: I was in a hotel in Madeira when the Concorde crashed. It was strange, suddenly I got the feeling that I must open the TV. I put it on BBC World, and
57 Ren41: AA 587: I woke up early that day. I was eating breakfast and watching Regis & Kelly when the Breaking News came on that a plane has crashed in NYC. Th
58 Heavymetal: This is actually a great post....I pondered it for a sec and realized I could remember the exact moments I found out about most of the major aircrashe
59 Tsentsan: Sep 11 - While online at 9pm (SIN time), a friend MSNed me about a crash in NYC at the WTC, thought it was some stupid Cessna not knowing how to fly..
60 Vickybiccy: Sept 11, I was, at the time, unemployed sitting at home watching the telly waiting for Diagnosis Murder to start at 2.10 UK time. I was really looking
61 Hawkeye2: EgyptAir and China northern crashes, 5/7/2002: At my computer, surfing Airliners.net!
62 PROSA: September 11 - I had taken the Long Island Rail Road to the Flatbush Avenue terminal in Brooklyn, and then got the IRT Seventh Avenue subway to head t
63 GDB: July 25th 2000 was a pretty normal day in BA Concorde Engineering. A UK tabloid had got hold of and typically blown out of all proportion, the tiny cr
64 9V-SPI: My memories include the SQ6 crash. As SQ are my favourite airline I'd never expected this to ever happen and ruin their 28 year history of accident fr
65 Soupthansa: September 1974- I was in the Third grade in Sumter,SC when the Eastern 727 from CHS to CLT crashed at CLT. March 1977- Watching CBS News when they sho