Jamesag96 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2095 posts, RR: 3 Posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1563 times:
I was watching the NBC special last night and I was shocked to hear of a near Mid-Air when United 175 was turning toward NYC. The ATC said that they had missed a Delta flight by approx. 200 feet....was I the only one that hadn't heard this? Does anyone have any more info. on it? The information came so quickly that I didn't have time to fully register what I had heard.
CO 757 200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1540 times:
I saw it last night as well, and yeah, he came within 200 feet of colliding with a DL BOS-TPA flight as the barbarians were descending toward NYC.
Equally as chilling,as the fact I lived in CLE for a couple of years was the fact that they originally thought for a short time UA 93 was descending to hit downtown Cleveland.......Seeing all the news footage of CPD officers in their cruisers telling everyone to leave the downtown section was very unsettling (thankfully it didn't happen that way)
PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1484 times:
the lives that would have been saved... I know it sounds cold, but I'm sure anyone on that DL flight would have been willing to give up their lives had it meant saving thousands on the ground.
There wouldn't have been thousands of lives saved. Only about 600 of the 2,800 dead at the WTC were occupants of the south tower. While many rescuers, probably 250 at least, died in the collapse of the south tower, most of them would have been in or near the north tower had UA 175 not reached its target and would have died when the north tower came down.
When you add in the people on DL 2315 (BDL-TPA, not BOS-TPA as earlier noted), plus any people unlucky to have been on the ground where it and UA 175 would have come down, you're probably talking about a death toll of maybe 2,300 instead of 2,800. Obviously, that would be better, but it's not a difference in the thousands.
As far as physical damage is concerned, while of course the south tower would still be standing had UA 175 been in a mid-air collision, it's not at all clear whether the building would ever be usable, as it shared a common foundation with the (destroyed) north tower. This issue is at the center of a lawsuit concerning insurance payouts.
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"