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Where Were You When You First Heard About The Wtc  
User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4188 posts, RR: 36
Posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3367 times:

I was in my room studying when my parents told me there was a fire on top of the WTC.Only a small amount of smoke was appearing It was 3:00 pm CET and from then on i stayed 10 hours stuck on my TV

[Edited 2005-05-07 11:41:47]

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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22864 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3362 times:

I was in Chemistry lab in Stuyvesant High School, which is about six blocks away. So I had a pretty good view of the buildings.


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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3358 times:

Sleeping...only heard about it in the morning. I think there's a 14 hour time difference between Australia and the east coast of the USA.

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User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined exactly 12 years ago today! , 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3357 times:

I was at home watching the TV when I turned over to Sky News with the first tower on fire and watched live as the second plane hit the other ower, I've never been so stunned and shocked at what I was seing on the TV. Stayed glued to the news as things went from bad to worse for the rest of the day.

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User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3352 times:

About 6:30 AM Mountain Time in SLC, wake up, turn on the TV see that a "Cessna" has hit the WTC, and tell my family whose up that don't believe me. I get in my car at about 7:00-7:15, and my step-dad walks out to tell me a second plane hit. I go in to see a replay on the Today Show, and have to run back to my car to go to school. At about 7:30, I hear president Bush on the radio in my car from Florida. 7:35 AM, I am one of two in an IB French Class to know what happened. I watched the first tower fall live from class about an hour later. Our school had a moment of silence that day, which I thought was impressive. (I had stayed in the now-collapsed Marriott nestled in between the towers 3 months before, so I was interested to recognize the area fairly well).

User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2561 posts, RR: 48
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3349 times:

I was at home about to leave for my training flight in daytona. I was attending ERAU at that point, and my friend from NYC called me, told me that some dude flew a plane into the WTC, details were few at that point.

The only time there is too much fuel onboard, is when you're on fire!
User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3344 times:

My brother told me when he picked me up at the bus-stop. Then I watched TV until early the next morning.
A friend of mine taped the broadcast from Swedish TV4 during the collapse of the north tower and on for a few hours, and I watched it again a few weeks ago.


User currently offlineQR332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3336 times:

I was actually in the toilet when my mom came and told me that the WTC was on fire and that a plane hit it - when I got back, we watched for about an hour and we saw the second plane hit, and I still remember someone claiming it was a small aircraft such as a Cessna. I also remember another reporter asking if it was some "electromagnetic problem leading the aircraft towards the towers". We then went to the Hamad hospital here in Doha because my uncle was sick at the time, and we watched for another 3 hours from his room as things unfolded.

User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3335 times:

Early morning in Anchorage . . . my phone rang, was my former wife calling from CLT. She said, "Turn on CNN, NOW". I did and we all know the rest . . .

I was 19 days short of my retirement date . . . 9/30/01. That was extended to 12/31/01 by the Army 3 days after the attack.

[Edited 2005-05-07 12:46:13]

User currently offlineAviationmaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3333 times:

I was at school chatting with 3 of my friends, during the 10 o'clock break, when we were approached by one of our teachers, that told us that a plane had crashed into the WTC. We then rushed to the nearest TV (where most of the students had gathered), and arrived just at the moment when the first tower collapsed  Sad

User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3322 times:

I'm a communications specialist for an air medical company in PIT, we watched it from the start since we constantly monitor news and Wx. I was working overtime that day, and only supposed to be there 4 hours, it turned into over 9. I remember getting a call from Somerset county 911 saying they had a report of a commercial airliner crash near Shanksville. We sent all of our available helicopters (nine at the time), needless to say they we're all cancelled and by then the FAA had grounded everyone, leaving our aircraft stuck all over western Pa. It was a while before we were able to fly lifeguard again, and with very strict rules.

Also most of us being volunteer firefighters, we knew it would be a grim day for our brothers of FDNY when the towers collapsed. I never thought I'd see the day 343 firefighters, along with police, EMS, and thousands of civilians be slaughtered like that. I also had friends who responded to the fire at the pentagon.

Things we're so strange, since there was other unfounded reports, like a car bomb at the state department building. For the first time in my life I saw America under attack on her own soil.

May those disgusting f*cks who attacked us and anyone wishing harm to the US rot in hell for eternity.

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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 67
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3317 times:

I was parking my car when a news report on the radio mentioned that a "small plane had collided with one of the towers of the World Trade Center"...

Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8312 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3312 times:

As it was the middle of the night when the attacks happened I didn't hear about it until about 5-6 hours after it happened. The first thing I heard on the radio that was on in the bathroom next to my room was actually about the Pentagon rather than the WTC, and I hate to say it, when I heard the pentagon had been blown up by an explosion (which was all that was coming out at the time) I actually laughed in disbelief because I thought it was a joke/publicity stunt knowing there was super high security surrounding the Pentagon to get through. My second thought was 'it had been coming for the FBI for quite a while' - thinking it was another American attack like McVeigh's. That quickly passed the moment I heard more factual details.

I got up and Dad had the TV on and said that the WTC had been destroyed, and I just went into such a disbelieving state of shock that all I could think about was "what were the regos on the planes?" It only hit me a little later that I probably could have been a little more concerned about the people, but my mind didn't want to think about that part of the tragedy.

User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7510 posts, RR: 49
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3311 times:
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I was working aboard NW8 from NRT-SEA about 2 hrs out from landing. They sent us to YVR and waited there 3 days until we were cleared to resume the flight to SEA, empty that is. During the flight, the flight deck did an all-call to all FA stations telling us what happened. We were in the middle of the breakfast service when they told us to scout the cabin and look for anyone suspicious, especially in the First Class cabin in A zone and the UD. We thought that our flight was threatened. The captain made announcement, the for precautionary reasons, we were being told to land in YVR. We didn't actually tell the passengers what happened until after we landed. It was us and a UA 742 from NRT-SFO and 744 from HKG-SFO that were the first to join us there. Then an AA 767 and a 777 landed. After that they just kept coming, one after the other. We spent the whole first day showing movies and short-subject videos, trying to keep them entertained. The lavatories were frequently out of use until they could be serviced and fresh water was put on. AC provided the flights with food, albeit they were somewhat crude box meals. But it was food nevertheless.

[Edited 2005-05-07 13:56:34]

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User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4518 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3310 times:

I just got back from school (12km ride on my bike). As usual I turned on the TV and the channel was on SBS6 (Dutch TV channel).

I saw there was a special announcement and then I saw and heard that an aircraft flew into the WTC building! I was like WTF and totally confused..
I just kept standing still where I was, totally focussing on the TV.

I'll never forget that moment...

User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12976 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3306 times:

I first heard about it when I was waiting at the old Wellington rail/bus interchange for the school bus to college, a 7th former came up to me and told me that a serious air disaster had happened in New York over night, and that four planes had crashed within a few hours of each other. At first I didn't believe him, but when I went to the school libruary to read the paper, I found around 20 students all around the paper reading the front page, when I finally got a chance to read the paper, was during period 1, my english class was in the libruary so I sneaked out to the libruary foyer to read the paper. For the rest of the day basically no one in any of my other 5 classes did any school work Smile, we were all glued to the classrooms TVs, infact for the next few days after, we still did hardly any work, still watching TV

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8594 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3301 times:
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I was at work, it was around 3pm when I heard on the radio on my desk that a plane had hit the WTC and like many people thought it was a light plane. I called my wife at SAA and told her, when we heard on the radio about the second one we turned on the TV in the office and that was the end of the working day.

That evening we went out for dinner and there were several TVs in the restaurant showing CNN, I have never experienced such quiet, everyone was watching and very little was being said.

After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3298 times:

I had just come back from DTW. I had droped my partner off that morning for an AA flight to ORD. I was watching Katie Curic when the first plane hit. So I called him at the Admirals club at ORD, but we thought it was just a small plane. He was watching as the second plane hit. Well, I drove to Chicago that day to pick him up!

User currently onlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6537 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3294 times:

Again? This type of thread seems to come up every now & then.

For me, I had just come home from school & was chatting in the CNN news chatroom (they've since closed it, how fucking annoying - it really was a good place to discuss news as they unfolded). Someone mentioned they were breaking news about a plane flying into the WTC, so I turned on the TV & saw the rest on CNN.

User currently offlineKiwiNanday From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3297 times:

I was at school, it was second period, and I had a study hall. The teacher just brought us down to her room and turned on the TV.

User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3282 times:

It was the first, maybe second day of school. I was in a cafeteria after school and I saw the images on TV. It took me a while to understand what was happening, my first thought was that I was watching bits from a new Hollywood movie, it was hard to believe that it was happening for real.

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3278 times:

I was sitting at Newark airport waiting to take off and wondering why the hell that Boeing 767 was flying so low towards the building.....

User currently offlineMelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1785 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3273 times:

I was watching TV (I think it was the West Wing) at around 10:30PM when a newsflash came on with the news a plane had crashed into the WTC - they thought it might have been a light plane. It must have been aroung 4 or 5 Am before I got to sleep. I remember the next day at work, everyone was subdued, upset & worried about what might happen next.

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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3276 times:

I just returned from university and switched on my computer to discuss aviation on A.net, then I saw this thread.


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8957 posts, RR: 56
Reply 24, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3268 times:

9/11/01 was my second day of work at Southwest flight ops.


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25 PacificWestern : I was having breakfast and flicked the television on. By that time both towers had been hit, but the South Tower had not collapsed yet. I spent the re
26 Newark777 : I was sitting in third period Geometry, and the principle simply came over the PA and said two planes had been flown into the WTC. This was a few minu
27 Bill142 : In bed. My sister came in because my dad was on the phone telling me to drive safe as it was raining here that day and only a few days earlier I had g
28 Clrd2go : Was in an elevator in a medical building in Boston, with my wife who had an appointment. We had driven down from New Hampshire and usually have the ra
29 Srbmod : I didn't find out about it until a few hours after the attacks. At the time, I was working a job from 5 pm to 1:30 am and usually went to bed between
30 HAWK21M : On A.Net.When there was a thread on an Aircraft striking a Building,Initially I thought it was a Cessena 172,later heard about it being a Commercial A
31 Thom@s : Had just come through the door at my grandparents who I was visiting that day. My grandfather said a plane had crashed with one of the towers at the W
32 Post contains images TFSPhoto : I was in a study calss, studying for my PTS (personal track saftey) and i had my airband scanner with me, and i was listening into MAN Radar when they
33 AA777 : I walked into my third period class of the day, English 12, and a girl named Julie came up to me and said, "omg did you hear about what happened in ne
34 OttoPylit : I was in a college biology class when we first heard about it. A teacher from another class stuck her head into ours and said, "2 planes have just hit
35 Wietse : Ditto. But it was CNN I was watching. Wietse
36 ACDC8 : I was working. It was just after 3:00pm (Central European Time) when the first reports came on the radio. We ended up leaving work early to go home an
37 Post contains images Klaus : Working at the computer, with the afternoon Tagesschau news running on the second monitor; During the normal 15-minute newscast a short clip from CNN
38 ConcordeBoy : Getting ready to go to school, only had one class on Tuesday, early. My friend William, who works for CO called me and told me to turn on the TV... an
39 Post contains images Pilot kaz : I was In a History Class at school when a older student came in with a note from the head of the school... We was instructed to stay in that lesson an
40 PA110 : I was in Prague, surprising my parents, who were celebrating their anniversary the following day. I was in the hotel lobby, waiting for them to arrive
41 Mdsh00 : For some reason, I didn't turn on the TV before I left in the morning for work (summer intern) so when I went to my car and started driving, I turned
42 ShyFlyer : At the time, I was working as a Corrections Officer at a local federal prison. Before leaving for work, I noticed the date was 9-11 (as displayed by m
43 AGC525 : It was the start, we just don't know it yet.
44 Adam : I was walking into math and my teacher had just turned it on trying to find CNN. We watched everything throughout the whole day in every class. Adam
45 Jake056 : I was listening to the radio here in NY while I was getting ready for work when I heard a plane had flown into the WTC. I turned on the TV and the ann
46 Texan : I had just woken up and turned on my computer. One of my friends IM'd me "OMG." I asked what and she told me to turn on the tv. So I went down the hal
47 CORULEZ05 : I will NEVER forget that day. I was in my English class in high school. We were all doing presentations and I was next up. Suddenly, the teacher from
48 Aerobalance : The WTC episode never happened. Signed, A.netters against Pres. Bush...
49 Post contains images RJ111 : I got home from school early that day cus i had some free peroids in the afternoon. Turned the TV on with the volume low but started reading the paper
50 FlyingNanook : I was living in the dorms at UAF ( U of AK Fairbanks). I woke up around 9:30 or so, turned on the Weather Channel as part of my daily routine. When th
51 Klaus : Aerobalance: The WTC episode never happened. Signed, A.netters against Pres. Bush... Actually, that reads: a.netters against Bush: It wasn´t Saddam w
52 NoUFO : I was working outside of Zweibrücken, a small town not far from Saarbrücken, in south-west Germany. At around 4 pm a co-worker said that "something
53 VirginAbby : I was watching tv and a newsflash came on, so I called my mum at work. I then woke up my dad who was in bed (he's a postman and sleeps in the afternoo
54 AeroWesty : Since I was going to work at home that day, I hadn't woken up until around 11AM Pacific time, turned the TV on, and the cable channel it had been tune
55 SFOMEX : After a shower, I was getting ready for my first morning class at the University I was attending then, around 7AM PT. As usual, I turn on the TV to wa
56 TPASXM787 : I was listening to the radio here in Tampa...the Bubba the Love Sponge morning show. They mentioned that the WTC was on fire...I was like ah well crap
57 Kilavoud : I was working in my office in Switzerland, and my boss told me he got a call from his wife, telling that a small private plane hit one of the WTC towe
58 Splitzer : Had just got in from school, which was around 4pm UK time, 11am-ish NY time. Went straight to my room to do some work. Normally I don't watch TV or an
59 Post contains images 2H4 : ...That's the funniest thing I've read on these forums in a very long time. 2H4
60 Yyz717 : Working from home with CNN Headline News on in the background (as is common for me). I watched the whole multi-faceted event happen as it unfolded on
61 CURLYHEADBOY : I was home, I received an SMS from a friend saying that a 767 had crashed into one of the WTC towers, so I turned on TV and I remember thinking "what
62 Flpuck6 : Was in our audiovisual department at our college doing some work for a professor. The librarians all turned on the TV and we watched in awe ... like C
63 LTBEWR : I live about 12 miles from NY City, in New Jersey. I was at home, just packing my lunch and about to leave out the door to my job in NYC, when a local
64 Airlinerfreak : I was watching NBC as I do every morning, and I remember turning it on to see that one tower had been engulfed in a firery smoky mess. I watched the w
65 F9Widebody : I was in the shower. I had the Sports radio station on, and as I turned it on, the two sports DJ's were talking about "Sheets of glass raining down in
66 N506CR : 6th grade social studies test. Whoever was over was taken to the AV room to watch live news. Can't forget that day... "oh! and here comes another plan
67 NZ747 : Sleeping when the first plane hit, glued to CNN when the second one hit. I then took the day off.
68 Senorcarnival : I was at my Cold War History class. The teacher was really strict, so class went on anyway. At the end of the class, both towers were already gone.
69 ZOTAN : I was driving to school and had the radio on. They were taking about the twin towers being gone, and at first I thought it was some kind of show or so
70 SRQCrosscheck : I was in my high school (in SRQ) precalc class (studying for a vocab test next period in English... cough, cough...) when the calc teacher from next d
71 SRQCrosscheck : Yeah, it's really amazing. About a year after 9/11, my gov't teacher mentioned that "where you were on 9/11" will be our (American) generation's "whe
72 MHTMDW : I found out in the Casino at the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas. I was in Vegas for a trade show, and awoke at dawn and decided to take pictures of the
73 Post contains images TedTAce : I was working supporting Travel agents. I found out a few minutes after the first tower hit as I was on a call with a Travel agent who was watching th
74 Atrude777 : Everything had already happened by the time I got to school. up to before the towers collapsed. I walked into my health class and sat down to study so
75 Jalto27R : Our principal and pastor came in and told each class individually. I didn't quite get the extreme measure of the attack, but during lunch I called my
76 BAViscount : My team and I were all in our office testing a major change that we had just made to our HR system that needed to be implemented the next day. One of
77 WhiteHatter : Exactly what I was doing at the time as well. I'd been upstairs and came down to see this on Sky News.
78 Airlinelover : Hey Roots.. How about doing a search for the 20 or 30 other times this topic ahs been done? Nice job numbnuts. Chris
79 SmithAir747 : On Sept. 11, 2001, I was driving to work in Fort Wayne, IN, at the IPFW university library. I had started out from Garrett, IN, and turned on my car r
80 SmithAir747 : I forgot to add in my reply (79): One sad thing I also remember about 9/11 was that I had been in the World Trade Center back in July 1997; I had had
81 Post contains images FlyMIA : I was in school friend told me I did not belive him at first. Than saw that it was true. Terrible day.
82 AirWillie6475 : I was a sophomore in HS. I was the first to wake up in my family and I actually never woke my parents up, I was just sitting infront of the tv eating
83 USAFHummer : Just entered the "gymateria" (because my high school was terribly overcrowded, at lunch times the gyms were turned into cafeterias to eat) at my high
84 UALPHLCS : I was at Gate C17 Terminal One ORD. I've even passed by the seat since which still creeps me out. CNN Airport network was off the air at ORD. But news
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