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Airplane Crashed Into The World Trade Center. (by Hustler Sep 11 2001 in Civil Aviation)#ID568411
Thank you for that link - makes for some very interesting reading. Especially that first reply.
I was 10 years old on 9/11/2001. I remember it was about 7:10 (or so I think - not sure on this one) mountain time (9:10 New York time), I hopped out of bed ready for another day of 6th grade, and turned on the radio to the local news station (it helped me wake up). What I heard woke me right up - the reporter came on and said that an airplane had crashed into a skyscraper in New York city. Someone on the news said it was a jet, and then an eyewitness said they thought it was a DC-3 - in my 10 year old geekiness, this caught my attention - a DC-3 was not a jet.
I ran downstairs to tell my parents, and they were in the family room sitting around the TV
watching the tower smoke. Just then a second plane hit the second tower - and my dad said "that is definitely not an accident." We sat watching, when suddenly news came in of an airplane hitting the pentagon - they said it had taken off from an airport just a few miles away, and then they showed footage of armed guards with really big guns (looking back at that mental image, I think they were M4s, but I'm not sure on that one either) patrolling in Washington DC.
Then it was time to go to school. I took my little radio and a tape recorder and sat listening to it until the teacher turned the TV
on. However about 20 minutes later she got an email from the school district telling teachers to keep all TVs off. This really ticked me, because I thought it was so interesting, despite the fact that thousands of people had died - I found it interesting, especially because it had to do with airplanes. At recess I took my little radio out and me and my friends huddled in a corner of the playground listening - the news person said that there was an unidentified airplane heading for Los Angeles (turned out not to be a problem, of course).
I came home and my mom was watching the TV
. At this point the towers in the entire WTC complex were falling down, and I watched one go live. It was very, very freaky because I figured that many people were being crushed to death by tons of falling building as I sat on my comfortable couch, watching, from 2000 miles away.
When I see the vidoes of the airplanes hitting the towers, the towers collapsing, and how many people instantly - and not instantly - in that long period of time, it really freaks me out. The images on the cover of Newsweek were also especially haunting - a photo of a person falling from nearly 1000 feet while another clings to the edge of a building. Or the live TV
shows where hundreds of people were in line, many of them in tears, with pictures of relatives or other loved ones who were missing, pleading that someone might have seen them. How anyone could live through that day, see the pictures or videos, and be blatantly opposed to the war on Terror is beyond me - but some people are, and it makes me very, very, very angry.