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Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 5:41 am

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?
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Tue May 07, 2002 5:46 am

I was on the esculator going to the metro station when I heard AA 757 hiting Pentagon. I didnt know what was that till few hours later when I saw it on TV.

When AF Concorde crashed I was at work. One of my coworkers came to my office and said that some Concorde just crashed. I went to the lobby to check TV. He was right....

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Tue May 07, 2002 6:02 am

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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Tue May 07, 2002 6:07 am

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!!
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Tue May 07, 2002 6:07 am

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.
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Tue May 07, 2002 6:08 am

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....

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RE: Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 6:15 am

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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Tue May 07, 2002 6:17 am

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.
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Tue May 07, 2002 6:37 am

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 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.....  Sad
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Tue May 07, 2002 6:37 am

both september 11th and the AA A300 crash in queens I was at home and saw all the things direct at TV.....and could'nt realise that these things were happening just at that moment.....
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Tue May 07, 2002 6:40 am

I was in Victoria, BC, Canada on vacation when the Concorde crashed. July 25 will always be a sad date in my mind.  Crying
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Tue May 07, 2002 6:42 am

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.

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Tue May 07, 2002 6:45 am

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!
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Tue May 07, 2002 6:46 am

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.
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Tue May 07, 2002 6:50 am

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).

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Tue May 07, 2002 7:08 am

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.

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Tue May 07, 2002 7:14 am

TWA 800 - I was driving through Germany with my parents, going home from a vacation in Italy.

When the SAS MD-81 crashed near Stockholm in 1991 I was at home celebrating my 10th birthday...

AF Concorde - I was doing my homework when my father told me what had happened - he had heard about it on the radio driving home from work.

11-9 - I had been at University all day so I didn't hear anything about what happened until I came home at around 17:00.

SK 686 - I opened IE and was typing '' when I noticed MSN reporting an SAS crash with 16 dead. Unfortunately things turned out to be a lot worse...
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Tue May 07, 2002 7:22 am

-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.
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Tue May 07, 2002 7:30 am

On Sept.11th I was onboard Air France flight 68 from CDG to LAX while the attacks happened. After we had turned and arrived again in Paris I first heard what had happened and I was just shocked.
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Tue May 07, 2002 7:34 am

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.

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Tue May 07, 2002 8:22 am

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.
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Tue May 07, 2002 8:22 am

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.

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Tue May 07, 2002 8:32 am

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.
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Tue May 07, 2002 8:59 am

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 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.

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Tue May 07, 2002 10:06 am

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.
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Tue May 07, 2002 10:08 am

Three weeks ago at the Point Mugu airshow I watched the QF-4 Phantom II crash.  Sad
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Tue May 07, 2002 10:11 am

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 coverage.

Sept 11-I was in my 3rd period Astronomy class in the computer lab researching Mars. My principle announced there had been a serious accident involving two planes and the World Trade Center. Mars wasn't important at all after that. My whole school (being just 30 miles north of NYC) was turned upside down. Many people had family there.

AA A300 in Queens- I was on the phone with a weather briefer planning a cross-country flight when I was put on hold and instead of the cheezy elevator music, they had live news reports of another American Airlines crashin in New York City.
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Tue May 07, 2002 10:15 am

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 joking about it, thinking it was only an accident.

And for the AF Concorde, I was hooking up an old NES system to my TV, and after turning on the TV, I saw what had happened.
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Tue May 07, 2002 10:21 am

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 by that time I had my tv on and was just in awe of what had happened. Then a few months later, I was sleeping on the couch at a friends house when I got word that AA had gone down in NYC.
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Tue May 07, 2002 10:22 am

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 night, when I got home, I found out the PSA 727 had crashed into a neighbourhood not far from where I lived. My parents were afraid the plane had crashed into the school.

TWA Flight 800: I was chatting with a friend on AOL, and there was a news break that a TWA 747 had crashed off long island. I was SURE it had been blown up by terrorists.

KAL 007: This was during high school; I was camping on Catalina Island off the coast of California, and someone nearby had a radio. We heard about the shooting down that way. I was with a youth group from a church I attended, and we all prayed for those killed.

Of course, I know where I was when the WTC was hit, and where I was when I heard about the Concorde going down, but I don't remember in detail.
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Tue May 07, 2002 10:31 am

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 Orlando when I, once again, turned on CNN and saw the horrific pictures of that beautiful bird on fire. So sad!

Sept. 11: I was in Chemistry class when my friend ran in saying that a plane had crashed into the WTC. He ran back out to see more coverage, and then ran back in to say that another one had crashed. At that point, we both ran out and watched TV for the rest of the day. People were crying in the halls, since many of their parents worked there. Very depressing.
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Tue May 07, 2002 10:33 am

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 story and then the principal came on and made an announcement.

AA587- Same 4th period Astronomy class, same teacher.

TWA800- I was at a friends house after I got home from the airport and my mother called me and told me. I remember it being a very hot and humid night here in NJ.

AF Concorde- I was in my room and remember turning on CNN and seeing the headline, I could not believe one went down- I immediatley called and told my mother.

I think people( pilots and enthusiasts) who have a greater passion and knowledge of the industry dont just shrug off a crash like alot of people do, it stays with you and makes you feel for the passengers, FA's and especially the pilots.
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Tue May 07, 2002 11:45 am

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 everything. I thought they were just messing but then the heads of the school starting talking to everyone at the meeting and everyone seemed just stunned. They then turned on the projection screen with the news and told us we didn't really have to go to class and that we could just watch the news... I was really shaking for like 8 hrs after that. I remember talking to me friends and we were all so mad that people would do this and everyone was just stunned...
I also remember TWA 800 as I was flying the day after that happened and I had a talk with my mom about frequency of air accidents and how rare they are just hours before flight 800 went down...was very ironic.
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Tue May 07, 2002 12:14 pm

Concorde crash

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RE: Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 12:36 pm

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 reporting that a Korean Air 747 had crashed in Guam. I later learned that it was Korean Air Flight 801.

I was watching television on ABC in my parents' room when all of a sudden ABC News broke the programming to report that a USAir DC-9-30 had crashed in Charlotte.

I remember watching the news when USAir Flight 1493 slammed into a SkyWest Metro in Los Angeles. I remember watching accounts from the survivors of that crash. Only later did I find out that the USAir jet originated in Columbus.

Then, of course, the crash of the Concorde and the attacks that happen on September 11 will also be scared into my mind.
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Tue May 07, 2002 12:38 pm

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 quarterly profit in I don't know how long that day or a day or two before. I looked at my Mom (who worked for TW rez at the time) and said "This will be the end of TWA". I wasn't far off the mark. They never really recovered from that.
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RE: Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 12:42 pm

With the Concorde, I was at work in New York City, and decided to quickly check, and got the news first from this Forum. The rest of that day seemed a blur.

As for 9/11, I was in Geneva, Switzerland, just getting back to my apartment and saw the lobby TV was on CNN, and something was burning. At that point, someone, who knew I was American called me over and said a plane had hit the WTC- I got to the TV in time to see the 2nd plane hit. I sat down in a chair and didn't move for the next 4 hours. I was lucky in that when I called home I got through, and found out everyone I knew in the WTC and Pentagon were allright within 15 minutes. It was not so for my friend, who had a very stressful wait of 2 hours before finding out her brother, who worked in the towers, was safe. Even now I think I am still coming to grips with what happened, and how by being in Europe when everything was happening my reactions to the attacks differ from my friends now that I am back in the US.

When AA587 went down, I had just checked into a hotel in Berlin, and one of the people I was travelling with came in my room and said another plane had crashed in New York. Again, we found out just as it was happening, so when I called home, there was no information. So we simply shook our heads, said 'Dear God, please not again' and went to a beer hall, because I don't think we could have dealt with it had the unthinkable happened again.
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RE: Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 12:53 pm

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 this woman named Linda, whom I had been dating for several months. We had gone to Florida for a few days the prior week, having flown DL BDL-FLL.
As we were driving away from the park, we heard the car radio announce that there had been a crash of a Delta jet "in Fort Lauderdale." We were both quite startled as we'd just been there a week earlier. Within a couple of minutes, there was a correction; the crash had happened at DFW on a flight from FLL.

I was at work when AA 587 crashed last November. My company's CEO sent an e-mail to everyone, just 15 minutes or so after the first news reports, saying that all bridges and tunnels had been closed. I went to cnn. com, got an update on the news, and then immediately came to this site!
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RE: Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 1:00 pm


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 why they had issued the ground stop (I thought it would be traffic...). Then, a pilot from another plane asked the tower, "does it have anything to do with the smoke from across the river?" and then silence. A minute after, the captain turned channel 9 off. I called my parents back in California from my cell, and my mom told me that American crashed in (they thought) Queens. I started saying, "oh my God...are you joking me?!" loudly over the phone (the only thing running through my head was, "Osama!"), and the man across the aisle looked over at me, and I told him that American crashed in Queens, and then everyone around me started saying, "what?!" "what?!" so about a minute after that, everyone had their cell phones out calling whomever. Unsure of what was to happen, I spent the rest of the day inside United's terminal, finally leaving in the evening to go back to Seton Hall. I eventually flew out the next morning (arriving to LOOONG security lines!)

Interestingly enough, the weekend before Sept. 11th, I flew to Washington DC and then was going to hop a flight to LGA for the night. The next morning, I would have taken UA93 EWR-SFO to go home.

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RE: Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 1:10 pm

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 I would be flying USAir back to New York at the end of the semester. I was still afraid of flying back then. I wasn't sure I wanted to fly back on USAir anymore; in fact, I wasn't sure USAir would survive that second crash within a year (first one was at CLT). I had a lot of reason to be interested in that story.

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RE: Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 1:20 pm

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'll share those.


Had just landed in Jacksonville, FL. Preparing the cabin to begin boarding, when another flight attendant came down the jetbridge, and said "your not gonna believe what's happening in New York." I brushed her off at first, until she said....two airplanes just flew into the WTC towers within 15 minutes of one another. I went up and began talking to one of the agents, and he explained that one was an American 767. Shocked, I came back to the aircraft, and we began boarding. The other two flight attendants were in the forward galley when the captain called me in the back and said there was a nationwide ground stop, and that another plane had just flown into the Pentagon. He was going down to call S.O.C., so I got to then explain to the passengers via the P.A., that "due to the circumstances in New York, air traffic across the country had been halted. Although we have very little information, everyone will need to take their carryons and return to the gate area." Of course, things just got progressively worse from there (I got to spend 4 lovely nights in Jacksonville, FL).

AA587 - Just completed boarding in Atlanta, and were getting ready to depart for Philadelphia. Stepped out onto the jetbridge to pick up my manifest, and saw the agent coming down to the aircraft. About 30 yards away, her waist phone rang, and she picked it up. She just stopped and stared at me. When she got to me she had this look on her face like she was about to burst into tears. She said "an American Airlines 767 just crashed in Queens, NY". My only response was "?!?!?!?!?!?! huh?" With that we, shut the main cabin door, and I told pilots, and another flight attendant who was standing in the forward galley. Since it was departure time, we had no choice but to press on. It was only when we arrived in Philadelphia, and headed for the hotel that we saw on the news in the airport that it was an A300, and that it didn't immediately appear terrorism was suspect.

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RE: Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 1:33 pm

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 flying the plane he said his beeper went off something about a plane crash from a plane out of JFK. i was tuned into cnn until 2 that morning. for some reason or other TWA 800 has always got my attention. Ill never forget that day.

In 98 I worked at Logan airport. I was working my shift that night when the Swiss Air MD-11 went down wierd thing about it though was my shift ended at 11 PM and I didnt hear a thing about it until the next day when i was at school.

Last one was Novemeber 12 2001 when i went to NYC with my friend and GF and we stepped out of Grand Central at around 930-10ish when i heard a lady talking about a plane going in full throttle. Since 9/11 was still fresh I assume thats what she was talking about. Going down 5th avenue to take a tour of the empire state building you could see a crowds around the corner of the building. Just then you could hear a loud roar of jet engines and everyone looked to the sky but saw nothing. I stepped into a burger king to use the rest rooms still unaware of the crash when i saw the footage on TV about the American A300 that crashed. I turned white as a ghost and got scared as hell thinking we may be under attack again.. Then I realized that the jets I heard were probably fighters which they were (F-15's) and we heard them all day long the rest of the time down there. It was an eerie day.
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RE: Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 1:37 pm

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 to ALL employees of the airline worked for telling us to take especially good care of the Halifax flights for the next few weeks as we were expecting a lot of family members. Thats when the reality of it hit home.
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RE: Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 1:39 pm

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 CNN when I heard about the Alaska Airlines MD80 that crashed from the problem with the jackscrew.

On Sept 11th I was in school a history class. Someone said the Pentagon had been bombed, then we turned on the radio and we hear that 4 airliners had been hijacked. And the rest is history.

I was also in school when the AA587 A300 went down. I was in the school library. I'm sure that I could list quite a few more but these are the few that come to mind.

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RE: Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 1:43 pm

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 nw of del. The Collision left all the pax dead. It was truly tragic.

It was around 7-30 pm in India when my cell rang and my dad told me to switch on CNN. Te first tower was hit and within a few minutes the second plane hit the second tower. It was indeed overwhelming.
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RE: Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 1:48 pm

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 procrastinating at school, and so took an 11th hour extension, and moved his flight back by a day...He still has the original ticket framed on the wall.


I went down for the first time to photograph planes at LAX. I didn't have the right gear with me, so at about 4:30ish or so, after watching two Alaska 737's taking off from the north runways, I packed it in, and headed home early. I remember feeling lazy, but still happy, loking forward to a mellow evening. Later I found out that at that same time, the MD-83 was spiralling out of control just 60 miles north of me. I thought, how lucky I was to have the freedom to do what I wanted, when those people were trapped. Scary and sad.
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RE: Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 1:52 pm

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 remember being home playing and then watching the Air Florida rescue attempts in Washington. That footage is still probably some of the most dramatic ever.

I also remember Valujet. I was cleaning my house, when the breaking news came in on CNN. I remember thinking how bad that was going to be for the airline even at that moment.

TWA 800. I was at work at the restaurant we owned. I remember the news brief, and worrying that a friend was leaving for Paris that weekend. Fortunately she flew Air France.

9-11. I was housesitting in Queens, NY for a friend. I remember the phone ringing non stop that morning and not answering it, since I don't live there. When I woke up I turned on the TV and instantly saw what was happening. The 2nd tower had just fallen. I had planned on meeting friends in Manhattan that day. Needless to say that never happened. I spent the day on the phone with family, assuring them I had never made it into the city that day and checking on friends of my own in Manhattan. The worst for me was that I really wanted to be home with my family that night and travel restrictions wouldn't let me. The Subway ride into Manhattan the next morning was the quietest I've ever taken in New York.


RE: Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 2:39 pm

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 when I came home. I didn't believe her at first.

Sept.11th : Read it on teletext at home.

Egyptair (Nantucket) : That was just before I wanted to go out for trick or treat on Halloween in America.

AA A300 (Queens) : Driving home from school I heard it on the radio.

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RE: Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 2:46 pm

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 definatly came at the wrong time.
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RE: Remember Where You Were When A Plane Crashed?

Tue May 07, 2002 4:14 pm


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 that night, no words
were told about the crash and I had to wait the morning after to read about it in the newspapers.


For the very first time of my life, I was scared because
my girlfriend was in the US and going back in Europe
the night the tragedy happened...I didn't know what
was her airline and I was thrilled to death untill she
called me at her arrival!


I was in my hotel room in Turkey, watching BBC news
when the news was broadcasted...

Sept. 11 WTC+Pentagon

I was at the office, checking when it

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