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9/11/01 Stories?

Sat Sep 13, 2003 6:40 am

I'm sorry if this topic has been discussed recently, but I'm a new (less than a week) member here.... I was actually out of the country on 9/11/03, and dealt with the trauma from a unique perspective. Not know how, when we'd get getting home, feeling so much more conspicuous as an American (even though we were in England), etc

I would really like to know what it was like for passengers who were on aircraft that had to put down at the nearest airport that day in the US. How did people deal with that and get home? Was anyone on approach to an area airport and happen to see any of the horrific events? I know it's morbid, but that's an angle that I haven't heard discussed on the news, etc...
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RE: 9/11/01 Stories?

Sat Sep 13, 2003 6:41 am

OOPS! The date in the body of my last post should be 9/11/01, not 9/11/03....
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RE: 9/11/01 Stories?

Sat Sep 13, 2003 6:44 am

i got woken up first by my mother, she called me at like 0630 my time and i just got to sleep at like 0500. she said something hit the buildings, i thought it was a cessna or something, you know in crappy wx. then my gf calls me and tells me that she got a phone call from FDNY ordering me to be in at work in an hour. i was like what the fuck?? then one of my roommates comes in and tells me to get up and get tot he TV. when i saw the shit happening i wanted to be here so badly, i felt useless. it wasn’t till 2 days later that i realized that i would have been dead right now if i hadn’t been at school, since i was assigned to the EMS garage downtown and would have been there ASAP to help out. i lost 71 friends that day. i only went to 4 funerals where their bodies were recovered.

of the people i was assigned to work with before it happened, 2 survived, the other 27 weren’t as lucky. my gf, being muslim (she doesn’t wear a veil or anything but she’s still muslim) left a month later and went to albania, she only got back this past march. when i went home for xmas vacation i stood there on the first day i got back, in the middle of the pit and just started crying. i had never cried before for as long as i could remember. the next day i was there digging and was there until the day i left to go back to school.

our school got closed down for a week and all the foreign students got interviewed by the FBI. no one flew, it sucked ass!
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RE: 9/11/01 Stories?

Sat Sep 13, 2003 7:08 am

September 11, 2001 was day six for me in the aviation security department, of my old airline, and was in ANC for my first official training.

At 5:30am Alaska time, I turned on the TV to watch the local news. As millions of others did across the globe, I watched the first aircraft hit the tower. Seconds later, a co-worker was pounding on my hotel door. We both sat speechless realizing that both of our jobs had changed immensely as the news of the additional doomed aircraft was relayed.

Drastic changes began to happen at a break-neck pace. Our airline's incident command center was activated and the interpretation of new security restrictions began in earnest. Conference calls were non-stop with the FAA and corporate officials. There were three people in our airline's security department and two of us were in ANC well over a thousand miles away from where we needed to be. We contemplated driving back to Seattle, but a blizzard in the Yukon prevented us from doing so. Once the airspace was opened, we received a call to head to the airport as we were heading back to SEA. Once off the plane, we were taken directly to the command center where the string of consecutive working days began and finally ended in late December.

I spent the next year and a half on the road teaching security classes and revising training materials to ensure they were up to date with the ever changing FAA/TSA regulations.
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RE: 9/11/01 Stories?

Sat Sep 13, 2003 11:12 am

I was on a cruise in the Caribbean with my family. We had just disembarked the ms Maasdam in Georgetown, Grand Cayman looking forward to a day of diving and relaxing when somebody told us the world trade center had been hit by an airplane. because it was still a rumor at they time, the a/c type varied by the was an, a Cessna, a commuter, and so on. We arrived at the dive shop just in time to see the second 767 slam into the 2nd tower. Ill never forget how as soon as I saw the plane swallowed up by the tower and flame I got a sick feeling in my stomach. We left to dive, and after a wonderful couple hours under the water, apart from the horror going on above sea level, we returned to find a gaping whole where the two great towers once stood. It was then they cut to an image of the Pentagon burning when I heard somebody start to cry. They had a friend in the tower that day, who worked very near the top, and we later heard her friend didnt make it. We finally got back to the dock, and I called my uncle in miami, who is a Capt. on the 757/767 for AA to make sure he was ok. He said yes, which was a big relief, and we headed back to the ship. A couple hours later we were watchiong President Bush address the nation, and praying for all those lost in the attacks.

RIP all victims and heroes of 9-11. You are in our hearts always. God Bless.
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RE: 9/11/01 Stories?

Sat Sep 13, 2003 12:17 pm

I lived (and still do) 2 blocks from the WTC site. I didn't see either plane hit, but I do remember getting out of the shower, hearing a very loud screeching sound (it was the UA plane which must have flown directly over my building) and feeling a tremendous shaking of my apartment building, followed by a quick flickering of the lights and then a loud boom.

As there was alot of construction going on lately on West Street (just outside the building and across from the WTC), I didn't think it was anything - maybe a dump truck or something.

Anyway, the phone rang a minute later and it was my Uncle in Milwaukee telling me that New York is under attack and to look out my window.

I looked out and saw WTC #2's upper 1/3 in flames and lots of papers in the air- like confetti.

Being so close to the buildings, I decided it would be best to leave and go to the office (down at 26 Broadway, about 3/4 of a mile from the WTC). Me and my office-mates hunkered down there for the rest of the morning.

The collapse of each tower was deafening, followed by absolute pitch black darkness outside due to all the dust and debris. We didn't get to see daylight again for almost an hour after the second tower collapsed.

To make a long story short, it wasn't until 3 days later that I actually was able to get TV reception at a local hotel where we had to relocate to for 2 weeks. Being right in the middle of the story - we were starved for news - at least for the first day.

Still live in the neighborhood - we've bounced back well - but every so often when I hear a plane flying over to land at LGA I must admit it sometimes brings back memories.
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RE: 9/11/01 Stories?

Sat Sep 13, 2003 12:22 pm

N62NA -
Do you live in Battery Park City? It sounds amazing that the neighborhood has fared so well. All those dire predictions of an exodus from the area, with most apartments being left vacant, never came to pass.
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RE: 9/11/01 Stories?

Mon Sep 15, 2003 3:58 am

Had a CO 757 EWR-SFO divert to GRR, a lady came running off the plane screaming saying that her son worked on the 60th? floor. We let her use our phones to call him...........
Her son called in sick that day. Talk about feeling sick when I heard her say that.
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RE: 9/11/01 Stories?

Mon Sep 15, 2003 6:18 am

Here is the url to a story that I just read. One of the better ones written. It's pretty long, but worth the time.

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