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What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:44 am

The post about Flight 93 made me think of this...

As everyone is well aware, the events of September 11th 2001 were horrible, and will live in infamy, and the hearts of many for the rest of their lives. This one day had such a profound impact, surely no one can forget what they were doing, or how they found out.

For me, my mom was taking me to school (I was in 7th grade at the time), and the news report on the radio, said they had reports of a "small airplane" hitting one of the WTC towers in New York, and that it appeared to be an accident. Me being the quick thinking son of a gun I was  Smile jumped into the backseat of our Dodge Durango and flipped down the TV, knowing that if it was as big as I thought it might be, all the news stations (ABC, NBC, CBS all the non-cable channels) would have it. Fighting the reception of my TV, I was able to watch the replay of the first one, and told my mom that it was no small plane, and it certainly wasn't an accident. I think I guessed 737. While I was back there, watching, I saw the 2nd plane fly into the other tower. My heart just stopped. I remember when I got to school, I was the first one to inform everyone (teachers included) about what had happened, and so we quickly turned on the TVs, and a couple hours later, still watching, my whole 7th grade class watched the towers collapse. It was just devestating, there were people crying, and everything. I just kinda stood there in shock. It didn't seem real.

So thats my story, whats yours?

May all the victims rest in peace, and may God Bless every one who has been touched by this terrible tragedy.

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Fri Feb 03, 2006 12:39 pm

I was at school and while going to the English class (ironically or not...), a friend of mine that had just gone out of that classroom told me that we would be having a 3rd. World war!
I got shocked!
Then, everybody went to the computer room to check out in the internet what was really going on...
Later in that day, I went to a friend´s house to do a work for the school, and the result was... We didn´t do anything related to school and we kept watching the TV the whole day. It was a VERY scary thing, and I will never forget, step by step, what I was doing during that day...
But when I first knew something about it, I was in my school´s corridors moving from one classroom to another!
I was 15 and was in the first year of high school (here in Brazil we have 3 high school years).

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Fri Feb 03, 2006 12:46 pm

Mine is not very dramatic.

My wife and I were to fly from Boise to Reno that day to go to Lake Tahoe and catch the Little River Band concert at Ceasar's that evening and come home Wednesday.
I was still asleep at the time everything was occurring,but the wife was up early as usual and it was my mother that called and said all airports were closed and no flights were flying. I thought she was crazy until I saw what was going on.
This happened early here in Mountain Time Zone. So needless to say, we never got to Reno.

But, after making plans to go there, I saw that the band was coming to Boise on 9/19. They added this stop after we made plans and bought tix,etc.
So, as luck would have it, we did get refunds from all Tahoe sites, and got to see The Little River Band here. It was really nice to hear them add the end of 'America' or something patriotic at the end of the sax solo in "Cool Change". Really sombered up the place.

By the way, as an employee of Southwest Airlines, I can tell you it made some big changes in my professional life, as well.
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Fri Feb 03, 2006 1:06 pm

I was at work in London, it was a sunny day and I was wandering up to the Civic Centre in Harrow to get some expenses reimbursed, as I walked in through reception I noticed everybody looking at the TV over the entrance, the first tower had just been hit, I thought it was an accident, went and got my cheque, came back and stood near enough to hear the commentary, then the truth dawned.....
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Fri Feb 03, 2006 2:06 pm

I always sleep with my radio on. That morning I woke up and was listening to the music when the initial reports came on about a small plane hitting the first tower. I didnt have class until 1030 central and so I went out to the living room and turned on the tv. Shortly after, the second plane hit.
I went to class and we turned on the tv in the classroom to watch the news unfold. The chief instructor of the flight school I was going to came in and said that although this is a horrible situation, we need to focus on our studies and turn the tvs off. Apparently our ground instructor did not agree with this, since he told us to go take a break and come back in an hour or so. We all went to the student lounge and watched as everything continued to unfold. I have to say that I generally watch the local news and the world news each night, but I remember watching only the news anytime I turned on my tv for days after that horrible day (which I had plenty of spare time cause if I remember correctly we couldnt fly for almost 10days after 9/11).
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Fri Feb 03, 2006 3:08 pm

Sleeping in my NYC crashpad when phone rang. I thought it was AA crew scheduling calling to give me a trip but it was my Mom checking in to see if I was ok because she heard the news first.
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Fri Feb 03, 2006 3:47 pm

I was just waking up on that morning to go to school (8th grade), and my mom was talking to my dad. She said, "I don't want to scare the kids, if there's been a terrorist attact, I don't want them to be scared." I went downstairs and listened to the radio, hearing that the North Tower has collapsed. I remember a few mothers came and pulled their children out of school.
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Fri Feb 03, 2006 5:00 pm

This is day is one of those days I remember exactly everything I did for the entire day.

It was my junior year in college. I had set my alarm to go off at 730AM as I needed to finish some homework in time for my 900 AM PR class. I remember opening my eyes and the bright sunshine coming in thru my bedroom window. I pressed the snooze alarm. It turned on 10 minutes later, this time I decided to turn on the tv, just to have some background noise. I think the first plane had just hit five minutes before i turned on the tv. And I saw that there was smoke coming out one of the WTC towers, I didnt think much about. I thought that probably CNN was doing a report on what happened in 1993. Five minutes later I got up and payed attention to what was going on, when I saw that a second plane hit I knew this was something big and started changing to every news channel. I remember i just sat at the edge of my bed just watching at what was going on. Around 40 minutes went by when I noticed I was going to be late for class.. So I took "in and out" type of shower and got dressed quickly. And as I was walking to class from my college apartment I remember saying to myself, I wonder if anyone in the other dorms know whats going. When I got to class I noticed that everyone was talking about what was going on and we were trying to get a signal on one of the television sets in the classroom, but it didnt work. When the PR professor got there, she told us class was canceled and to go home. I saw the moment the first tower collapsed when I was going by our school's newspaper office. Once I was back at my apartment I tried to call home (chicago) but all the phone lines were busy.

That day I just sat in front of the TV watching everything that was going on. I remember I went outside several times and looked up at the sky and not seeing any airplanes. I could not believe that this had happened that it brought our aviation industry to a stop.  frown  One of those days I will remember the rest of my life.
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Fri Feb 03, 2006 6:29 pm

I was at a teaching training course for new staff members at my university. We had morning tea in the training rooms, but one of the instructors went to the reception to get something and heard the news there. He came back and told us two planes hit the WTC and another the Pentagon. We thought this is so unreal and impossible that it was one of the training methods, like "how do you go on with your teaching in a difficult situation...". The instructor reassured us that it was for real, and we would extend the break so that we could go to our rooms and watch the news. We went on a bit later, but it was incredibly tough. Nobody was really concentrating, and we all spent the night glued to the TV. The second day was slightly better, although we all were tired and still shocked.

Certainly one of those days you never want to see happen again - too many innocent lives lost for absolutely no plausible reason!

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Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:02 pm

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Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:30 pm

I was sleeping in my little two-room apartment, when a friend of mine came banging on the door at 10 am Eastern time to tell me that two planes had crashed into and knocked over both towers of the WTC. Half asleep, I wondered what he was babbling on about, and then I turned my portable stereo to a news channel. When they said that the twin towers had fallen, I just about froze in place with my jaw dropping to the floor. I then remembered something very chilling: I have family in NYC. I ordered my friend to take me to a phone ASAP. He drove me to his apartment just up the road and turned on the TV while I tried relentlessly to get through to my folks in New York. It finally sank in when I saw the footage on the TV. The World Trade Center had indeed been struck by a pair of 762's and fallen. Many thousands feared dead. I almost broke down in tears. My hometown had been attacked. Two of New York's most famous landmarks, of which I had visited multiple times and have fond memories of, were gone.

I was not able to contact my family members until the next day. The news was a relief: everyone was at home in Queens during the attacks. I was fortunate and thanking The Almighty One that he didn't take my loved ones from me.

I, like many others I'm sure, still get choked up when I think of 9/11, or visit Ground Zero. And I hold back tears as I write this. I went to the top of the World Trade many times with my beloved Grandfather to enjoy the spectacular view (and I do mean SPECTACULAR). With the WTC gone and my Grandfather gone (he passed on November 11th, 2004) I will never be able to enjoy those visits again.

Alot of people lost much more than I did on that day. They lost loved ones. To all those people: I feel your pain, and send you my love and prayers.

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Fri Feb 03, 2006 10:15 pm

Just an interesting side note:

I have a cousin that worked at the Border's Booksellers right next door to the WTC, and if she hadn't been late to work that morning, she'd probably be gone. Very scary.

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Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:49 pm

I was still living in New Zealand and was in the middle of moving houses and i woke up with my parents telling me that the big towers in new york had been hit, I didnt really think much of it.

Then i went to school as normal and was all the talk and our teacher decided that we should watch the tv and follow what was happening then it collapsed we all just watched it in shock we were only 13 at the time but it was quite a chilling experience, and i remember an announcement comming over the prinipal telling us all that they had collapsed.
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Sat Feb 04, 2006 3:12 am

I live blocks away from the WTC site, but on that day, I was in the warm waters of Mediterranean, already afternoon, diving in a small bay with no one else but my parents and my wife. When I realized that my mom swimming all the way out, I was kinda happy because she never swims far. When she came near me her first words were: " I don't want you to be upset, but how close do you live to the WTC?"
It took me two weeks to get back, and when I opened our door, as if the time had stopped. Everything was just like how we left them, inside this bubble of ours, and nothing will be the same outside.
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Sat Feb 04, 2006 3:46 am

I was at gate F7 at AMS, boarding KL887 to HKG. I was at the gatereader checking boardingcards/tickets and pasports as a Flying Dutchman Royal Wing passenger (elite) told me (laughing!) that a plane flew into the WTC. I didnot believe it until I saw it myself at one of the airport TVs.

At that time most passengers didn't realise the impact of the attack, or better, at that time it was thought to be an accident iso a terrorist attack.

Flight KL887 left on-time (4.25pm), but soon after that all intercontinental flights to the USA/Canada and Middle East were grounded.

My shift normally was from 1.00pm to 9.00pm, but I left the building that day at 02.30am.....Everybody was asked (told) to stay longer in order to assist passengers from cancelled flights, which was difficult as the situation got worse.
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Sat Feb 04, 2006 4:37 am

Well, I was preparing for an exam in materials science with a few colleagues from university in my apartment when I got a text message from a friend on my cellphone saying something about explosions in front of the WTC. None of us could imagine how severe the situation was, but nonetheless we turned on the TV. At this time there was news coverage on all channels. The first tower was already gone. What a horrible sight.
I than phoned my parents who were on vacation at this time, and my father told me they just got into the car, turned on the radio and thought it was some kind of 'War of the Worlds' radio play... Wish he would have been right!

One or two days later I was more than upset to hear in the news that investigations led to the assumption that some of the hijackers studied at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, which is where I study, and that they even lived in the same street like me (Marienstraße - Atta, Bahaji and the other terrorists in no. 54, me in no. 72). I never noticed them, neither in the street, nor at the university. But anyways... Not the best feeling at all Sad

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Sat Feb 04, 2006 4:59 am

Mie isn't that intresting.

Logging onto the internet at school at about 1445 British time I saw some report about a plane hitting something and I remember not thiking much of it (Ie: it was a light aircraft crash it's a shame but life goes on). Just after I got home at about 1520 I turned on the TV and saw that the the following caption "One of the twin towers of the world trade center has collapsed".
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Sat Feb 04, 2006 9:25 am

I myself was also in 7th grade at the time of 9/11.
I remember though i didnt go to school that day at the regular hours because i was at an appointment. I was watching Maury Povich on TV and then all the sudden it turned off due to a BREAKING NEWS, I personally was pissed cause they were about to reveal something special.... but then, all the sudden i see and Aircraft Crashed into World Trade Center. I was shocked... i thought ok this is just a fluke accident... didnt happen on purpose or nothing... next thing i see.. there is another plane in the screen now, and then BOOOM, the second 767 rammed its Target.
later when the first building collapsed i heard it on the news, also the hit on the pentagon, same situation!...
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Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:26 am

I had just delivered a load of breakfast cereal in The Bronx, and was resting watching TV at a NJ rest area when my satellite went nuts as my dispacther was trying to get ahold of me to see if I was alright, or if I was "trapped" in the masses escaping the city. After telling him I was fine, he told me to deadhead (drive empty with a 53 foot trailer) to Montreal. They wanted us all out of the country ASAP until they figured out what was going on. At the border, it took 3 hours exiting US customs, and 5 minutes with Canada Customs. Once in Montreal, they gave me a load to Illinois (go figure!) 3 days to clear a load of styrofoam bicycle helmets!
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Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:56 pm

I was in my sophmore year at Tulane in New Orleans.

The attacks happened just as my 8am Spanish class was getting started. No one came and told us what happened. I ate breakfast after class and was walking out to go to my next class when I noticed a group huddled around a TV. Then I knew. I skipped my 9:30 class and ran home. Just in time to see the 2nd tower collapse.

What a horrible day.
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Sat Feb 04, 2006 1:15 pm

We were on a Holland America cruise aboard the Ms. Maasdam, getting ready to go diving in Grand Cayman. We were in a small room aboard the ship waiting for our tender ferry to arrive and somebody said a plane hit the WTC but that was all they knew.

We did not give it much thought until we got to the dive shop, a while later and saw the second tower get hit. We proceeded with the dive and while we were underwater, diving one of the world's top dive spots, the towers fell. We returned and two men, both Marines sprinted off to try to catch a flight back home to report to their respective stations. We sat at the dive shop and watched the news for around an hour. Afterwards we went back to the city/town and shopped but that was the main topic of discussion. My uncle is an AA Captain and flys the B757/767 aircraft from his base in MIA to JFK/LGA/BOS all the time so we were very worried about him. We didnt find out until later that evening that he was okay, but he knew the Captain of the AA767 that hit the WTC, I guess they roomed together furing their Navy years and he saw him around the system sometimes.

We went back to the ship, and as we steamed out of Grand Cayman towards Cozumel, Mexico we watched President Bush's speech on TV. It was quite the somber mood.

The very next day, we snorkled in Cozumel. We returned to the ship where the Captain called everybody into the performance hall where he announced that a small air tour aircraft carrying 12 passengers and 1 of the Holland America crew had crashed while flying around the ruins of Chichen-Itza (sp) and all aboard were killed. So, in the span of two days we had 9-11, then lost 13 people aboard the ship.

It was very eery afterwards, because we were not allowed into Key West, FL so we circled off the coast of Florida.....in a hurricane, waiting to be allowed entry into the US. I was never so happy for a vacation to end. I wanted to be back home, not necessarily in my house but on U.S. soil. We flew DL, FLL-ATL-SAN the very first day the U.S. airspace was reopened. That too was odd....everybody was very different than when we transited ATL a week before, understandably so.
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Sat Feb 04, 2006 1:35 pm

I just remember seeing a missing man formation of T-38s fly over Randolph AFB around 8 in the morning. Of course later I found out why...
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Sat Feb 04, 2006 2:30 pm

I was asleep until the latter part of the afternoon.
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Sat Feb 04, 2006 3:19 pm

I remember my mom came in my room at 7am PST, telling me to turn on the tv. One of my school friends had called our house early waking her up. I opened my shutters that face East and saw a bright sky as the sun was rising. I turned on the tv and was not sure exactly what was happening. I went to my living room and turned on Good Day LA the local FOX morning show. By this time the 1st tower had collapsed and I remember watching a reporter giving a live broadcast a few blocks away when the 2nd tower began to fall. One of the show hosts said she didn't think she could see the 2nd tower anymore, then it hit me. It was 728am.

As I realised it was an attack all of the sudden I felt scared for my own life. I figured if it could happen back on the East Coast it wasn't that crazy to think Los Angeles could be a target. I started hoping we were far enough away from downtown if anything was to happen. (I live near 15min south from Imperial HIll) I could not believe that something on this scale was happening in real life. I felt that all the laws and rules in the world were being thrown out the window and there was no order anymore. It is a feeling I have never felt since then. My school district had not closed, and I went to school reluctantly. The whole day all my classes watched the news, and no work was done. At the end of the day everyone got a letter to give to our parents saying that the district wanted to conduct school and not let the attacks stop our daily lives. Looking back, I don't think it was the right thing to do. In a way it seemed almost disrespectful to those who lost their lives not to stop the school for even that day.

By the end of the night I didn't want to sleep in my own room, so I decided to come sleep outside my parent's room with my dogs. I remember hearing some flights taking off from LAX late that night. I guess headed to NYC.
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Sat Feb 04, 2006 3:44 pm

We were in bed. My wife received a phone call from a friend telling that "something happened in NYC... turn on the TV". We spend practically the whole day watching the news and trying to contact some friends there. They were lucky.
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Sat Feb 04, 2006 6:21 pm

I was actually working as a new-hire FO with the late Chicago Express on the SAAB 340b. It was my third revenue flight ever! We were flying IND-MDW, and received a "notice to airmen" call over the IND Center freq. After we heard "Notice to all airmen", there was a 5-10 second pause followed by "All aircraft are directed to land at the nearest suitable airfield-NO DELAY"! He continued, "Monitor 121.5, and wait for diversion instruction on this freq." On 121.5 there was silence. He continued, "Please do not respond to any radio directives until communication has been established with your assigned arrival airport." "All aircraft confirm directives via squak." We looked at each other, and smiled-in a way that said "this airline pilot thing sucks!" We had no idea of the horrible act that was in motion. He called back, "Citrus 287 decend to 8500ft, and contact CLE arrival", "Windy City 11**, decend to 8000, and contact Indy arrival". We confirmed by squaking the transponder, and began our decent. Shortly after, we received an ACAR message that read, "All flight crews be advised; aircraft are being hijacked by breaching flight decks in flight. Notify FA to remain calm, and advise pax that an FAA directive has been issued to cease air operations immediately for all air carriers, and aircraft. Follow ATC directions and contact schedulling when aircraft is de-planed, and secured." We looked at each other as if we had been hit with frying pan. Shocked, dazed, confused, and frightened. The Captain had been with the company for 2 years, and myself for 2 days! We called Indy arrrival; "Indy Approach, Windy City 11** is with you 9500 for 8000". He relayed arrival instructions, and we called the FA and let her know that all aircraft are being told to land, and to tell her pax that we'll call back there as soon as possible. The airspace was getting clogged with arrivals, but we were able to land in a matter of minutes. The CA called and made an announcement to the pax. "Ladies and Gentlemen, I apologise for this, but all aircraft are being directed to land immediately. Let me assure you that there is no emergency with our aircraft. We are landing at IND, and I'll talk to you more on the ground as we're quite busy at this point. After landing we were told to taxi to a hardstand as our gate had been taken. We parked, and unloaded. Before letting the passengers off the CA had a talk with the 14 passengers onboard that was far too mature than his age of 24 assuring them that he would relay what he heard from the company. The FAbrought them into the terminal, and told them to stay together (a very scared but very proffesional FA). Inside was a TV that was being surrounded. On it was a WTC building in flames. We heard that terrorists had bombed it (incorrect obviously). After they all got a view is when we saw the 767 hit the other tower. When we saw that, all the questions were answered, and all the pieces fell into place. My knees buckled- and our FA cried. It was as if my passion of flight had become something evil- a weapon- a tool of unbelievable destruction, and horror. This thread has brought back many ill-feelings. I thought of flight as if it were Holy. I felt so much hate. My dream job would never be the same, but thankfully has been restored in a way that has made passengers feel comfortable. But I will never forget the flood of emotions, or the proffesionalism of everyone we encountered in the aviation world that day.
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Sat Feb 04, 2006 7:15 pm

I had gone to bed after a night shift, the phone rang downstairs, it was a friend of mine telling me to put BBC news on...................funny but Mr AB and I were with some friends of ours in our Local yesterday and the thread title (as such) came up in conversation.....we reckoned that every single person in general, could tell you where they were and what they were doing when the news broke......strange how tragedy sticks in your mind


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Sat Feb 04, 2006 8:36 pm

I was sleeping at the time of the attack and I got a phone call and my girlfriend told me to watch the news.Then I went to work after they reopened the bridge and sat at the airport and watched the grass grow for the next three days.
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Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:07 am

I was in 8th grade. ALl of a sudden parents were at the school taking their kids home. I was sitting there wondering...what the hell is going on here? By noon, the policy was for teachers to tell us that there was a "minor accident". It wasn't until lunch time, when we weren't allowed to leave the building (it was a nice day weather wise in NY) that I knew something was really wrong. Eventually a teacher whispered to me, as well as a few other kids, the true details about what happened. It didn't all sink in until I actually saw those horrible images on TV. Nonetheless, I was back on a plane on September 21st (along with only about 30 other passengers).
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Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:30 am

I was at my clarinet lesson when the disaster happened, after school. I got home and tuned into the unfolding disaster on TV. I then had a terrible nosebleed.
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Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:40 am

I took a bath .
Seriosly , i can remember it was a wednesday , shortly befor sunset here, i get out of the bath and see a plane crashing into a tower with life written on the side . Then i ask myself since when CNN aires movies ! I didn't really get it until next a few hours later when my dad explained me most of it.
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Sun Feb 05, 2006 4:48 am

I was working in the canteen of a factory as a chef. Just before 14.00, the fire alarms went off and the building was evacuated. At around 15.00 I left to go home, the car radio reporting what was happening in NY. Got home and the TV was covering the events of the day, a summary report came up that just before 14.00 was when the first plane hit the WTC. Totally un connected as I was in Norfolk, England but a strange coincidence.
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Sun Feb 05, 2006 4:59 am

Quoting Mohamed1 (Reply 30):
i can remember it was a wednesday

9-11-01 was a tuesday.

It was the first full week of school of my freshman year of highschool. I was in my third class of the day, german, when the principal came on the intercom and announced that two planes had crashed into the world trade center, and the pentagon had been bombed. My dad works across the street from the world trade center, so I immediately tried to call home, but the lines were tied up. I went back to class and tried to hold myself together, but then in my next class we heard that one of the towers had collapsed. Then I couldn't keep my self calm, and tried to call home, and finally got through, and heard that my dad wasn't in the office that day. I was incredibly relieved. He doesn't have to deal with the images of that day that his coworkers will never forget, such as the sound of the plane as it flew right past their building, and the sound and image of people jumping out of the wtc. He still works in that building across the street. At one point they thought it was going to fall down, but it never did.

For those of you that were thousands of miles away, and said your heart skipped a beat, then mine must have stopped beating for an hour. I am fortunate that I did not lose a family member on that day, but not everybody from my town was that fortunate, I think New Jersey was one of the hardest hit states by 9-11.
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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Sun Feb 05, 2006 5:08 am

Over here it was wednesday . Iam 110per cent sure . no doubt here
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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Sun Feb 05, 2006 5:21 am

I was home (Azores) on vacation from a job in Thailand. Due to the time change it was around noon and I was chatting on the computer with a friend in Thailand when my mom turned on the TV. It was SKY news, so as things unfolded I relayed the news to my friend. I think she thought I was joking, but I can't blame her since things started unfolding so rapidly.

The last time I remember something like that was when Challenger exploded. When you start to collect these "I remember where I was when.... happened" is an indication that you're getting on in age!

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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Sun Feb 05, 2006 9:02 am

I was working at the local SPCA at the time, trying desperately to forget (and keep quiet) that it was my 45th birthday. My mother called and asked me if we had a TV at the shelter as a small plane had flown into the WTC, so we went scrambling to find this dinky little b/w to watch the second plane hit followed by the towers falling. We all spent the day glued to the TV, radio and Internet while still trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy at the shelter...feeding the dogs and cats. Not one animal got adopted that day.
Later, my mother called again to ask the woman I worked with how I was doing,as it was my birthday....so much for keeping THAT quiet. The SPCA went out and bought me a huge strawberry cheesecake, and we all sat trying to eat cheesecake and calling all our family members just to say "I love you". My prayers go out to all who were lost, and who lost family members that day.

I may actually try to change my birthdate, as two years later Bermuda was hit by Hurricane Fabian during which 4 people were killed (September 5). Six days later, on my birthday, we still had no electricity or running water.....
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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Sun Feb 05, 2006 11:34 am

9-11 was my second day of work at Southwest Airlines Flight Ops. My task that morning was to find suitable flights on which to jumpseat. About 90 seconds after the first impact, two of the chief pilots and the VP of flight ops walked past my desk very quickly, talking in urgent but hushed voices. I only heard one sentence clearly...."We know it wasn't one of ours".

A minute or two later, one of the flight safety folks called myself and the other two interns into a conference room to watch television coverage with several employees.

At one point, one of the chief pilots asked the three of us interns to go with him out into a quiet hallway. He spent a couple of minutes reassuring us that everything would be ok, and that he was there for us if we needed anything. He stressed how important it was to pull together and help each other out, and that as long as we did that, we would make it through anything. He really put us at ease, and his effort really meant a lot to me.

After watching the events unfold for an hour or two, I spent the rest of the day....and went on into the night....making phone call after phone call after phone call to every hotel in Southwest's system (and plenty that weren't).

My job was to establish contact with any and all crew at every possible hotel, designate a lead crewmember at that hotel, log the names, location, and contact information, and update and inform them all as needed.

Without exception, each and every crewmember was absolutely, 100% courteous, helpful, and friendly. I was expecting to have to deal with (understandably) stressed-out and frantic people, but I guess everyone understood how counterproductive that would be.

The mood throughout headquarters was somber, but everyone pulled together, kept their chins up, and made me proud to be a part of the airline.


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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:03 pm

I was on my way to work that morning when I first heard of the report of a 'small plane crash at the WTC'. It was about 6:55am Denver time. As soon as I arrived at work, I informed some of my colleagues about it and they didn't seem to think it was a big deal. Minutes later we heard about the second plane... and the rest is history. Didn't accomplish anything that day at work. Most of us spent the day glued to the tv.

Aside from that, I was getting ready to spend a couple of weeks in Italy. I was supposed to fly out Friday, Sept. 14, 2001. I was going to do DEN-LGA (United) and then JFK-VIE (Austrian) and finally VIE-VCE (Tyrolean). Needless to say that schedule never happened. On Wed. the 12th, a friend who was traveling with me convinced me if I was still interested in going on this vacation I should get in my car and start driving east to NYC... he was in Atlanta at the time and was about to do the same. I arrived in the NYC area on Friday around 2:30am... after 30 hours of driving from Denver. By the way, not a pleasant drive when you are in a hurry. On Friday morning we discovered that JFK was closed once again after being open for only a few hours. Austrian told us to try PHL to VIE but it was a no go. In PHL we were told to try IAD on Sunday. We did as told.

At Dulles, the line at the Austrian check in counter was very long and the chances of getting on a flight out were not good, especially for us since our flight was supposed to leave from JFK, and two days ago. While we waited patiently a gentleman from SAS approached us and asked what was our destination. We said Venice and in return he said SAS would gladly honor our tickets and fly us there. In the end we flew Scandinavian IAD-CPH and later Maersk CPH-VCE. Right before leaving I also learned that a friend of mine was aboard the AA flight that hit the Pentagon.

I've been back to Italy twice since 2001, and will be going again in a couple of weeks... however, the experiences of this trip around 9/11 were unforgettable. By the way, flying back to the US on Sept. 29th, 2001 was very somber. I did FCO-BCN-JFK-IAD (and a long drive back home to Denver). The Iberia flight to JFK was relatively empty. A lot of us onboard moved to one side of the plane before landing to take a look at the empty skyline of lower Manhattan. It was very sad indeed.
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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:27 pm

I was seeing a patient at a VA hospital when a bunch of veterans claimed, upon the first hit, that it was a terrrorist attack.

The rest of the facility was on lockdown all day and we cancelled patients, and just walked the hospital grounds campus, pondering the magnitude and events of the day.
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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Sun Feb 05, 2006 4:00 pm

I had just enlisted in the Air Force in May of 2001. On 9/11, I was just about finished my technical training course at Keesler AFB, MS. I remember awaking that morning, getting ready to go to class, as usual. I then heard one of personnel talking about a 'small plane crashing into the WTC'. I don't think much of it and continue on my way to class. I then arrived at the schoolhouse and pass by the main office, which has a TV in it. I pass by right when the second plane hits. I don't really remember much after that, as I was pretty much in shock after that. I do remember that the base was closed down for at least a few days and that I wanted to go home after I graduated the following week, only to have my Mother beg me NOT to fly.
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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Sun Feb 05, 2006 5:35 pm

I was working at a Country Club on the north shore. Being a Tuesday only the ladies were out playing. Right after the first plane hit an old member who hung around the locker room came into the shop and said a small plane hit the WTC. I turned on the TV and started watching, I told him that was no small plane. We were glued to the TV and were shocked to see the second plane hit live. I then drove out to the 17th hole to tell a woman whose brother was there. She didn't lose her cool and was actually too calm. I got back and another woman whose husband was also there was falling apart. Thankfully both men got out. All the ladies came in and were in the shop when the report came that the Pentagon was hit, a couple including our club champ started crying. A male member who drove back from the scene came in and gave us the most unbelievable story about his drive out of lower Manhattan. The rest of the day was spent on the phone making sure our members who worked there got out. We had about 20. By 6Pm we had all except one who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald. We all knew pretty much he had no chance. We also lost a daughter of a member who got a chance to speak to her parents on the phone before she died. We had some more members stop in that barely got out. One was in the lobby when the first plane hit. He told us that the glass and debris came down and the rest was terrible. He was never the same. I then left and stopped at a club down the road my friend worked at. He had done the same I did and was closing up. They lost 4 or 5 members if my memory serves me. I remember that he was leaving and some asshole member shows up and asks where everyone was and wanted to go play. I told him he had to be kidding. My friend told him that the operation was shut down earlier in the day for obvious reasons. Do you know the guy went and played!! If it didn't jeapordize my job I would have spit on him. I then went home and watched the TV. A very dark day for us.
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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Sun Feb 05, 2006 8:30 pm

I was working at my desk at KLM exel when I got a message from a Dutch aviation forum that a small plane had hit one of the WTC towers. When it became clear that it wasn't a small plane at all, I switched on the radio and used that and the internet to keep updated. Obviously our regional operations out of Maastricht and Eindhoven weren't affected by it.
But a few days later, the insurance companies were making big problems and for a moment it looked like the planes would have to be grounded until the issue would be solved. Luckiliy that didn't happen.
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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:25 am

I was in my 2nd Hour Journalism class as a senior in High School. A faculty member knocked on the door and told us to check out the news, as something was happing in NYC. We turned on the TV a minute before the 2nd plane hit, definitly a sight I'll never forget.

It's interesting how every generation has the defining "where were you when...?" scenarios, IE, MLK Jr. assaisinated, Kennedy assaisination, Challenger exploding, kinda makes you think.
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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Tue Feb 07, 2006 5:58 am

I was at work, after the initial shock (which never really left for quite some time) we scrambled to move the few Tristars that were parked on the Central De-ice Facility. During mild temps, the CDF doubles as a parking stand. Capable of holding up to 12 widebodies or as much as 16 narrow bodies. There was an expectation of a far greater number of diversions than what actually happened. So we put a few a/c back, since they were not going to fly anytime soon anyways.

Similarly, I was at CDG on July 25th, 2000. As my Supervisors phone rang, he was told the concorde crashed, with a brief look around, there was the smoke bollowing south of the airport. One of the guys on this assignment was actually in the hotel next to the burning hole in the ground. His little car got covered in dirt. Needless to say, he was messed up for a while.
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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Tue Feb 07, 2006 6:58 am

Quoting Jeffry747 (Reply 10):

Touching story

Quoting AirlineAV8tr (Reply 25):

Touching story

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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:25 am

I remember it well:

I was in 8th grade at the time. I woke up about 6:30AM PST (9:30 EST), and got my usual cereal and milk, and sat down to listen to X103.9, the local rock station. As I turn it on, I hear the DJs talking about a plane hitting the World Trade Center. I instantly told my parents, and turned on the TV. Our family didn't have cable at this point, so I adjusted the antenna and got ABC, showing live feeds. By that time, both planes had hit both towers, but they were showing replays of the second plane hitting.

I was shocked beyond belief. Not only had I visited the WTC less than a year before, I had flown back from New York in an AA 767-200, the same type that hit the building. Just before I headed out to school, I saw the first tower collapse, and I could not believe it was actually happening. Once I got to school, I saw the second collapse live. I just could not personify into words what was going through my head at that moment.

Even worse, I found out my dad and grandma were in Manhattan at the time. They were far enough away to not be in danger, but my grandma, who had had lung cancer and was told in 1995 that she would only live for another year yet had amazingly lived through till then, unknowingly inhaled the dust and fine particles, pretty much causing her death on January 12, 2002.

Being a native New Yorker, an American, and a relative of an (indirect) victim, I will never forget what happened, and I hope those who died and those who performed heroic deeds that day are never forgotten. I suggest you watch Flight 93 if it comes on again. Its a very moving movie...
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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:26 am

In class (5th grade) didn't find out until noon. Had family flying to PHX from EWR on CO. Heart skipped way to many beats until we found out his flight was on the ground (I think MCI, not sure). Friends uncle was the only one who survived from his ladder b/c he was watching the truck, so sad.  Sad
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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Wed Feb 08, 2006 1:38 am

In my second year at an Aviation Software company. Just returned from lunch at 2pm and was settling down to work. My colleague bounded in saying "Have you heard about that plane that's crashed into the World Trade Center?" We replied No? and started joking how somebody would be sure to get in trouble for that one...

I had visions of the military plane that went onto the Empire State Building and thought it would be a similar blunder.

We couldn't get onto CNN but it wasn't long before "Terrorism" was being bounded around. We put the TV on BBC1 to see the second plane going in, then it struck. I remember saying "This is big", and one of my colleagues saying "Remember this morning because Aviation will never be the same again". I never thought I'd agree with him cos he was an idiot but somehow this was true.

My boss got all compassionate and told us to make any phone calls we wanted to, and one of our clients emailed us to say he was stuck in his office high on one of the towers, and to let us know everything would be alright. We found out a couple of weeks later that he didn't get out.

I left work and rang my (now) wife, I was frightened as she was in the centre of Nottingham about to get a bus home, thinking "what if they get the big ciies here too".

I drove home and it was just weird - everywhere was quiet, there was an atmosphere I haven't seen again since then. People wandered about in a daze. I had Radio 5 Live on to get the latest updates, and then got home and watched it all night on CNN.

That one day, as normal as it started, sticks in my mind vividly. It's interesting to see how everyone came together from all around the world that afternoon, and how we all remember what we were doing.
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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Wed Feb 08, 2006 4:20 am

I was only like 11 years old, and I was sitting and eating dinner with my family at aproximately 5pm when I heard on the radio something about four airplanes and we didnt really get it clearly, so we went down to watch the TV.
When we got there I saw how the planes crashed into the buildings.
Even though I was only 11, I remember that I realised that it was really serious, that I was in shock, that it was like an unreal movie...

I also remember that for the first time ever (and the only time until now too), the attack was the only thing on the frontpage, no other news.

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RE: What Were You Doing On September 11th, 2001?

Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:41 am

Quoting Mohamed1 (Reply 33):
Over here it was wednesday . Iam 110per cent sure . no doubt here

Quoting Mohamed1 (Reply 33):

It happened about 8:42am-10:00am EDT, so you are implying there is at least a 14 hour time difference between EDT and Egypt? You taking a bath at 1 am?
According to timeanddate.com, right now there is only an 8 hour difference between NYC and Cairo.

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