09.11.2001, as it happened: The towers are hit

As the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001 approaches, let’s think about it each day this week.

8:46 a.m.American Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, striking between floors 93 and 99 while traveling at an estimated 465 mph. The location of the impact prevents anyone in the building above the 92nd floor from evacuating.

Each of us remembers when they first realized what was happening. I was at work. When the second plane hit, my boss ran into my office and said, “It’s terrorism!”

Just about anyone who was alive and old enough on Sept. 11, 2001, can tell you where they were and what they were doing the moment they heard about the terror attacks that toppled the Twin Towers, brought down Flight 93 in Pennsylvania and ravaged the Pentagon.

Many Americans share stories about being in class, driving to work, huddling around a television or calling a friend to share in the disbelief on that Tuesday morning.

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3 Responses to 09.11.2001, as it happened: The towers are hit

  1. stella says:

    I can’t imagine what it must have been like for the surviving employees of this company. I cried as I watched it. One third of their employees were killed on 9/11/01 at the World Trade Center.

    We usually think about those who lost their lives, but less often about those who survived.

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  2. czarina33 says:

    Several channels have shows this week. My favorite is about the French filmmaker brothers who were working with a Firehouse and caught not only the first plane going into the tower, but the next one and the ensuing story of that firehouse.

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  3. auscitizenmom says:

    My mother had called that morning and my father had internal bleeding. So, I was on my way to take him to the hospital. And, that is where we heard about what had happened, in the waiting room. It was all surreal.

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