September 11th 2001 changed our world from airline travel, to patriotism, and outlook on terrorism in general. The day started as a normal Tuesday morning. People were making their way to work and kids were going to school, but they had no clue that they would remember this day for the rest of their lives. Everything changed at 8:45 am when the north tower of the world trade center in New York city was under attack.
Flight 11 left Boston’s Logan airport at 8am heading to Los Angeles. Aboard the plan was 81 passengers and 11 crew members. About 46 minutes into the flight a terrorist group called al-Qaeda took over the plane and crashed into the world trade centers north tower. The last transmission between air traffic control to the plane was 8:13 am. Air traffic control directed the flight to turn 20 degrees right, which the flight acknowledged. At 8:46 flight 11 crashed into the north tower. It went between floors 93 to 99.
Flight 175 was leaving Boston at 8:14 am heading to Los Angeles. Aboard the plane was 56 passengers and 9 crew members. Five hijackers were on board and took over 30 minutes into the flight. At 8:51 air traffic control notices and tried to contact the cockpit, but was unsuccessful. At this time most people had their tv on and were watching what was going on. At 9:03 am everyone watched flight 175 crash into the south tower. It was 56 minutes later the south tower collapsed resulting in hundreds of casualties.
Flight 77 was leaving Washington Dulles heading to Virginia at 8:20 am. Aboard the flight was 58 passengers and 6 crew members. Less than 35 minutes into the flight the hijackers took over. The plane was crashed into the western side of the pentagon at 9:37 am. The crash caused a large fire and a portion of the pentagon collapsed.
Flight 93 was leaving New Jersey heading to San Francisco at 8:00 am. Aboard the flight was 37 passengers and 7 crew members. At 46 minutes into the flight the hijackers took over the plane. During this time the passengers acted and tried to overpower the hijackers. This resulted in the plane crashing into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. No one is sure what the intended target was. All the information in this article is from:
The United States was very impacted by this tragic event. No one in school got to experience this tragic event. High school student have all learned and watched video’s in our history class about this day, but what was it like in real time? How did this make people feel? Mrs. Betts and Mr. Lewis were interviewed to see what it was like to live through this tragic event.
“Do you remember what you were doing that day if so what was it?” Mr. Lewis responded with “ I remember being in 10th grade Social Studies class when my teacher turned the TV on to show the news channel that was showing the Twin Towers after the first plane hit.” Mrs. Betts said, “On September 11th, I was in 7th grade. It was picture day and I was in History class when my teacher told us that a plane had crashed into the Twin Towers.”
Mr. Lewis added, “All of the teachers were communicating with each other since every news channel was showing the events as they happened; almost every teacher in the school turned the classroom TV’s on so the students could see what was going on.” Mrs. Betts responded with “I didn’t understand what was truly going on because our teachers didn’t have working TV’s in the room. It wasn’t until I got home and saw the news that I realized the United States had been attacked.”
Mr. Lewis said, “9/11 impacted my life by motivating me to enlist in the Army after graduation. I then wanted to continue my service by joining the Air Force after my enlistment period was up with the Army. Finally, I wanted to continue to serve my community by becoming a Police Officer. 9/11 has had a direct impact on my career choices and where I am today.” Mrs. Betts responded with, “It opened my eyes to see how some people can be so bad, but also so good. The stories of the heroes are very inspiring to me. I hope that I can help others as those did that day and the following weeks after.”