Where were you on September 11th 2001?

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#201 Post by slat » Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:50 pm

I took the day off work. My girlfriend and I watched the events unfold on tv after I heard that a plane crashed into the WTC on the radio.
We spent the remainder of the day in shock, glued to the tele.
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#202 Post by The Velvet Fog » Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:18 pm

I was working departure control at YYZ. It was not a good day.

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#203 Post by Four1oh » Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:27 pm

I was at home sleeping, and got a call from my girlfriend to turn on the news because a 'small airplane' had hit one of the towers(that's how the news reported it) I turned on the tv to see a tower on fire, then 10 seconds later, a very obviously large airliner hit the 2nd tower. I think I stood front of the tv for the next 4 hours... lost track of time. I think I watched about 10 hours worth of TV that day.

Still as fresh as if it had happened yesterday.
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#204 Post by Krashman » Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:49 pm

I was in the third day of flight training... questioning the profession I had chosen.

I made it all the through and am living the dream now!
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#205 Post by bmc » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:47 am

I was at work (IATA) here in Geneva. It was 3pm local and my homepage:
http://www.newsnow.co.uk/newsfeed/?name=Airlines

Started showing stories of a plane hitting the towers. Within ten minutes, we were upstairs in our conference center with TV footage played on a giant movie screen. About sixty of us werein there watching the second plane hit the tower.
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#206 Post by x15 » Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:21 am

I was finishing my Multi IFR ride at the same time the first plane hit. By the time the second plane hit I was applying for a job at the home depot because thats where i spent the next 3 months because of the incredible job market that followed that act.
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#207 Post by YWGVOR » Mon Aug 27, 2007 7:40 am

I remember just getting up and starting to get ready to goto my instructing job when my mom called me and said a plane flew into a building in New York.. by the time I got my contact lenses in and the idiot box onto CNN I saw the second plane hit...
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#208 Post by niss » Mon Aug 27, 2007 7:58 am

Was at the caf. in school, a buddy came up to me and told me a plane hit the twin towers and peopel were jumping. It sounded so unbelivable, I thought he was slinging some bullshit. I said "ya sure, and the CN Tower is a giant missle thats being launched now. He looked at me kind of funny and walked away. When I got to my science class they had the tv on and showed the towers burning, and the people jumping. I didnt say much after that.
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#209 Post by GilletteNorth » Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:35 am

I was at work at the airport when we were told 'something' was happening in the states. There were fragments of reports during the day. I had to refamiliarize myself with SCATANA rules as faxes started coming in closing all airspace in North America. The last flight I saw after the next few hours of returning aircraft was a couple of CF-18's launching from Inuvik to intercept an asian carrier inbound to Whitehorse. They had just arrived to begin an annual exercise and we never saw them again. I have to say I was a bit peeved at the way the Americans closed their airspace and expected Canadians to accept all remaining airborne flights (and possibly terrorist controlled flying bombs) into their airspace. Thankfully there weren't any and our air traffic system were able to handle all unexpected arrivals.
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#210 Post by chu me » Mon Aug 27, 2007 10:08 am

I was born two days later. Now I'm an F/O on a Dash-8 at Jazz!!!!!
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#211 Post by styles » Mon Aug 27, 2007 12:36 pm

I was in tech class at my highschool. The teacher just rolled in the tv and turned it on. Thats how i found out. It was a nice sunny day at the time and then i just went home to watch the tube. I was at the airport later that day planning my first cross country trip within the next few days. I was the only one there with my instructor. very odd.

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#212 Post by AV8R » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:39 pm

I was in the air "instructing" when the first tower was struck and then ordered to land immediately.
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#213 Post by Four1oh » Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:41 pm

chu me wrote:I was born two days later. Now I'm an F/O on a Dash-8 at Jazz!!!!!
:shock: :lol: oh man, that's bad! funny, but bad!
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#214 Post by Meecka » Tue Aug 28, 2007 3:22 am

I was doing the dishes at my parent's place having just been layed- off from Voyageur days earlier. 2 weeks later I was working up north.
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#215 Post by jetboy1975 » Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:25 pm

In a hotel in Teterboro N.J waiting for passengers to return from a business meeting in the nirth tower. They left 30 mins before the first strike.
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#216 Post by atpilot » Thu Aug 30, 2007 4:32 pm

I was on a charter flight out of YXU. Was told by Cleveland center to expedite my descent into Toledo. Was there for 3 days. Finally made it back to Canada and got married on the 22nd. I'll never forget 911.
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#217 Post by lucky37 » Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:20 pm

2 weeks prior I was in NYC standing underneath those towers, and when they hit I was in my first week at aviation college in T-bay. Terrible day for the world.
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#218 Post by Mark_space » Sat Sep 01, 2007 1:15 am

I was doing annual First Aid training with the rest of my unit in Kingston. The base was in an uproar that day as our civvy support staff was on strike, picketing the front gate. Traffic backed-up all the way down Highway 2, and tempers were short.

During a break, one of the students tells us that a plane just crashed into the WTC. Grim, I thought...We carry on with class, next break, we hear the same thing..."The same plane?"..."No, ANOTHER plane!". Needless to say, our mind wasn't on training after that, and the Union wisely ceased it's job action later that day...

By March, I was in Kandahar with the rest of my detachment, living in a 3-man recce tent, eating MRE's and getting rocketed by the Taliban...
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#219 Post by ... » Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:38 pm

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Re: Where were you on September 11th 2001?

#220 Post by flying4dollars » Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:00 pm

was gettin ready for my 1st day of classes at college.
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#221 Post by MichaelP » Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:42 pm

A whole bunch of us were watching the happenings on the box in Pro...
We were witness to the chinese airliners coming in to CYVR escorted by F15s.
I was told the F15s were in CYVR airspace without clearances.
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#222 Post by C23flyer » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:02 pm

I was sitting in a social work training session in Toronto when someone interrupted and broke the news around 9:30 am. My immediate thoughts went to my wife, who was supposed to be flying from Boston to New York that day. I wasn't sure of the time of her flight and I couldn't reach her until sometime later. She had been delayed in a meeting in Boston, and was fine. Eerie. Very eerie.
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#223 Post by grover » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:18 pm

i was getting ready for work in dispatch at wasaya in yqt. went in for the afternoon shift of the nightmare of trying to figure out where all our planes had been stranded and were all our passengers taken care of?...
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Re: Where were you on September 11th 2001?

#224 Post by Rotten Apple #1 » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:27 pm

I had taken advantage of the time off after my A330 conversion course that occurred in the latter part of August (in Zurich). Some NF buddies of mine (1 pilot friend + brother, 1 QX controller) and I had gathered in San Diego for some debauchery. Following the end of offical festivities, me and my buddy's brother drove north to catch our flights out of LAX (in the convertible mustang; very cool...)

On the way, I firmly decided to stay an extra night at a youth hostel near to LAX. I had found out about the place from an ad in a local rag, and wanted to celebrate one last night, prior to the start of my line indoc on the 330.

I checked in, started partying with my roommate (An Aussie with YVR time), and woke up with a big head the next morning only to discover the news.

I think that was a Tuesday morning, and I knew I had to be back in YYZ for the following weekend to start my line indoc. I ended up taking a Greyhound bus packed with a bunch of unhappy, JD drinkin' rednecks. And some non-white people who took the brunt of the verbal abuse from the JD drinkin' rednecks.

Got home after a 27 hour bus ride to Seattle, a rental car to Vancouver (with 2 other Canadians from the bus, after we saw the customs lineup), and a standby ticket trip from YVR-YYZ the following day to end the trip.

Made it to YYZ in time. Did my line indoc. Got a total of 91 hours in the right seat of the 330 before Canada 3000 closed the doors.

Ahhh, September 11.
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#225 Post by ditar » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:02 pm

I was in my fourth year of university. Every morning prior to that one, my routine would involve me getting up and reading the news online or turning on Newsworld/CNN while eating breakfast before leaving for class. Strangely enough, that morning I did not but instead went straight to my first class of the day. When I got there I took my regular spot and some friends behind me were busy discussing something that sounded interesting so I turned around and asked them what was going on. They looked at me incredulously and said "you haven't heard?!" and I just shrugged my shoulders. When they proceeded to describe the events I'm sure my eyes became wide as saucers and I recall feeling a bit out of it. The professor then walked in and gave his lecture like he did every other day but my mind was nowhere nearby. When class ended I ran to the nearest computer I could find and spent most of the remaining day there reading every news site I could find and then went home and was glued to the TV until the early hours of the morning. I still have the following day's newspapers, Time and Macleans magazines, etc. The odd time that I come across them going through my junk it still boggles my mind to flip through them. I remember it unfolding like yesterday.
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