I applaud the New York Times and their interactive page they’ve titled The Story in the Air.
With a second plane, United 175, also missing, a manager from F.A.A.’s New York Center tells the F.A.A. Command Center, in Herndon, Va., to alert the military immediately.
MULLIGANCheck with your NOM (operations manager), do you know if anyone down there has done any coordination to scramble fighter-type airplanes?
MULLIGANNo, we have several situations going, going on here, it is escalating big, big time, and we need to get the military involved with us.
BELLWhy, what’s going on?
MULLIGANJust get me somebody who has the authority to get military in the air, now.
BELLAlright, I’ll go tell ‘em.
9:02 AM 0 minute, 39 seconds
The controllers observe a plane in a rapid descent, then United 175 hit the World Trade Center.
UNKNOWNHey, can you look out your window right now?
UNKNOWNCan you, can you see a guy at about 4,000 feet, about five east of the airport right now, look’s like he’s …
TRACONYeah, I see him.
UNKNOWNDo you see that guy, look, is he descending into the building also?
TRACONHe’s descending really quick too, Yeah.
UNKNOWNWell that’s …
TRACONForty five hundred right now, he just dropped 800 feet in like, like one, one sweep.
UNKNOWNThat’s another situation.
UNKNOWNWhat kind of airplane is that, can you guys tell?
TRACONI don’t know, I’ll read it out in a minute.
BACKGROUNDAnother one just hit the building.
BACKGROUND[indistinct] Wow. Another one just hit it hard. Another one just hit the World Trade.
TRACONThe whole building just ah came apart.
BACKGROUNDOh my God.
UNKNOWNHoly smoke. All right, I guess you guys are going to be busy.
I strongly suggest you take the time to check this page out.
10 years later, it’s still riveting, stomach churning, horrific.