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NEVER FORGET !

At 8:45 a.m. on September 11, 2001, an American Airlines Boeing 767, Flight 11, collided into the World Trade Center’s north tower in New York City immediately killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in the 110-story skyscraper. Only 18 minutes later, a second Boeing 767, United Airlines Flight 175, flew into the south tower. Both towers afire, burning debris covered the surrounding buildings and the streets below while hundreds jumped from the towers to their deaths in an attempt to escape. About 30 minutes later, a third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, crashed into the west side of the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. and a fourth plane, United Flight 93, crash-landed into a field in Pennsylvania killing all 40 souls on board. Meanwhile, both World Trade Center towers collapsed into a terrifying and deadly inferno of rubble.

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9/11: Cleared for Chaos  adds another, vital piece to the story. The one-hour documentary special chronicles how the small team of air-traffic controllers at Gander airport handled the unexpected task of landing a vast number of planes. They had the lives of many thousands of people in their hands and they did it with aplomb. With ingenuity and calmness, these unsung heroes fulfilled the mission.

The program works terrifically, first establishing the confusion and fear on that morning. The very first voices we hear are the controllers in Gander: “America 49, you will be landing in Gander, now get your plane in line” and “You do not understand me, U.S. air space has been closed.” Then we get a short, vivid account of the attacks and decision to get every plane in North American air space on the ground.

'911-Cleared for Chaos' - Discovery Channel Wed Sep 11 @ 10:00P

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it was very cool to hear it from the actual controllers that were handling Gander that day.  They did their profession proud.  Took control and got the job done like true professionals.  Even the off duty came in of their own volition to help.

Did Canada proud that day and the ones that followed.

 

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