9/11 ATC Transcripts & Audio - FAA NORAD Tapes

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    Courtesy: Rutgers Law Review

    A New Type of War - The Story of the FAA and NORAD Response to the September 11, 2001 Attacks Full PDF transcript here: bit.ly/pANwPq


    Video transcript is not 100% synched, but included for reference.


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  • Poker Invest
    Poker Invest 5 years ago +3210

    Listening to all of this, I realise that I am a clueless person that lives in a world that I take for granted whilst I am surrounded by people that dedicate their lives in making sure that clueless people like myself are protected. Thank you.

    • Uffe Dahlman
      Uffe Dahlman 9 days ago

      Best comment ever

    • Jackie Acheson
      Jackie Acheson 3 months ago

      @Rd Red yeah, it wasn't bin laden. Nope.

    • Rd Red
      Rd Red 3 months ago

      @Jackie Acheson RIGHT?

      Gee three Saudi citizens are learning to fly, but not interested in how to land the plane?
      Enrages me to this day.

      Just read a book by Osama Bin Ladins son, and he said when he saw the news that day, he KNEW it was his father.

      He hated it.

    • Kuragari
      Kuragari 3 months ago

      @A Potato if you are open minded, look up how the bbc reported building 7 fell WAY before it actually did, just proves its all a script

    • richard harkness
      richard harkness 3 months ago

      The very fact that you have even the slightest realization or question as to that proves that you are by definition NOT clueless.

  • Aiden Rae
    Aiden Rae 2 years ago +828

    I think a lot of people forget how unprecedented this was. Before this, hijacked planes had ALWAYS landed and demanded ransom or something similar, there was never an instance of them being used in suicide attacks. Everyone here did an amazing job given the circumstances.

    • BettyTuna Breath
      BettyTuna Breath 12 days ago

      This isn't Delta force with Chuck Norris.

    • Lilia
      Lilia 13 days ago

      Yeah it’s crazy.. I didn’t know that was the case until a lot later! But I was also either not born or very very little for some that happened (though I do know now there were numerous others that happened around the globe even growing up).

    • lucymisti
      lucymisti 4 months ago

      @Mara Kahl thank you! Very normal in the airline industry for any accident/incident when you get a phone call.

    • T M
      T M 4 months ago

      @Mara Kahl ok, listen....I was a hardcore conspiracy theorist, but as I aged from teen to mid 30s and gained more "respect" (I guess you could say) in an area where a lot of WEALTHY Pittsburgh people own property at Indian Lake, I've became friends with a lot more people and would hear their stories. None of their stories were conspiracy....they did have questions, but not that deep as they saw a lot and heard around town. These wealthy people aren't mega wealthy like in the billions but 10s to 100s millions...not high enough to be in the elite club with government....then you have farmers, high-middle income lake house owners like me, and everything in between. I've definitely heard crazy conspiracies in my other residence about 20 miles away though...

    • Mara Kahl
      Mara Kahl 4 months ago +1

      @knielsen50 ok listen to that again he’s asking IF it’s an exercise in no way does that make it sound like there was one

  • The SeanUhTron
    The SeanUhTron 3 years ago +1349

    These days if you're an airliner and you don't respond to ATC, you'll have interceptors on you in minutes. The world learned a tragic lesson that day.

    • Lilia
      Lilia 13 days ago

      @Jack That’s still pretty darn fast compared to on 9/11!

    • Matthew Maccaro
      Matthew Maccaro 2 months ago

      Yeah the lesson was to never trust your government again

    • Larry Studer
      Larry Studer 3 months ago

      @7071t6 i doubt anybody could get a shaped explosive charge thru all the TSA screenings today.

    • irishfuk
      irishfuk 4 months ago

      During the Cold War when I grew up you couldn't enter the United States airspace without picking up interceptors immediately. After the Cold War ended we relaxed and the terrorists took advantage of that. That's what happens when you get fat and happy and rest on your laurels. Watch your back with Biden he thinks he's buddies with everybody and he's not. His foreign policy decisions are disastrous he has zero good track record

    • Gumpy Kidd
      Gumpy Kidd 4 months ago

      @peyt_ace yeaaaa so, what happened it was stupid talking about these facts taking place at US airspace huh?

  • katiev9494
    katiev9494 2 years ago +995

    I’ve become very desensitized to a lot of shit from the media, but these recordings never fail to shake me to my core.

    • Indy and Jazmin
      Indy and Jazmin Month ago

      @Justin S..."but always a few minutes too late," like the old adage, 'a day late and a dollar short.'

    • Justin S
      Justin S 2 months ago

      Listened again today. I never cry during movies, but I have tears every time for this. Hearing so many regular people trying their hardest to figure this out, but always a few minutes too late.

    • Rd Red
      Rd Red 3 months ago

      It's horrible.
      I still can't fathom it.

    • SagooBoy
      SagooBoy 4 months ago +1

      I don’t know why, but sometimes I seek these recordings out since the news never reveals much on what these poor people went through. No sensational breaks, no newscasters throwing their opinions, just real people giving us real facts in real time. But at the same time, all this is absolutely terrifying.

    • Gumpy Kidd
      Gumpy Kidd 4 months ago

      @Nimesh Shah and those F16 never appeared on the videos so, they just didn't care.

  • salvadorld
    salvadorld Year ago +642

    3:54 Emergency call for American 11.
    16:40 Filtered message from terrorist.
    18:57 First crash. American 11.
    30:51 Suggestions about American 11 hitting the World Trade Center.
    33:50 Communications with United 175.
    35:18 United 175 losses communication.
    39:44 Second crash. United 175.
    42:08 Boston airlines get shut down for the day.
    49:01 American 77 losses communication.
    1:28:51 Fight inside United 93.
    1:38:20 Fourth crash. United 93.
    1:42:59 Order to shoot airplanes if they are not responding.

    • A. J.
      A. J. 9 days ago

      @The Incredible Craigo You’re absolutely correct. You’re just confused as to who’s speaking. Nidia the operations specialist (on the ground) is speaking to AAL man. She is conveying this info FROM Betty Ong (the flight attendant on the plane.) Betty( on the plane) is telling Nidia (on the ground) that she (Betty flight attendant)can’t get in the cockpit with the pilots and hijackers. Confusing I know but that should clear it up.

    • KD Burner
      KD Burner 18 days ago

      @Lilia 🥱😴😴

    • Lilia
      Lilia 19 days ago

      @austins Well, we also now have the Department of Homeland Security that was developed not long after 9/11 which helps out with some of this prevention.

    • Lilia
      Lilia 19 days ago

      @KingHans It’s legal when there is a very valid and serious reason for doing so.. and iirc only can be carried out by our armed forces only IF given the command. It’s to save a wider amount of people if the plane were to hit somewhere like the Capitol or White House with people in it. It’s heartbreaking to think about either way... But it’s a very very last resort move.

    • Lilia
      Lilia 19 days ago

      @KD Burner They weren’t going to have any other choice, unfortunately. It was to prevent even more people (not on the plane) from dying. It’s heartbreaking either way..

  • sav
    sav 2 years ago +448

    The United 175 part really hit me for some reason. Hearing the pilots voice talking about the other hijackings, only to have the same thing happen to his plane in a few minutes.

    • Tastebox
      Tastebox Year ago +41

      Ugh it makes me want to reach back in time and be the person he’s talking to so I could just say “wait you just left out of Boston? With the same destination as the other hijacked plane? Get security on the cockpit now, turn around and go back be safe okay??” ;-;

  • Rachel El
    Rachel El 3 years ago +771

    1. That Betty from American 11 was a hero. She gave the most information while the plane was being hijacked so that ground control understood their method of hijacking.
    2. Boston was on top of it for grounding all their flights and getting the word out to all of the planes already in the sky.
    3. Those poor pilots who were mid-air, knowing hijackings were happening. I can't even imagine.
    4. The realization from American as soon as Indy contacts them....you can hear American's heart plummet.

    What insanity....

    • shane🇮🇪
      shane🇮🇪 3 months ago

      All were hero's

    • isobel64
      isobel64 4 months ago

      @TheAngmarwitch might as well be a ghost

    • Mr. Stark
      Mr. Stark 4 months ago

      Were the pilots killed or tied together when the terrorists hijacked the planes

    • TheAngmarwitch
      TheAngmarwitch 5 months ago +1

      13:23 Her name was Betty Ong on AA flight 11. You dont hear her directly, shes on a call with Nancy Wyatt in Boston control centre who was relaying information. This is Bettys legacy thexvid.com/video/q-Tr0u35Tek/video.html RIP

    • TheAngmarwitch
      TheAngmarwitch 5 months ago +1

      @scoopsmagoo not quite a ghost, you hear them say they have them on primary? thats primary radar. They see the blip, but no transponder code or other ident, so all they have is a blip and direction, not altitude, flight number, etc.

  • Drew G
    Drew G 3 years ago +260

    Amazing how just hearing these audio clips had me on the edge of my seat for 2 hours even more than most modern movies. Powerful stuff here.

    • Lilia
      Lilia 19 days ago

      Right?? There’s no visual, but yet it tells so much of an important part of the story behind 9/11.. So many details to focus on.

    • Beena Plumber
      Beena Plumber 2 years ago +15

      "Truth is stranger than fiction because fiction has to make sense." (Rod Machado)
      The most terrifying horror is a horror that doesn't make sense. We don't know what's going to happen next, what we need to do, whether anyone is protecting us, whether help is on the way, whether we're safe, or even if what we're seeing is real.

  • Mick Davies
    Mick Davies 3 years ago +547

    This is the most chilling account I have come across yet. The level of unpreparedness is staggering. Nevertheless , the levelheadedness of everyone on these recordings is remarkable. They were caught off guard, many were clearly incredulous at the outset, yet they still responded with a level of self-discipline and professionalism that was remarkable. Boston Center's performance, in particular, seems exemplary.

    • Daniel RN
      Daniel RN 4 months ago +1

      Ofcourse they were caught off guard. No hijackers ever flew planes into buildings. They would land and make demands. It takes time to figure out what is happening based on zero heads up. It is easy to look back and be like "well clearly this is what to do".

    • Enma Ortiz
      Enma Ortiz 4 months ago

      Except for the ID Tech that said it was "cool". 26:10 you will know nothing like hijacked is cool be exercise or real world

    • RJ Money
      RJ Money 5 months ago +1

      @Your Mom this is just an extremely stupid comment

    • Andrew /\ H-TOWN
      Andrew /\ H-TOWN 2 years ago +1

      Well it’s just something nobody saw coming. We had a very real false sense of security and now thank god they Are taking more actions

    • jayjayjames2332
      jayjayjames2332 2 years ago +2

      It's hard to be prepared for something that was quite frankly, inconceivable at the time.

  • Ayatollah of a rock n rolla
    Ayatollah of a rock n rolla 3 years ago +217

    Can you imagine being on one of those highjacked planes that day. The last 30 minutes of their lives would have been absolutely terrifying

    • Matthew Maccaro
      Matthew Maccaro 2 months ago

      Dude there was no hijacking. The federal government planned this entire thing out wake up

    • Darren Henderson
      Darren Henderson 4 months ago +1

      Yep just watch United 93

    • Mostly Peaceful 1776
      Mostly Peaceful 1776 5 months ago +1

      @LiL MopHead I think it’s possible. When you research operation north woods it makes you realize the US government may have actually been responsible for the attacks and used them to justify a 20 year oil war. I don’t blame you for questioning the official narrative. Too many holes in it for my comfort.

    • LiL MopHead
      LiL MopHead 5 months ago +4

      @munson84 Usually hijackings ended with the plane landing and demands being met, no one knew these were gonna crash into buildings until after the second plane hit the wtc

    • LiL MopHead
      LiL MopHead 5 months ago +3

      @Mostly Peaceful 1776 I feel like that plane in particular was shot down by our forces

  • Haily Kellam
    Haily Kellam 3 years ago +73

    Being a firefighter myself I don't know how I would have reacted.. these people, from ATC to FDNY, did the best job they could. No one knew what was happening until it was too late. I applaud the firefighters and EMTs that responded and I pray that the ones lost have found peace.

    • ball
      ball 4 months ago +3

      Thank you for your service

  • Mhel 2023
    Mhel 2023 2 years ago +118

    9/11/2019: To all law enforcement, fire personnel, ATC, city workers and the numerous supporters - thank you for your service then and now.
    To all families and friends of this horrific event, may whatever spiritual being exists guide and support you through your daily living.
    To all victims, 🌷 RIP 🌷

  • Faerie Hearthwitch
    Faerie Hearthwitch 3 years ago +273

    This is just heartbreaking to me. My family was friends with John Ogonowski, the pilot, and every anniversary he and all victims are held deeply in our prayers. My aunt and uncle had lunch with him at his house 24 hours before this happened. We miss your dearly, John.

    • G Direct
      G Direct 2 years ago +2

      Wasn’t John Ogonowski the pilot of American 11

    • Magnificent Failure
      Magnificent Failure 3 years ago +12

      Lemurian Chick, Because of course the military always schedules drills on days when there will be no disasters
      or crimes committed, they know the future.

      Maybe you ought to try dusting off your brain once in a while.

    • GoldPoptart
      GoldPoptart 3 years ago +10

      I’m sorry for your family loss.

  • Mitch Young
    Mitch Young 2 years ago +135

    The incredible calm, cool, and professionalism of these folks is amazing. You gotta remember they not only have no idea of what is going on, but that no other attack like this had ever happened...hijackings to a destination, yes, but not hijacking with intent to do a kamikaze attack.

    Think of this next time you deal with a flight attendant, reservation clerk, operations agent, even TSA. Realize they are trained professionals that might present you with some inconvenient instruction, but whose job is incredibly necessary.

    • Indy and Jazmin
      Indy and Jazmin Month ago

      I was with You, all the way, right up until You added the TSA...

    • Ryan D
      Ryan D 4 months ago

      If President Bush was given information that a "possible hijacking could be imminent out of NY or Washington" you would think that every single person would be on high alert with that knowledge. Wouldn't you? If somebody told you your house is going to be firebombed possibly in the next months would you go home and put your feet up or would you take the necessary precautions? COMPLETE INCOMPETENCE. All I can think is just complacency. There are people out there that would do a professional job and take it serious and ask the appropriate questions like "what happens if a hijack occurs?". How do we mobilise resources? It's not f...g rocket science is it?

    • Realtruth J.T
      Realtruth J.T 2 years ago

      Bro! it's not like planes have not been hijacked before, so stop it. You should be angry, by how this was handle. It was not just one plane...this video should be taken out of youtube

  • CherylAnn
    CherylAnn 3 years ago +315

    I can't imagine the pressure these folks must have felt.

    • JB
      JB 6 months ago

      Probably none. Although they hate that this scenario arose, they love that they are the ones who get to handle the situation they love being the representatives of society to get it done

    • Will
      Will 6 months ago

      @super spreader productions do you have any more information about that?

    • SupernaturalLove100
      SupernaturalLove100 Year ago +1

      N Bailes
      Jesus, really?!

    • super spreader productions
      super spreader productions Year ago +2

      Several committed suicide in the years following

    • Æ2
      Æ2 Year ago +8

      It’s a pressure cooker everyday in the center. Constant situations, pilots, flight control etc. It is a Nerve Center.

  • Wes Breden
    Wes Breden 3 years ago +269

    So crazy surreal how this is people’s jobs, and one unexpected morning something like this happens that’s so unbelievable but they have to stay calm and do their jobs. And when it starts to feel real for them, you can start to see the job standards no longer matter. They start cussing and ditching code names for the sake of clarity because it’s beyond that now, and they have to do what it takes to communicate.

    • Air Quotes
      Air Quotes 4 months ago +1

      They were still using a lot of codes what are you hearing it was only one dude. That was a big problem the majority of them weren't speaking the same language and it wasted a lot of time

    • Chris Fegan
      Chris Fegan Year ago +4

      Tragedies like this really bring out the humanity in everyone

    • Tarn Sand
      Tarn Sand 2 years ago +5

      @12 Free But we can only imagine the planes overhead in New York Washington DC Chicago Boston et al and these folks had to concentrate on 1 plane from a transponder then nothing..then 2 planes 3..4. I can understand how info can trickle in from different towers. Other pilots gave some good visual info when it became clear multiple hijackings were happening. Even on the phone info had to be repeated. Which is all 'real world' not a condensed 120 min Hollywood movie.

    • 12 Free
      12 Free 2 years ago +2

      communication was not enough to stop the jets

  • hillary nickeslon
    hillary nickeslon Year ago +58

    Here in 2020. Never forget ❤️ this will forever be a day to remember. The professionalism of the controllers is unprecedented and will never be forgotten. I can’t even imagine the level of stress that was put on everyone involved. Still chilling hearing them ask if it is a drill or not.

  • Darren A
    Darren A 3 years ago +134

    It sounds to me that the air traffic controllers and military did a good a job as possible under the circumstances. Good job, they didn’t deserve such a tragic outcome. Sending much love from the U.K. 🇬🇧🇺🇸

  • Meryem Dekiert
    Meryem Dekiert 2 years ago +99

    Wow, it reminds me how our western society changed after 9/11. For example it was pretty common that if you were on a flight for the first time or you had a child and you asked the flight attendants nicely if you and or your child could see the cockpit they mostly let you. And the pilots showed you the major instruments and explained to you how they're working and stuff. Everything was different.

    • Quinn Barrett
      Quinn Barrett 2 months ago

      @Air Quotes yep. That bish is locked up now

    • nævis…calling
      nævis…calling 4 months ago +3

      I mean they still fid it for me and my brother in like 2008, granted it was Air Canada though so i don’t know 🤷🏻‍♀️

    • ball
      ball 4 months ago +2

      im 26 but i want to go inside a cockpit

    • Air Quotes
      Air Quotes 4 months ago +1

      Yep I remember doing that as a kid
      Pretty sure it's a banned practice now

    • Brenda Alpert
      Brenda Alpert Year ago +2

      @whodeany13 So awesome! Our 9 year old is in love with aviation and is on track to follow his dream.

  • Wendy Rotonto
    Wendy Rotonto 3 years ago +215

    It always chokes me up when Betty, flight attendant, calls and Gonzalez says we may have lost her.

    • Monique Mosley
      Monique Mosley 4 months ago +5

      Me too. Only God knows how many lives were saved because of Betty that day. RIP Betty Ong 🙏💖

    • Liberty Justice
      Liberty Justice Year ago +33

      Betty's humanity was on clear display...it's good to know that poor scared flight attendant had someone kind and comforting speaking to her in her last moments.

  • knowledgetracker
    knowledgetracker 3 years ago +39

    The guy from Cleveland Center who is the voice we all recognize trying to make contact with the United 93, is so incredibly good at his job. So impressive to watch him quickly direct planes away and give them vectors in order to get them out of the way of United 93. Guy is a hero. They all are! 💕🇺🇸

    • Darren Henderson
      Darren Henderson 4 months ago +2

      That was controller John Werth who’d retire in early 2003

  • Kevin Loughin
    Kevin Loughin 5 years ago +1668

    For years, I have wondered about the behind the scenes activities of the FAA, air traffic control, and military around this event. Terrible as that day was, this has been very interesting and educational. Thank you.

    • RosyOutlook2
      RosyOutlook2 3 years ago

      On the very morning of 9/11/01, five war games and terror drills were being conducted by several U.S. defense agencies, including one "live fly" exercise using REAL planes. Then-Acting Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force General Richard B. Myers, admitted to 4 of the war games in congressional testimony -- see transcript here or video here (6 minutes and 12 seconds into the video).

      Norad had run drills for several years of planes being used as weapons against the World Trade Center and other U.S. high-profile buildings, and "numerous types of civilian and military aircraft were used as mock hijacked aircraft". In other words, drills using REAL AIRCRAFT simulating terrorist attacks crashing jets into buildings, including the twin towers, were run. See also official military website showing 2000 military drill, using miniatures, involving a plane crashing into the Pentagon.

      Indeed, a former Los Angeles police department investigator, whose newsletter is read by 45 members of congress, both the house and senate intelligence committees, and professors at more than 40 universities around the world, claims that he obtained an on-the-record confirmation from NORAD that ON 9/11, NORAD and the Joint Chiefs of Staff were conducting a joint, live-fly, hijack exercise which involved government-operated aircraft POSING AS HIJACKED AIRLINERS.

      On September 11th, the government also happened to be running a simulation of a plane crashing into a building.

      In addition, a December 9, 2001 Toronto Star article (pay-per-view; reprinted here), stated that "Operation Northern Vigilance is called off. Any simulated information, what's known as an 'inject,' is purged from the screens". This indicates that there were false radar blips inserted onto air traffic controllers' screens as part of the war game exercises.

    • RosyOutlook2
      RosyOutlook2 3 years ago +1

      THEFAITHFULPALADIN are they jew haters because they mention Mossad being involved. Only an indoctrinated fool believes the official story. The better question is why can't a aquatter nation and their government and Mossad be critized?

    • RosyOutlook2
      RosyOutlook2 3 years ago +1

      David Freestone And you have every reason to have doubts the official narrative stinks. It was a way to take our rights and to spy one all of us. This war on terror was fabricated. But it wasn't just the CIA and Mossad it was other global players as well.
      This explains plenty. thexvid.com/video/CdE1Cwnymzc/video.html

    • RosyOutlook2
      RosyOutlook2 3 years ago

      Lyle Simpson yea sure that's it, it's their inbreeding and not the assholes who run the world and country you, moron.

    • Alexandra .Willitts
      Alexandra .Willitts 3 years ago

      Listening to this video (and having watched United 93 on numerous occasions in the last 5 years), I'm curious........................why didn't JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark just ground everybody as soon as the 2nd plane hit the world trade center and tell every plane on ALL frequencies in their area to "secure the cockpit immediately".

      It most likely wouldn't have mattered at all (since 3 of the planes were hijacked before the ground crews REALLY knew what was going on).

      I don't know if the rest of you know this but JFK, Laguardia, and Newark are all less than 20 miles away from each other line of sight.

      If the controllers in those towers had taken the initiative to say WE'RE going to stop this from getting worse............and then called 150 planes all in the span of less than 2 minutes.........

  • Sue Smith
    Sue Smith 2 years ago +10

    For anyone who's ever heard the expression: "The fog of war" - this tape is a chilling example of that. Those defending, protecting us to the best of their ability, be they civilian or military do the best they can with rapidly developing events & never, EVER enough of the right information. They do the best they can with what they have. The AT controllers & 9-1-1 operators were 2 groups of people I've always held close in my heart. Both had to deal with the horror of what they were listening to & communicating in real time, utterly helpless to change outcomes. It didn't stop them from doing the best they could. I can only hope both groups got every bit of help they needed after 9/11 to process & deal with the almost inhuman demands placed on them that day. I can only & very humble, thank them from the bottom of my heart.

  • Marylin Ramos
    Marylin Ramos 3 years ago +61

    This was so interesting yet depressing at the same time. The screams at 1:29:13 so haunting and gut wrenching at the same time. Thank you for the upload!

    • what do I even do anymore on here
      what do I even do anymore on here 10 hours ago +1

      @Claude I agree, very chilling

    • Claude
      Claude 10 hours ago

      @what do I even do anymore on here Probably one of the more creepier and scary plane transmissions I've heard.

    • what do I even do anymore on here
      what do I even do anymore on here 19 hours ago +1

      @Claude Oh, wow..that’s sad. Brutal way to go

    • Claude
      Claude 19 hours ago +1

      @what do I even do anymore on here Good guess, but not quite, he clearly says "Mayday! Mayday! were all gonna die here!".

    • what do I even do anymore on here
      what do I even do anymore on here Day ago

      I think he’s saying “Mayday, mayday! Get outta here! Mayday, United Ninety-“

  • cripplehawk
    cripplehawk Year ago +7

    My heart goes out to those poor dispatchers at American and United. Imagine just dealing with losing an aircraft only to get a call from another Center telling you they can't get a hold of another one.

  • Beorn
    Beorn 4 months ago +17

    It still feels so surreal that this actually happened, I came home from school and thought I was watching something out of a film, until I looked down at the bottom of the screen a second later. Listening to these tapes, you can see how difficult it was for the many different aviation systems not set up for such an event, trying to deal with an impossible and unprecedented situation, whilst remaining really calm and level headed. Every single person was and still is a hero. Also credit to Paul Greengrass, on making the film United 93 which was a word for word visualisation of these tapes. Quite a few of the people on the tapes actually played themselves in the film. First saw it fifteen years ago, still haunting.

  • Wild Mountain Gwendy
    Wild Mountain Gwendy Year ago +120

    1:31:15 Cleveland Center was on top of it- he knew United 93 was jacked and he immediately cleared the airspace! That was an absolute ballet that he performed, and he was calm and collected doing it. One aircraft was moments away from getting rammed by 93 and this dude took care of it all. Props to Cleveland!!

    • ball
      ball 4 months ago +5

      John Werth you are my hero

    • Darren Henderson
      Darren Henderson 4 months ago +12

      That was controller John Werth who retired in 03’. He still talks about this event 20 years later at United 93 memorials

  • carol k
    carol k 2 years ago +25

    You can hear from these recordings it was so hard for the ATC to come to the conclusion that they were dealing with multiple hijackers. They kept trying to come up with any other reason at first. When it finally hit them, they were incredible professionals but they didn't have any training for an attack like this. They did a great job.

    • Matthew Maccaro
      Matthew Maccaro 2 months ago

      No one thought our government was actually this evil

    • Air Quotes
      Air Quotes 4 months ago

      I know I guess it's hindsight on our part but it's so frustrating.

  • James Paulson
    James Paulson 2 years ago +6

    These air traffic controllers and ID Tech's are amazing, how they handle these tasks with the coolest calmest demeanor. It is very chilling to listen to this even 18 years later.

  • Amanda Jenn
    Amanda Jenn 2 years ago +34

    I was ok up until 27:00 when she asks "how many souls on board" my heart hurts so much for these people who lived through hearing it trying to stop it trying to release guilt that they should have done more the pilots the passengers the people who just went to work the bystanders trying to make sense of it and most of all the survivors and families. Just so heart broken. 💔💔

    • in-the-anomaly
      in-the-anomaly 2 years ago

      Most maydays and pan pans result in zero loss of life. These were a different breed of asshole. I will fight. I hope you will too if this happens again. Stay strong.

    • in-the-anomaly
      in-the-anomaly 2 years ago +2

      Standard question for any mayday call. I feel ya though.

  • Rachel lundquest
    Rachel lundquest 3 years ago +6

    This is so riveting. It's so sad to hear everything unfold when you know the outcome. My heart breaks for those flight attendants who were stabbed and desperately trying to get help. They had to have been terrified....also it shows how unprepared everyone was, they couldn't even wrap their heads around the fact that it was real world and not a drill!

  • L B Tumlin
    L B Tumlin Year ago +48

    It's taken me 19 years to have the nerve to listen to this. Before 9/11 I would sit on my back deck listening to the small waterfall in the creek that ran behind my house, look in the sky and see 10 to 15 planes flying above. They were too high to hear, but you could see the lights. The night of 9/11 I went out on that deck and looked up and not one plane in sight. The world stood still....Almost 3000 people died and we were all shocked and confused. Today, over 180,000 American have died since March, 2020 and Americans continue to live as if nothing has happened. What have we become? Why have we become so heartless? So disconnected? So divided? There were not that many of us who personally knew someone who died in the attacks on 9/11/01. There are many more of us who know someone who has died of Coronavirus. What makes the cause of death so different to human beings? SMH...This country needs to check itself; now, before it is too late.

    • L B Tumlin
      L B Tumlin Year ago +3

      @AMacLeod426 I respect your opinion as well. However, on 9/11/01 and to the present day, I work in a Federal Building. We did not know if a plane was headed toward us or not, so I got out of there after we learned a plane had hit the Pentagon. I was also in the same Federal Building when Timothy McVeigh destroyed the Oklahoma City Federal Building, so I am a little more anxious when Americans are targeted and we are very alert to perceived threats. I was in the office Thursday when the CSO's took down a woman on probation, screaming at her to hit the floor; we all hit the floor or hid in a nearby room during the incident, and we always admire our CSO's for keeping us safe. While the virus has no target, it is a threat to not only individuals, but our national security as well, and those who fail to see it as such are living in a dream world. We could lose many lives who could have made a huge difference in our futures.

    • AMacLeod426
      AMacLeod426 Year ago +2

      I completely understand your feelings and your sentiment, but I respectfully disagree with your statement that 'Americans continue to live as if nothing has happened'. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs since the pandemic started, and countless more are worried about losing theirs as well, woried about paying their rent, mortgage, bills, their families' health, or just suffering anxiety from varying degrees of quarantine and/or isolation. I would also argue that its difficult to compare a terrorist attack, unprecedented in scale or violence, to a disease pandemic (also nearly unprecedented in scale). Both are horrible, tragic, and traumatizing, but for very, very different reasons. Again, not trying to start a fight...that's just my opinion, and I respect yours as well.

  • klb911
    klb911 3 years ago +2

    Thank you for this recording. Like a lot of people I watched this day unfolding on the news on TV. I was safe in my home in Texas when all these people were murdered. I really appreciate listenening to the people who did something to try to help when everything was going so wrong. Amazing...

  • T Abel
    T Abel 3 years ago +800

    34:10 / 35:19
    I just noticed that the United 175 pilot was talking to New York about the AA hijacking just prior to being hijacked themselves.

    • BeautyQueen 79
      BeautyQueen 79 4 months ago

      Awww 😥

    • Josh W
      Josh W Year ago +1

      @imam mahdi how do you think radio waves work? That it's some secret communication medium that only special people can listen to?

      There are people with radios all over that can independently verify the communications from that day.

      I'm all for conspiracies and digging down to the truth, but I'm also a pilot and am not swayed by any conspiracy theory I read on the internet (because that's a lot more informative than TV..?)

      You're wrong about this one, bud.

    • Josh W
      Josh W Year ago

      @imam mahdi the pilot identified themselves as united 175 heavy.

      Or is your opinion that the whole recording is made up?

    • Deborah Belcourt
      Deborah Belcourt Year ago +5

      I have listened to this so many times over the past 19 years and never picked up on 175 pilot speaking just before being hijacked.

    • Cliff Padilla
      Cliff Padilla Year ago

      That's some really scary shit.

  • Rich Sutterfield
    Rich Sutterfield 8 months ago +16

    I'd like to see this put together into a movie, most of the script is already written right here. Everyone has seen what happened on the ground but not that many know what really happened in the air, when it happened, and how they reacted to it. No side love stories, just a reenactment of what actually happened told through the view of civilian/military air traffic control, the planes, airline companies, and flight attendants.

    • Dom Giuca
      Dom Giuca 4 months ago

      The film United 93 is almost exactly what you're looking for. One of the most harrowing films I've ever seen and handled with the utmost restraint and care. Just two hours of near-real time cutting between air traffic controllers, military bases, watch towers and United 93 itself as the events slowly unfold.

  • Brandeeb~shut up, meg~
    Brandeeb~shut up, meg~ 3 years ago +3

    This truly breaks my heart. To hear all that went on that we didn't hear. I cannot imagine being any of the air traffic controllers dealing with this.

  • Sarah Curnayn
    Sarah Curnayn 4 months ago +103

    Who’s listening on 9/11/21? Absolutely heartbreaking, listening to these on the first time and crying my eyes out!

    • Jessica Rivas
      Jessica Rivas 4 months ago +1

      I listened this year, our Union sent us many of their first hand testimonials where they described the surprise and how they handled or found out, a trainee coming back into the operating room after seeing the TV in the break room, or someone stuck in traffic on their way to the facility watching it happen. A controller who had dropped off his wife at the airport and she was on Flight 11.
      I had to listen to this side after reading what they all had to say about that day and the emotions that were running high yet they did what we're trained to. Keep traffic seperate and safe. And on this day, a scramble to get them all on the ground safely. Many of these controllers are retired now.

    • Boomiest Bomb
      Boomiest Bomb 4 months ago

      Second hand PTSD lol.

    • Winfield Dobruck Jr.
      Winfield Dobruck Jr. 4 months ago +1

      I listen every year.

    • MsJollyroger88
      MsJollyroger88 4 months ago +4

      I listen to this every year since it was posted. Chilling and completely heartbreaking.

      NAVYFIREMEDIC610 4 months ago +4

      Sarah, I felt the same as you did but I heard these ATC recordings live as they occurred on Sept 11, 2001. I have been reliving this hellish nightmare every year for the past 20 years. It is an emotional scar that will never heal as time progresses. I knew 50 FDNY Firefighters who died when those Twin Towers collapsed. I attended many of their funerals. (I served in combat during 1991 Desert Storm). I felt more scared this day than I did during combat. I and my firefighter brothers & sisters all over the USA were ready to respond to NYC to move Heaven Hell and the earth to search for and rescue our fellow FDNY firefighters from that pile of debris. I did about 10 days later respond to NYC. This included those who survived and those who died. I also responded to United Flight 93 about an hour after it crashed in Shanksville PA.I was listening to the FAA tower freq's and to the 911 dispatcher tone out the fire dept's in the area to respond to United 93 crash. I knew United 93 Flight Attendant Wanda Green who died on this flight. We last searched 93's crash site in May 2002. we were still recovering very small pieces of the aircraft and body parts. Those images with haunt me forever. It was a day of chaos, a day of sadness, a day of anger, but overall a day that brought America together as one United States with a defined purpose, goal and patriotism. This was our generation's version of Pearl Harbor.

  • Bryce Williams
    Bryce Williams 2 years ago +64

    Out of all of the 9-11 videos/documentaries/etc, this is probably the most gripping of them all. Unreal what unfolded that morning :(

  • A
    A 2 years ago +384

    So sad... On the eve of Sept.11. I'm here listening again...
    Anyone else feel we were so unprepared for this?

    • J Newcomb
      J Newcomb 9 months ago

      I watched live how unprepared we were for this. It's still terrifying to listen to. The flashbacks are still so vivid after 20 years.

    • Duke GTA
      Duke GTA 9 months ago

      @Dana Muller I don’t think it’ll pop in again....at least not building crashing aircraft style. Yet we can’t stop being vigilant and upgrading our defense system. If I were to guess on this issue, I’d say North Korea is our most dangerous threat as we speak. Trump did not monItor the development of their missiles and Biden seems not too interested on the subject either, so....it scares me, and I am in CA. Hope it comes up on the national security team’s radar soon.

    • A
      A Year ago

      Here again🙏😭

    • NE 1
      NE 1 Year ago

      L M Yes, it is 9/11/20. I just listened to the 3rd moment of silence. I think of the bravery, terror and disbelief of what people must have experienced that day. I was coming home from work, walked in the door and my cell phone rang. My mom told me to turn on the news channel. As she and I were talking, the 2nd plane hit the tower. My knees buckled and I landed on my knees in front of the tv in just stunned silence. I was angry and sad at people having to choose death by jumping out of the WTC windows, or death by being burned by the fire. The horrors of 9/11 brought a team of unity in America.

    • super spreader productions
      super spreader productions Year ago

      We are still unprepared. Political correctness is what will do us in next time.

  • onegirlrev
    onegirlrev 2 years ago +402

    Here in 2019 because forgetting was never an option.

    • Marcus Aurelius
      Marcus Aurelius 2 months ago +1

      @onegirlrev Thanks for posting this...still here...never forget...

    • iBoris
      iBoris 4 months ago

      and in 2021...

    • Songbird
      Songbird 5 months ago

      Never an option! My students and children know about this day because we who lived this day, it’s our duty to make sure it’s never forgotten!

    • onegirlrev
      onegirlrev 7 months ago +2

      @Melissa Stewart I'm here too. 🙏

    • Melissa Stewart
      Melissa Stewart 9 months ago

      Here in 2021 .. because, well , because. God bless

  • Laura Baker
    Laura Baker 4 months ago +4

    I remember 9/11 like it was yesterday. A day that well and truly shook the whole world. I still can't believe it actually happened. We should never allow this day to be forgotten. I can't imagine what was going through the minds of those ATCs. I'm in awe of how professional and calm they remained throughout. America we stand with you! God bless 🇺🇸 🇬🇧

  • Channing Winsor
    Channing Winsor 3 years ago +398

    Unreal...just drank a dozen beer listening to this whole thing and wow.... God bless my American neighbors, love from Canada.

    • C Armstrong
      C Armstrong 2 months ago

      I can drink 21 bud lights without blinking an eyelid

    • grace
      grace 2 months ago

      Just drank 10 bud lights listening to this crying. I’m a girl too I need to stop drinking lol

    • C Armstrong
      C Armstrong 4 months ago

      @king Love what the worst that can happen?

    • Channing Winsor
      Channing Winsor 4 months ago

      @William Fitzpatrick We are brothers sir. Thank you and God bless.

    • Channing Winsor
      Channing Winsor 4 months ago

      @Not Franklin Roosevelt It would be an honor to fight along side my American brothers, I have nothing but respect and admiration for the country and the people. Cheers.

  • JDela10
    JDela10 7 years ago +1428

    I can't believe some of the comments here, especially the guy claiming they should all be fired. Listen up man, these are recordings from the moments these events were happening, they did not know what was going on. They could not benefit from YOUR hindsight. This collection of recordings come from air traffic control and military sources across mostly the U.S. East Coast. These people were not all sitting in the same room, they were far apart communicating over aviation communications systems and by phone.

    The Air Traffic Control crews had no idea what was going on.. you DO because you already know the story. All they knew was they lost communication with some planes, they heard bizarre transmissions etc. Hell, they didn't even know.. as you can see in these recordings.. that American Airlines Flight 11 had crashed into the WTC, they thought it was still in the air. Later on there is confusion between Delta 1989 and United 93, and that confusion passed along the channels.

    This is what happens when there is an unprecedented event occurring with a lot of different people involved in orchestrating and responding to it. The transmission from United 93 for example, when Ziad Jarrah said they have a bomb on board, he wasn't talking to Air Traffic Control. He knew how to fly from flight school but he didn't work in the airline industry, so he thought he was making an announcement to the cabin to the passengers to remain seated and that they had a bomb, when in reality he was actually broadcasting the message. So ATC likely thought he was telling them he had a bomb on board for a reason, in reality he had no intention of communicating with the outside world at all.

    As for the military response... this was a peace-time mindset. The U.S. air defence systems were simply NOT set up to defend the U.S. from domestic commercial airliners. In reality, the U.S. air defence system was still largely the same as it was after the Cold War, with the air threat over the U.S. being the Soviet Union, not domestic flights or anything inbound from the Atlantic. Of course, these days there are protocols in place to intercept and handle hijacked aircraft that do not respond, but that's the result of 9/11, not something that existed prior to it. Military jets had very infrequently beforehand intercepted troubled aircraft but they didn't intercept them to shoot them down.

    What you see on these recordings is mass confusion... what planes are not responding? what planes are down? where are they?.... the skies were FULL of aircraft, it was a mammoth effort to ground them all later on in the day, it was an extremely difficult situation. By the time the military even gets the green light from vice president Cheney to shoot down unresponsive aircraft, all four planes were already destroyed anyway. The system simply didn't work. Even President Bush couldn't contact anyone from Air Force One.

    People have a skewed image of the U.S. government and military systems from watching Hollywood movies and TV shows. They forget that these systems are full of people and run by people. They are not "hyper-competent", they don't just automatically react and do the right thing. The record actually shows that the U.S. government and even military can be extremely incompetent.

    What happened on 9/11 is pretty much this; Khalid Sheik Mohommad and Osama bin Laden figured out a way to exploit America's combination of a free society, modern technology, affordable air travel and peace time mindset. A bunch of assholes learned to fly and were flanked by "muscle hijackers" to subdue the crew and passengers. They stormed the cockpit and stabbed the pilots with box cutters (permissible before 9/11..) and convinced passengers and crew they had bombs, then they used the planes as essentially flying bombs. It sounds like they really did something extraordinary but in reality ask the experts... flying is easy as long as you don't have to take off or land. In America pre-9/11, it was nowhere near as difficult to get a VISA to travel or work in the U.S., particularly if you had a degree like, for example, Mohommas Atta did. Nobody suspected what they were up to... hell even Ziad Jarah's friends at the flight school in Florida loved him.. one of them said "If you knew him, you'd want him to marry your daughter", none of them looked particularly dangerous, they were well dressed, flying first class etc. Nobody had any reason to suspect them on those planes or at the airports.

    But again, the myth of the hyper-competent government s exposed because the intelligence agencies had trickles of information about a couple of these guys and yet somehow managed to not notice them getting into the U.S. We've all heard of the infamous August report to george bush "Bin laden determined to attack in U.S.," which even mentioned hijacked planes and the world trade center as a potential target (among many other things... try reading it without any knowledge of 9/11 coming to your mind..).. but in reality, there were many of these warnings. That bin laden was determined to strike the U.S. wasn't a secret, he said it publicly in an interview for TV when he declared Jihad against the U.S... twice.. in the 1990s. His people attacked the U.S.S. Cole and bombed the U.S. embassies, Clinton had put out a green light on bin Laden, shoot to kill. The truth is they probably underestimated their reach. America historically has been slow to respond to threats, not least of which was the fact that after Pearl Harbour, the U.S. STILL didn't declare war on Hitler.... in fact Hitler surprised the U.S. by honouring his commitments to Japan and declaring war on America.. if that didn't happen.. would America have declared war on Hitler at all? Truth is probably yes, but not for a long time. 9/11 is another case.... America basically ignored bin laden when he declared Jihad and only really started to try to get to him after the embassy attacks.

    But ye, I've gone on too long but my point is simple, the people recorded here were dealing with a situation on very very little good information. There was simply mass confusion about what was going on, what should be done etc. They... particularly air traffic control.. did not expect this in any way, shape or form. You listen to this stuff now with what's called a "hindsight bias", your brain thinks that what's happening should be bloody obvious to them but if you try to narrow it down to your rational mind, and think critically, without the knowledge you have, you wouldn't have a fucking clue what's going on either. I'm sure all of them feel terrible that they didn't have more of an idea and could have done something more effective earlier, but none of them will feel that they COULD have. They did the best they could given the era, given their training etc.

    • Snatch’n Necks “N” Cash’n Checks 💸
      Snatch’n Necks “N” Cash’n Checks 💸 2 months ago

      Even if box cutters were allowed, wouldn’t it be a lil suspicious if 5 passengers, all sitting close, and all middle eastern, all had just wallets and box cutters? That is one huge red flag and it just happened to go unnoticed on all 4 flights.?.?? I call major bs!!

    • Azalea 1975
      Azalea 1975 2 months ago +2

      @ruben zapata You must be young dear. There were no TSA agents on 9/11/01 nor were there any heavy screening of the passengers that day or before that dreadful day. But I do understand your anger. Everything on their end sounds ill prepared and unprofessional. It was an unprecedented event that came out of left field which no one was prepared for unfortunately.

    • Mark Motter
      Mark Motter 4 months ago

      @Paul Zammataro No. Transponders have not changed, but ADS-B was added

    • Ryan D
      Ryan D 4 months ago

      @Dion Sanchez Or they were tipped off. Somebody was giving them info from the inside. I'm sure.

    • Ryan D
      Ryan D 4 months ago

      You're making excuses. The intelligence was there, surely. President Bush knew the threat level of a possible hijacking out of NYC or Washington months before 9/11. So, why wasn't it acted upon (the intelligence)? That's the million dollar question and one the U.S. needs to answer to it's citizens.

  • Joseph Charles
    Joseph Charles 2 years ago +3

    Thank you for this thorough and accessible video. One of the most disturbing moments is when the responders realize that the _terrorists_ are in the cockpit, not the crew (15:59). You can hear this shock and terror just floating beneath the surface of professional self-control.

  • Timothy Bellett
    Timothy Bellett 2 years ago +11

    I remember waking up in Australia and watching the morning news before I went to school. No idea of the enormity of the situation. Go to school and the chatter between the students was of disbelief. Couldn't fathom what was happening half a world away. I was in year 11 and I remember thinking that someone had made a terrible mistake and flown into a building accidentally. How naive I was. I'll never forget that day. The world was behind you that day and things were never the same afterwards

    • Bill Roberts
      Bill Roberts Year ago +1

      I woke up in California to hear on the radio that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. I thought it was a small plane that had malfunctioned. By the time I turned on TV it was showing the second plane crashing into the second tower. I immediately realized, "This is not an accident. This is BAD!" And our world changed forever.

  • Emma Farr
    Emma Farr Year ago +8

    19 years later and this is still heartbreaking to hear. RIP to everyone who lost thier lives this awful day. ❤️🙏🏻

  • Joaquin Perez-Villanueva

    Excellent document, terrifying to hear but indeed very nice composition. Being a commercial pilot, I appreciate this document because it brings forth some very nice insight as how the storm hits around everything and every sector when something this terrible happens. Thanks.

  • A A
    A A 4 months ago +8

    1:29:16 hearing the passengers crying and saying "we're going to die" breaks my heart 💔 RIP to all the victims that died that day. We will never forget.

    KK FALGUNAN Year ago +2

    Everyone was a hero in the 9/11 from the flight attendants to the atc from the police to the firemen evacuating the area and clearing the area we also lost many and we salute them for their bravery and honour thank-you every each one of you who helped in the 9/11

  • ProudVet921
    ProudVet921 4 months ago +3

    I was 18 when this happened. Left for USMC boot camp October 8th, 2001. This was a defining moment in my life. Stull cannot freaking believe how many people have forgot. Sad.

  • Heidi Meibos
    Heidi Meibos 2 years ago +4

    Very powerful listening. I had a friend who was a military contractor and had an appointment at the Pentagon. He was preparing to leave the hotel for his meeting when he got a call telling him to hold off. I keep thinking if his appointment had been an hour earlier, he would have been there when the plane hit.

  • KingsNoah Archive
    KingsNoah Archive 2 years ago +30

    Tomorrow is 9/11/2019.
    My father was going to attend a pilot school in Arizona that one of the hijackers went to.
    Never forget. Rest in peace to all that passed in the Pentagon, Twin Towers, World Trade Center, and the Pennsylvania crashes/attacks.
    And never forget the 6 who died during the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

  • stephanie gaudreau
    stephanie gaudreau 3 years ago +14

    Now I understand . This answers a lot of questions I had, about what was going on behind the scenes. Thank you.

  • ChantelLynn95
    ChantelLynn95 Year ago +2

    I’m only about twenty minutes into the video and I’m just struck with how much is going on in the world that you don’t realize. With the incredible amount of flights around the world daily these people are keeping everybody safe. And it’s also a whole other perspective on the tragedy that I feel like we don’t hear much about.

  • Splatrick
    Splatrick 4 months ago +1

    The flight attendants were so unbelievably brave and calm in the face of obvious extreme danger and shock. It's unreal. Devastatingly heartbreaking. God bless them and their families. So much strength and selflessness, my heart will forever be with them

  • Aaron B
    Aaron B Year ago +6

    This is one of the most fascinating videos of the day. Absolute chaos and confusion. It’s saddening hearing the first air traffic controller calling to flight 11 and getting no response because the events of the day had just been set in motion.

  • Jess me
    Jess me Year ago +16

    Every year close to September 11th I start watching these videos. I'm surprised to still keep seeing new videos and every time I watch one I am as shocked as I was when this first happened. So many lives lost that day. Rip

  • Lisa Gillette-Martin

    This is so chilling, hearing this and realizing what was going on inside those planes. 😞

  • Mary M
    Mary M Year ago +5

    Remembering this day on 9.11 and this brings it all home. It’s absolutely mortifying, and I pray we can reunite the way we did after this happened. ❤️ God bless the USA 🇺🇸

  • Bonnie Monaghan
    Bonnie Monaghan 5 years ago +482

    1:30:25- 1:32:00 AMAZING work by the Cleveland Center controller redirecting 5 different planes all within under 2 minutes- ExecJet 956 was 15 miles away from a head on collision with Flight 93, and 15 miles is just seconds when 2 planes are flying toward each other each at 300 miles per hour. Unreal. Give that controller a raise for saving all the lives on that ExecJet 956

    • Tracymmo
      Tracymmo 3 months ago

      @A M ok, tough guy. You going to second guess anything else? The Challenger disaster? How about Pearl Harbor?

    • ball
      ball 4 months ago +1

      Cleveland center is my hero

    • A M
      A M 4 months ago +1

      Those ID Techs should be relocated to a fast food drive inn

    • Nate Maher
      Nate Maher 6 months ago +3

      He was the second person after Cleveland controller John worth to try and contact flight 93

    • Nate Maher
      Nate Maher 6 months ago +8

      My dads friends uncle was actually the person attempting to get ahold of flight 93 his name is Greg and it says it haunts him every night he can still sometimes hear the voices of the people in the background

  • Ruby Firefly
    Ruby Firefly 2 years ago +1

    Have never heard this before. It's heart stopping. The calmness and the 'routine' feeling of the discussions makes you wonder how many airplanes got or do get 'lost' on a regular basis. It all sounded so routine. We listen to this now and wonder how they didn't seem more alarmed or knew what was going on. But until those planes hit those buildings, it was literally a different world. People did not think in terms of potential terrorism like we do today. Up until then, the hijacking of a US plane was rare and in past cases hijackers had demands or took the plane to a final location, sometimes outside the US. It wasn't a common thought that a plane would be used as a weapon in the way that they were that day.

  • Zycklacon
    Zycklacon Month ago +4

    3:54 Emergency call for American 11.
    16:40 Filtered message from terrorist.
    18:57 First crash. American 11.
    30:51 Suggestions about American 11 hitting the World Trade Center.
    33:50 Communications with United 175.
    35:18 United 175 losses communication.
    39:44 Second crash. United 175.
    42:08 Boston airlines get shut down for the day.
    49:01 American 77 losses communication.
    1:28:51 Fight inside United 93.
    1:38:20 Fourth crash. United 93.
    1:42:59 Order to shoot airplanes if they are not responding.

  • Jo C
    Jo C 2 years ago +6

    those guys working the transport system were so calm, trying to manage the situation. You could only imagine wtf was going on in their heads at the time

  • Charley Barley
    Charley Barley Year ago +17

    Commenting from England. What I think is hard for anyone born post 9/11 is what an utter shock this was.
    I will never ever forget this day for as long as I live.
    Weirdly it's more real to me today than it was on the day.
    God bless the heros, the victims & the survivors.xx

    • Songbird
      Songbird 5 months ago

      I live in Louisiana, and we were terrified here! If you didn’t live through it and were old enough to understand the terror of it, you’ll NEVER understand what it was like.

    • Just a thought
      Just a thought 11 months ago +1

      Indeed. It's *the* generational watershed, imo. Those who remember pre9/11 and those who were born into the world it created.

    • Yes Pls
      Yes Pls Year ago +1

      I was 5 and my best friend's mother perished. I was always fearful of airplanes after that day.

  • Carrie Doyne
    Carrie Doyne 5 years ago +158

    I cannot imagine the level of self control it took for ALL of these pilots and air controllers to stay calm, not break composer and maintain their professionalism.

    • Sunborn Arizonan
      Sunborn Arizonan 3 months ago

      I think in the FAA ATC academy in Texas. They teach very sophisticated means to compose yourself and focus plus it all comes with experience. Work a year at JFK, LAX, or DAL and you will learn how to be calm, fast and accurate like a boss. ATC are some great people.

    • Chris Davis
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    • Exciter
      Exciter 3 years ago +2

      Many did and many have taken their own lives since this tragic day.

    • Tactical Wombat
      Tactical Wombat 3 years ago +3

      Composure not composer...

    • Rev SeaWind
      Rev SeaWind 3 years ago +2

      Pilots and controllers are trained so that they stay professional no matter how far things go into the shitter.

  • Tracy
    Tracy 2 years ago +11

    This is the first time I ever heard this. I just happened to come across it while watching something else. It is definitely chilling and unbelievable. My ex spouse of ten years is military intelligence and this is part of what he does as work although I could never have grasped the reality of what they dealt with that day. The things that were ignored and the bs surrounding who shared what info with who is heartbreaking. This did not have to happen. The saddest thing is, these people who did this truly celebrated their actions and believed they were doing God's will.

  • Sammy Santoro
    Sammy Santoro 8 months ago +1

    I was just a little boy when this happened. I remember seeing glimpses of it on the news but had no idea what was going on. I remember my family just being in total shock. My father is Muslim and was absolutely disgusted with what those evil scumbags did. Now that I’m older and listening to all these audio recordings and watching footage, I can honestly say this is the worst thing I have ever seen in my life. I couldn’t imagine being on that plane or being a loved one at home, and having to say goodbye before that plane made it’s collision.

    I just want to say to anyone out there who lost loved ones in 9/11 that I will never forget, and all the innocent souls who lost their life that day will always be in my prayers. I hope from the purest part of my heart that all the families of the deceased have found some type of peace and tranquillity in their lives at this present time and eventually meet their loved ones in the heavenly gates up above. God bless you all. ❤️

  • josoverthehill
    josoverthehill 3 years ago

    Wow; this was incredible to listen to.... and still hard to hear, even after all these years. Even with the technology that was in place at that time, it's amazing how 'long' it took for one official center to get info - correct info - to another. I just hope this is a reminder to people that regardless of the amount of preparation our natural security apparatus does, when the shit is hitting the fan in real time, NO ONE can be expected to be perfect, answer all disasters immediately, and save all people involved. Thank you to all the personnel in this country who have taken it upon themselves - in whatever capacity they do - to keep this nation as safe as possible.

  • greenapple11
    greenapple11 2 years ago +3

    This is informative and educational, yet absolutely heartbreaking. I wish the response time was better. Noticed how the F16s were deployed to the Delta flight that wasn't actually hijacked. Wonder why that pilot was unresponsive initially??

    • Ullah Media UK
      Ullah Media UK Year ago

      He wasnt unresponsive. The pilot was under the control of Cleveland and had squawked. He had no reason to be in radar with Boston after being handed over.

  • DL Symons
    DL Symons 3 years ago +44

    My brother air traffic controller not an easy job. I can imagine how helpless they must of felt that day. I worked for the NYSE, Smith Barney WTC 7 a day it felt like the end of the world.

    • 12 Free
      12 Free 2 years ago +7

      It was the end of the peaceful world. You'll most likely never see the pilot of any flight you're ever on. You can't let your kids get their pics taken in the cockpit anymore and it now takes 15 minutes or more to make it through security. Welcome to the new world

  • A A
    A A 4 months ago

    Respect to how calm and professional they remained whilst the attacks were taking place. Always remembering the heroes and the victims.

  • Layla Sweetman
    Layla Sweetman 3 months ago +1

    This is still so heartbreaking! Still remembering that day standing on the other side of the Hudson River in Jersey City as we watched dense smoke ascending up to that beautiful blue sky from lower Manhatten. Still remembering the fighter jets flying above. To this day... I'm having a hard time trusting that type of a start to a beautiful Autumn day with that blue sky.

  • Ketterashley82
    Ketterashley82 2 years ago +1

    I couldn't imagine what these people were thinking. I remember that day well. Today, 18 years later and still much needs done. The sense of not being able to help those on these planes and knowing what came that day. :(

  • divcrfc
    divcrfc 4 years ago +30

    These people that work as traffic controllers have a hard job God bless them

  • Samuel Nazario
    Samuel Nazario 3 years ago +2

    I agree that there seemed to be a lot of ineptitude among these people. Lots of time lost going back and forth. Just very frustrating hearing them go back and forth and talk about f16 and precious time is wasted by these folks asking obvious questions and passing messages along to dozens of different people. Crazy how unprepared they were.

  • Immattculent
    Immattculent 3 years ago +223

    My cousin was a flight attendant aboard 93. CeeCee Lyles was her name. I was in the first grade at Bayshore elementary in Port Saint Lucie FL on this day.

    • Sabrina Modica
      Sabrina Modica 4 months ago

      Thinking of Aunt CeeCee. She’s not forgotten.
      So sorry for your loss.

    • Adam Slosar
      Adam Slosar 5 months ago


    • Immattculent
      Immattculent Year ago +1

      @Fireball I know....it was good to hear her voice again when I watched it.

    • Immattculent
      Immattculent Year ago

      @TheInternetJustice id love to see it

    • Fireball
      Fireball Year ago +1

      They found audio recordings of her...

  • Ken D'Ambrosio
    Ken D'Ambrosio 3 years ago +1

    Wow. Just... wow. That was an incredibly compelling, and human, look at what went on: confusion, mis-statements, and finally, authorization to shoot -- but too late by half. Human reaction times -- especially up and down chains of command and across different centers, when working with incomplete and inconsistent data -- simply can't compare to terrorists who have one goal in mind, and have already put their timetable into action. May God watch over those who paid the price, and their friends and families.

  • Bezer Bezer
    Bezer Bezer 2 years ago +2

    Man listening to this puts me back in that day. I was 15. Look at the the things that changed in our lives bc those losers believed some b.s another man told them. They didnt know any of those beautiful people they stole lives from and still they went thru with it. R.i.p to all the people that died and that r still dying bc of those losers.

  • JoBethK
    JoBethK 6 months ago +1

    Amazing to listen to. Frightening. Those people did the best they could do with information available at the time.

  • lens w0rld
    lens w0rld 2 years ago +36

    Wow. At around 40:00 the situation escalates with flight 175. They can actually see the plane making its final movement towards the south tower. Chilling

    • Fatso Not
      Fatso Not 4 months ago +1

      And just few mins back near 33:33 UA175 pilot was describing he heard suspicious transmission "we have some planes" and that he can see AA11 descending below them near 28000 altitude. Just mins later they get hijacked.

  • Frances MacKinnon
    Frances MacKinnon 3 years ago +4

    This was incredibly moving. I listened and read every word.

  • Sam Pickles
    Sam Pickles 5 years ago +74

    Man this is some powerful stuff. RIP to all the innocent victims. And to all those who fell victim to the repercussions of this day in early september 2001.

  • Jeni Hansen
    Jeni Hansen 3 years ago +22

    17 years ago today, our lives changed and our country was attacked. Bless those of you who died that day and your families. God Bless America.

  • Lance Schroeder
    Lance Schroeder Year ago +27

    God bless the innocent victims of this horrendous attack.

  • MM
    MM Year ago +2

    I'm remembering September 11, 2020.19 years ago I was 8 months pregnant working in Baltimore gathered with coworkers in front of the television and watching this tragedy unfold and the 2nd plane hit. I remember thinking what kind of world am I bringing my baby girl into. But then driving home, I saw the unity of our country, the American flags hanging everywhere, and people being good to each other. This demonstrates that there is always good even in the most horrendous circumstances and that my daughter and all babies born that day and the days and months after, you are the hope and the change to make our world better. RIP to all victims and condolences to the families.

  • hannahhobnob20
    hannahhobnob20 Year ago +2

    I cannot imagine the stress the traffic controllers felt when their planes suddenly went silent and off course, one of the hardest jobs on a normal day.

    Listening to this you can see how unprepared America was, the fighter jets went up too late and sent in the wrong directions.....it was just a tragedy, theres no other word to describe that day

  • Boxing 101
    Boxing 101 4 years ago +79

    Unreal ! Absolutely sickening to think after all these years that people still think it was a conspiracy. This audio obviously clears up a lot of what really happened . No need to look any deeper into that this .

    • Charlie Bobandas
      Charlie Bobandas 5 months ago

      @uruiamnot you really never know. I tend to believe this wasn’t a conspiracy. However the JFK killing was definitely a conspiracy. It was a Kudeta

    • uruiamnot
      uruiamnot Year ago +4

      You need a dictionary? Because this coordinated attack was definitely a conspiracy with bin Laden as the top dog.

    • aZeddPrattFilm
      aZeddPrattFilm Year ago +3

      Yeah but tower 7 is still questionable

    • Solomon Heppner
      Solomon Heppner Year ago +1

      @Jacob Sigler "experts"

    • William Fitzpatrick
      William Fitzpatrick Year ago +9

      @Jacob Sigler The United States has never needed and often doesn't bother to provide a compelling narrative for foreign interventions. It certainly didn't need a 3k mass murder in order to facilitate an invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. Another fuckin' idiot on the internet, a dime a dozen.

  • Quit Seven Six
    Quit Seven Six Year ago +6

    So I just want to explain how an AIS/OG works for those who might wonder what's going on with the interceptors. It goes like this: They get FAA info for call signs, M3/MC (transponder codes), type aircraft, BRA (bearing range altitude), souls on board (passengers/crew) and fuel (in time or lbs). Then, the base is put on battle stations (aircraft started and staged on the tarmac). Then the FO will call out active defence scramble for each callsign (each plane, usually a nonresuable name and number) then identify themselves by military alpha (the initials of the ordering party) then request in military alpha the initials of the callsigns' aircraft, i.e. QUIT TWO FIVE TWO SIX (two aircraft) then JULIET PAPA (JP, or the initials of the pilot(s)) then the aircraft take off and are vectored (sent in the direction of the track or target aircraft) and 99% of the time the intercept aircraft will have auxiliary fuel tanks and ONLY guns available to splash (shoot down) an airliner, VERY rarely do they have anything more than guns but if they do they will have very small air to air heat-seeking missles like AIM9 Sidewinders or the like. Even if they were to use the biggest most insane air to air (FOX) asset there would be huge amounts of debris that would fall and over populated areas even the use of flares to ON GUARD (get the attention of the pilot(s)) is NOT allowed as they are just that - huge burning flares that are designed to divert or trick heat seeking missles away from the fighter if they are attacked. They also use chaff or ECM (metal confetti or electronic countermeasures) to divert a RADAR guided missle away from the fighter. If the interceptor control (HUNTRESS/GIANT KILLER) is ever given the order to splash an airliner of ANY type it must come from either the President or Vice President - you can imagine how the intercept pilot would feel about this but it is the rules. You CANNOT allow a massive airliner especially the larger ones like 747/A 380 to be used as a weapon on mass casualty targets like cities, stadiums etc. and they WILL shoot them down if ordered. It's part of the NORAD (North American Air Defence) job to prevent exactly what happened here and as this was almost 20 years ago I assure you - if you are a commuter jet, heavy transport or even a Piper Cub and you do NOT respond to an AIO (air intercept operation) ON GUARD IFF (identification friend/foe) they WILL shoot you down if given the order. I praise QUIT TWO FIVE AND QUIT TWO SIX for responding as fast as they did and hope that NO callsign ever has to fire on an airliner 😔 Kudos to SID SID2 HUNTRESS GIANT KILLER NORAD FBI the AIOs at the bases and of course the FAA for keeping us safe from threats like this. A lot has changed since then and as you heard and will probably read here - it is an extremely stressful job for anyone involved to try and figure out what the hell to do in these situations. Thanks for reading

    • ball
      ball 4 months ago +1

      I liked it when he called Fox “Foxy” it was very cute

  • Chuck Doran
    Chuck Doran Year ago

    Having no knowledge of the commercial and military business of air flight, I was surprised to learn, through these recordings, how little control people on the ground have of identifying and tracking planes in the sky. Apparently by throwing some switches in an airplane, things that I assumed would be under the control only of those on the ground, an airplane can become virtually invisible. If this was he way it was in 2009, is the same true today .

  • crockett616
    crockett616 2 years ago +1

    This highlights how difficult it is to have a common idea of what is going on, situational awareness. A lot of people talking to each other and no-one seems to have a clear picture of what is known about what's going on.

  • Katya A
    Katya A 7 months ago +7

    Cape Sector ATC at 44:07 advising pilots to heighten cockpit security after the second hit sounds so damn defeated. This one really struck me for some reason

    • blyve
      blyve 4 months ago +3

      So sad. He really did sound defeated.

  • Max Steiner
    Max Steiner 3 years ago +1

    A manually switched off transponder is the common thread between these hijackings. It is a "necessary evil" for aircraft to have this capability in case of transponder malfunction (causing massive interference) and to reduce interference around airports. Having a required pin code / ambush code to deactivate the transponder in a hijack would be simple and effective way to maintain tracking of an aircraft.

  • Steven Miller
    Steven Miller 3 years ago +19

    After listening to this entire thing. The only word I can use to describe the situation as a whole would be CONFUSION. Due to what military personnel calls. The fog of war.

  • MrMongoose221
    MrMongoose221 4 months ago

    Hearing the screaming from United 93 knowing if was likely the passengers trying to take control is so heart breaking. Another thing that stood out was how polite and professional everyone was during this stressful and confusing time.

  • bench of lemons
    bench of lemons 2 years ago +5

    S/O To all that helped and RIP to all that died

  • Anna Salerno
    Anna Salerno Year ago +4

    24:54 “I’ve never seen so much real world stuff happen during an exercise...”.

    That’s haunting to me. Rest In Peace to all who perished on 9/11/01

  • soul2squeeze
    soul2squeeze 4 months ago +5

    This is beyond anything Hollywood could ever come up with. We forget that there were people trying to find/ control not one but 4 planes that day. The work that those people did they day from behind a desk is incomprehensible to me. Trying to remain calm while reporting all those horrible events in order to hopefully save some people is as heroic as any first responder. What a horrible horrible day . I don't understand how we humans can do this do each other . We have such a long way to go

  • tavisxavier
    tavisxavier Year ago

    Its amazing how much confusion can come from several agencies trying to work together.

  • Melissa Hursey
    Melissa Hursey Year ago +4

    Such brave souls, may they rest in peace. I will never forget

  • ylekiote99999
    ylekiote99999 5 years ago +514

    All things considered this whole thing was handled very professionally.

    • Songbird
      Songbird 5 months ago

      Agreed. Nobody expected anything of this magnitude, so with that in mind, nobody could’ve done any better. I just can’t imagine how this stays with them, ya know?

    • Jason Bobbers
      Jason Bobbers 3 years ago

      Yea so professional yet they didn’t do shit about it.

    • Old School
      Old School 3 years ago

      crazynova23 I’ll never understand why the hijackers (or the pilots before if they were so inclined) had the ability to turn off the transponder so easily. It shouldn’t even have a switch! It should just be transmitting permanently so the aircraft is always visible. What possible reason would an airline pilot have to turn it off?!

    • Bathtub_Jim
      Bathtub_Jim 3 years ago

      you are lying

    • John Argus
      John Argus 4 years ago

      It was a total clusterfuck.