9/11 Airspace Shutdown • With Timeline

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    Courtesy: NASA/FAA NASA Ames Research Center Future Air Traffic Management Concepts and Evaluation Tool (FACET) animation of September 11th, 2001 with a few key annotations.
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  • The3rdID
    The3rdID 4 years ago +8628

    That's incredibly impressive to halt such a massive, complex system so quickly.

    • Diamond
      Diamond 6 months ago

      and then magically restart it in two days too

    • Vojta
      Vojta 6 months ago

      @Hoosier Hell nope

    • Vojta
      Vojta 6 months ago

      @Jack Lahm wrong

    • Kamya Gupta
      Kamya Gupta 6 months ago


    • Haashem Malik
      Haashem Malik 7 months ago

      @Kasper huh

  • JhbTeam
    JhbTeam 2 years ago +9203

    Imagine being in a plane that day, and just imagining how lucky you were to not be on those four planes.

    • Raj Gunjal
      Raj Gunjal 5 months ago

      My dad’s initial emigrating flight here was on that day. When it reached JFK airspace it had to divert back to Heathrow and eventually back home to Mumbai, he had to wait several months before coming. Supposedly his diverted flight was a potential hijack target. To say the least I’m very glad it wasn’t.
      Also thanks TheXvid for putting yet another years-old video on my recommended

    • Austin Staton
      Austin Staton 5 months ago

      Statistically the odds aren’t that surprising

    • SlavTrooper
      SlavTrooper 6 months ago

      Well, no. Is a possibility on 500 so, non that lucky

    • Slayer Jase
      Slayer Jase 6 months ago

      @Aditya Kumar Rout michael jackson was supposed to do a meeting in one of the towers but he over slept

    • ᕙ
       6 months ago

      Unlucky lotto winners on those planes

  • Gazelle
    Gazelle 3 years ago +2328

    4000 planes stopped in 2 hours. That's some real coordination there.

    • WorldFamous Gamer
      WorldFamous Gamer 5 months ago


    • Mehdi Sheriff
      Mehdi Sheriff 5 months ago

      @Praetorian Dorn they were hijacked. Plus there were passengers on board

    • Praetorian Dorn
      Praetorian Dorn 6 months ago

      @Al7x so much so that they were designed NOT to fall down entirely. The way it was designed, the upper parts of the towers MIGHT have broken off and fell, but not both towers, and not straight down into their own imprint, exactly like a well planned demolition lol

    • Al7x
      Al7x 6 months ago

      @Praetorian Dorn The towers were designed to sustain impacts from small aircraft, not commercial 767s

  • DeadCanDance
    DeadCanDance 2 years ago +1709

    it’s strange to know that my father was in one of those little yellow dots on that day. he was going to texas for business and then he arrived at the airport without knowing anything about the attacks. an american lady who worked there told him both wtc main towers were hit and he thought she was joking.
    he was extremely cynical to her, saying “will bush pay my bills then?” and she replied: “sir, you better see whats happening there”. she pointed out to the tv, and then he immediately saw that horrible scene of both towers in flames.
    he then got stuck in america, bought a ps2 to play at the hotel, came back to south america via chile three days after 9/11. until then, our family wasn’t aware of his situation.
    he finally got home on september 15th.
    rip all 9/11 victims. greetings from brazil.

    • justinl458
      justinl458 2 months ago

      So sarcastically asked if Bush will pay his bills but then buys a ps2. Priorities right? Hope that ps2 helped out the victims of 9/11

    • Keyboard Warrior
      Keyboard Warrior 6 months ago

      That’s so 2001 tbh

    • Kamya Gupta
      Kamya Gupta 6 months ago


    • Herr Kaiser II
      Herr Kaiser II 7 months ago +2

      CARALHO, brasileiro tá em todo lugar mesmo, mano que daora cara

    • Baby Sonic GT
      Baby Sonic GT 7 months ago


  • Shadow Heart
    Shadow Heart 4 years ago +2848

    It's amazing how complicated it is yet the changes were so fast.
    Human ingenuity is remarkable.

    • A-10 Warthog
      A-10 Warthog 5 months ago

      God blessed us with incredible minds

    • Sharing my thoughts
      Sharing my thoughts 6 months ago

      Not so hard. Disallow new takeoffs first and the problem is partially solved.
      Then order aircrafts to land, in many different available airports, and they land.

    • Kamya Gupta
      Kamya Gupta 6 months ago


    • That 90s show
      That 90s show 2 years ago

      Imagine the same scenario in Africa... lmao

    • Jerroo
      Jerroo 2 years ago +2

      Welcome in the Modern civilization

  • Eissey
    Eissey 5 years ago +804

    I live close to an Airport, so I'm used to the sound of jets passing low every so often (there is a holding pattern above me, for when the approach is to busy) It was so strange that night to no hear any planes in the sky at all.

    • weeardguy
      weeardguy 8 months ago

      @Joseph Jorn Yep, same here. Living under approach of Schiphol (EHAM) and the closure of the US-airspace made sure far fewer planes came over at my place as well. I was 13 but can remember telling my parents that I was seriously afraid one would come down here. I mean, first they said stuff like it only happens to important buildings and very big cities, but yeah, that plane 'just' crashing somewhere didn't make that explanation by my parents sound very viable...
      Corona would probably have brought back feelings would I have been older, as it became lovely quiet again for months in a row.

    • Joseph Jorn
      Joseph Jorn 8 months ago

      I live on an approach for ORD, and although the silence was noticable, it was even more eerie when flights resumed- because instead of planes passing over 30 seconds apart, it was upwards of 10 to 15 minutes between. Somehow that made me more aware of them than ever. It was weeks before things got back to normal.

    • Oswaldo Joseph Silva
      Oswaldo Joseph Silva 8 months ago

      Same here, I live the next county to CLT (Charlotte-Douglas International) and honestly, no planes was out there at all. However I did see an Air National Guard Fighter Jet whizzed by though not to mention the only high rise we got is the Bank of America building.

    • blue genes
      blue genes 10 months ago +1

      Not exactly the same, but one of those tangential, unsettling details: my dad and i were in nyc on the first anniversary of september 11. So many of the surrounding buildings were covered in that black safety netting that's used in high rise construction. We've all seen it a hundred times and paid it no mind whatsoever but, in that context, it was like the world's biggest burial shrouds.

    • Jebbus
      Jebbus 2 years ago +4

      I used to live on an Airbase and im on the same boat as you. It’s still weird not hearing jets fly by.

  • ytnate93
    ytnate93 6 years ago +7112

    Was flying from London to New York that day. Our flight had to make a U-turn and land in Nova Scotia.

    • Sahl
      Sahl 6 months ago

      thats sad bro

    • Kamya Gupta
      Kamya Gupta 6 months ago


    • ProGen
      ProGen 7 months ago

      @OvalWingNut 69 likes

    • Zeekiel
      Zeekiel 7 months ago

      Daz crazy man

    • Seyair M
      Seyair M 8 months ago

      Damn thats crazy...

  • MrsRavenclaw
    MrsRavenclaw 2 years ago +137

    I'm an American, and I remember being in Elementary school when this happened. I remember the principal of the school coming over the intercom and asking all teachers to stop watching they were doing. Then told them to turn on the classroom tvs as the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane. We were all quiet and watched the towers as the second plane hit. We were just old enough to know that this was not normal, nor was is a good thing. The look on our teacher's face will be with me for the rest of my life as will the rest of this. I was 10 years old.

    • Selmarya
      Selmarya 5 months ago

      I was in kindergarten then, I legit thought it was a movie scene because kid brain go crazy
      Didnt learn the actual event until my friend told me 3 years later

    • Leonardo Chapman
      Leonardo Chapman 6 months ago +2

      @Aliyan ik, rip to all the people across the middle east and the world caught in American violence

    • Heal Goth
      Heal Goth 6 months ago +1

      Public school principals really said “we are going to traumatize these babies so hard their heads will spin”

    • Aliyan
      Aliyan 7 months ago +11

      That's a very small thing you had to go through, American. I am an Iraqi, I lived through getting bombed by America my whole life. Everyone remembers the 2000 dead in 9/11 but nobody remembers the 2,000,000 innocent Iraqis killed by America.

    • Baby Sonic GT
      Baby Sonic GT 7 months ago


  • Max Roberts
    Max Roberts 2 years ago +85

    Both of my parents were flight attendants for United Airlines at the time and my dad had flown the route of United 175 (the flight that hit the South Tower) the week before 9/11. It's scary to think how this just as easily could have been one of them. Fortunately, both of them were home that day.

    • The Black knight
      The Black knight 6 months ago +2

      Still 20 years on I cannot believe 9/11 happened... Doesn't feel like 20 years ago but sadly it is. No one will forget that day, the images and videos haunt you even if you weren't there. It upsets me so much :(

  • Jeanie coudriet
    Jeanie coudriet 7 years ago +2156

    So amazing to watch that! A day none of us hope to ever relive ever again for sure!

    • Kamya Gupta
      Kamya Gupta 6 months ago


    • SuBhaYU BiSwaS
      SuBhaYU BiSwaS Year ago

      @Patriot123 Dude do you know the guy named Mohammad ? He has a construction company who has built all the major infrastructure related to oil for US in Saudi Arabia. And guess what he had many sons one of them was Bin Laden. Do you think that's a coincidence? No. US knew something like this would happen. Alqueda operatives Carried out several attacks throughout the world on US embassies or US interest for two years leading up to 911. So CIA had lot of intel. But their intelligence sharing tactics were very different pre 911. So yah. Thus the attack on 2001 was coming. I am not justifying but US could have done something about it.

    • J entertainment
      J entertainment Year ago

      @mia1shooter lol

    • Jen and Chris
      Jen and Chris 2 years ago

      @Darcy Brummett we are reliving even a worst situation now... crazy times

  • M J
    M J 2 years ago +295

    As someone born after the attacks, I can so easily forget that they hit both of the tallest towers in the world and the pentagon, must have seemed like the end of the damn world.
    Edit wow TheXvid took 8 years to recommend this to me. I’m 16, it literally took half my life time for yt to decide to show me this vid.

    • Liam Youngblood
      Liam Youngblood 7 months ago

      I was only six when 9/11 happened, so I’m about ten years older than you. My elementary school decided to tell students in 3rd-5th grades what was happening, but not kindergarten-2nd grade (I was in first grade at the time). I got home and noticed my grandmother shaken. She did her best to explain to me what was going on, and said that she didn’t want me to be scared when she turned on the TV, yet when I went to sleep that night, I stared at my glow-in-the-dark stars and moon on my bedroom ceiling thinking my mom was in imminent danger (she worked in a skyscraper in downtown Atlanta), not knowing air traffic was grounded for a few days. Even being as close in age to you as I am, it was still a harrowing experience, and I hope you never have to experience something like it yourself.

    • Praetorian Dorn
      Praetorian Dorn 2 years ago

      @TheTwilightGamer Theres lots more, like folks jumping out of the building because its on fire, folks in groups jumping and waving to get the attention of anyone that could help them. All of this was broadcast on the day, really terrible stuff. All of my teachers were as stunned as we were watching it.

    • TheTwilightGamer
      TheTwilightGamer 2 years ago

      Praetorian Dorn yeah, I was born several years after the 2001 and all I’ve seen myself is clips of the actual collisions (plus this vid)

    • Praetorian Dorn
      Praetorian Dorn 2 years ago +2

      @TheTwilightGamer It was just how the news and tv in general was that day. The impacts and the towers collapsing were shown on live tv over and over all day long with the presenter gibbering away about Osama Bin Laden and how the world is to respond.

    • TheTwilightGamer
      TheTwilightGamer 2 years ago

      Praetorian Dorn to me it seems utterly ridiculous for teachers to do that, /maybe/ with teenagers. But with 10 year olds?!

  • kevin Kissinger
    kevin Kissinger 2 years ago +156

    There was only one plane allowed to fly on September 1th 2001
    It was carrying medicine from Texas to Florida and it had an air force escort service

  • Preston
    Preston 4 years ago +3844

    1:16 guy flying out in the alantic like screw this

  • Globe255
    Globe255 6 years ago +288

    In fact weird that there isn't a lot of accidents going on, but that's a good proof that flying is a safe form for transportation, the most secure form that is existing.

  • Angel Covarrubias
    Angel Covarrubias 2 years ago +240

    Imagine flying to New York and your not in one of the hijack planes just seeing the towers collapse

    • JangoFett220
      JangoFett220 7 months ago

      Elijah Wood said in an interview he, Sean Bean and I think Orlando Bloom has been in New York the previous day doing promo work for Fellowship of the Ring and left that morning to fly back to LA and he saw Flight 11 hit the north tower from the flight they were on.

    • Soul
      Soul Year ago +2

      There was a Delta flight that reported a lot of smoke in the World Trade Center to NY center as they were departing

    • XORogers495
      XORogers495 2 years ago +49

      Flight 93 was able to see the first collision as they took off from Newark. That's how they knew what was happening so they could crash the plane before it hit DC

  • EpicMeme Productions
    EpicMeme Productions 2 years ago +59

    Imagine being one of the pilots across the country listening into the situation

  • William Rob
    William Rob 8 years ago +1393

    At 1:17 there is a blip that departs southern North Carolina directly east obviously super sonic. Wonder what that is?

    • YEETMAN5656
      YEETMAN5656 6 months ago

      @MRQuestionYourMother You can easily see military planes on ADS-B

    • airsoft dude 69
      airsoft dude 69 7 months ago

      I think radar range. Typical air traffic radars have a range I think for locating planes. Either it's this or transponder got cut

    • DASCO2136
      DASCO2136 7 months ago

      It was Spaceball One going to Ludicrious Speed

    • Anna
      Anna Year ago +1

      I'm a few years late to this party, but if it hasn't already been said,at this time there were a few super sonic civilian aircraft. They just weren't really worth the money and were too loud...and were quickly taken out of service in the early 2000s.

    • Aamaud Rutherford
      Aamaud Rutherford Year ago

      Superman or goku

  • SparklyDiamondz
    SparklyDiamondz 2 years ago +49

    It’s crazy how all this communication, scheduling, etc just works for commercial planes. It’s flawless.

  • Lorin K
    Lorin K 3 years ago +18

    I had a golden moment in my life where I was providing security for NAVCANA Enroute air traffic control security. I asked the main controller what the airspace above the US was like and he explained most air-traffic made it to the ground except one aircraft. He over heard communications from US ATC and a f15 that one aircraft had not landed. He said he heard this pining sound from the F15 broadcast. He said that was a air to air missile that was ready to be used to take down the airliner.

  • billiebuffalove
    billiebuffalove 4 years ago +53

    What is kind of emotional about this is that you see the Canadian airspace clearing too, for obvious reasons, and then organized streams of aircraft coming across from other countries, when they started to accept American bound flights.

  • sweiland75
    sweiland75 5 years ago +36

    Also, nearly 250 planes over Canada were diverted to other airports, carrying upwards of 45,000 passengers. This was called Operation Yellow Ribbon.

  • Emma P
    Emma P Year ago +16

    19 years. It's now been 19 years. I hope the lives lost rest easy, and that anyone who was there have people to talk to❤️❤️

  • Ratmoonapper
    Ratmoonapper 9 years ago +2

    During an ATC briefing while I as in flight school in 2002, an Atlanta Center controller said he personally spoke to a Lear 45 jet flying at 40,000 feet when the "all-stop" order came down. That aircraft just past Knoxville, TN by 6 miles traveling at 450 MPH, and still landed at Knoxville without flying no further than 10 miles away from Knoxville. Talk about an ear popping flight!

  • Void Aviation
    Void Aviation 7 months ago +6

    Many forget about the air traffic controllers that day. It was definitely the most stressful day of their lives having to ground a plane every minute

  • Vincent
    Vincent 2 years ago +9

    Imagine being in one of those planes while all this was happening and you learn about it all at once when your plane lands

  • Kenneth Grantham
    Kenneth Grantham 7 months ago +2

    What an amazing presentation! Thank you for putting 9/11 airspace traffic in perspective for those of us who fly regularly. A very bad day for everyone. Hope nothing like that day ever happens again.

  • 442Rickmaniac
    442Rickmaniac 8 years ago +1

    I found this really interesting because I had a flight to Hawaii supposed to leave from SFO on 9-12, and I will never forget how quiet it was in our area (about 5 miles from SFO) during the flight shutdown.

  • SomeoneCommenting
    SomeoneCommenting 4 years ago +6

    Most of these flights were of those sardine cans that do just short local flights between close states. That's why the map clears so fast, since they can land in any regional airport. You can see that only the truly large planes stay at the end because they need to land only in large international airports. The Denver one is a nice example, you can see all planes coming back to it.

  • Sweettooth187
    Sweettooth187 2 years ago +4

    One of the weird things you never think about is, when they build airports, do they build the runways to accommodate that many planes during a national emergency?

  • Trudi Brown
    Trudi Brown 2 years ago +47

    One man said that he missed his flight and the plane he was going on was one of the four planes

    • L Jax
      L Jax 2 years ago +2

      Trudi Brown that was the creator of family guy

    • Krnixle
      Krnixle 2 years ago

      Gordan looks like you’re running late.

  • King PufflePuff
    King PufflePuff 3 years ago +6

    Those planes literally started dropping like flies once the order was made to stop air traffic. Amazing.

  • NOSfusion
    NOSfusion 5 years ago +928

    Who's plane is that at 1:49 leaving the country?

    • Queue Master
      Queue Master 2 years ago

      767 fueled with Mountain Dew

    • Steve Clarkson
      Steve Clarkson 2 years ago

      Fighter jet

    • Steve Clarkson
      Steve Clarkson 2 years ago

      Fighter plane

    • Jerroo
      Jerroo 2 years ago

      Aaah 🤣🤣

    • Epc
      Epc 2 years ago

      @iTzFunny that's prolly what a blackbird would look like...my guess is lag

  • Armistice023
    Armistice023 4 years ago

    At the time I was living in the paths of 2 major airports in the area. Was very surreal not hearing or seeing any planes in the sky for a few days. I remember being outside and talking with my dad about it while staring at the sky. Very eerie feeling

  • Freaky Snuke
    Freaky Snuke 4 years ago +452

    Still a bit unsatisfying to see that not every plane has landed at the end of the video...

    • Chris Bruce
      Chris Bruce 2 years ago

      @Indra It shoud be it was up for a while, like they went to alot of places..

    • Ethan Gregg
      Ethan Gregg 2 years ago

      Freaky Snuke the only thing that happened is that ☝️ sky plane hit the town zero base over America

    • HooDini FTW
      HooDini FTW 2 years ago

      Those are millitary jets

    • Daniel
      Daniel 2 years ago

      The VC-25 aircraft never show on tracking sites, and when the president is aboard, they broadcast no data over unencrypted systems.

    • MillionFoul
      MillionFoul 2 years ago +1

      @Kartkid024 Yeah, with most aircraft you can't turn off ADS-B, that's the "Automatic " part. It can be used to make up the mode S portion of a transponder, so that's fairly common as well.

  • ruzzell907
    ruzzell907 2 years ago +1

    I'd like to know how the pilots who were flying at the time felt when they heard the news while in flight. The last thing they want is flying while there might be hijackers onboard the plane.

  • Great 16
    Great 16 7 months ago +3

    lets just appreciate the atc's well-done work on landing thousands of planes in less than 3 hours.

  • blackmantalking
    blackmantalking 4 years ago +4

    That's one specific thing I remember from that day. It was eerily still (at least here in the Northeast) and there was not a plane in the sky. For this area, that was very unsettling.

    • SD
      SD Year ago

      Yeah that’s also where it happened so there’s that

  • Dan B
    Dan B 7 months ago +3

    The airport of Halifax, New Scotia, Canada had to take every single flight from Europe one by one four many hours that day...considering the size of the airport and his effectives It's just a miracle that this situation cause any incident happen that day...

  • Tyra Richards
    Tyra Richards 2 years ago

    What a crazy day, I can only imagine how those felt who were on the planes at the time and knew about the attacks

  • Morgan Franks
    Morgan Franks 3 years ago +2

    I can’t even imagine how terrifying it must have been to fly that next day.

    • Cool Cat
      Cool Cat 2 years ago +1

      Morgan Franks They actually didn’t. I think all the airlines were grounded for 3 days. But that would’ve been nerve wrecking too.

  • Linda Easley
    Linda Easley 3 years ago +9

    Such a strange , surreal time .
    I remember when the American Airlines flight crashed in New York a month later , most people's first reaction was ' oh no , another terrorist attack '

  • Kevin Stojda
    Kevin Stojda 2 years ago +1

    I was in Boston doing a trade show and more than likely heard the two NYC bound jetliners flying overhead.
    After hearing about the second plane hitting the Twin Towers we went to the DoubleTree Hotel and watched them collapse. My friend who I was with started crying.

  • KeithKman
    KeithKman 2 years ago +2

    Imagine being the head of the FAA and Sept 11th 2001 was your first day on the job. That was exactly the case for Ben Sliney, former FAA National Operations Manager. His first day in this position was September 11, 2001, and he was responsible for ordering a National Ground Stop across United States airspace. Hard to top that.

    • Anya Filcek
      Anya Filcek 8 months ago

      Can't even imagine how he felt that day.

  • Pig
    Pig 2 years ago +12

    R.I.P to everyone who died. You will be missed.

  • noellana
    noellana 8 months ago

    Amazing how well coordinated this was when they couldn’t coordinate with the military just before the attacks to stop them.

  • Clint Patac
    Clint Patac 2 years ago +13

    The sky’s that day may have never been that clear since the invention of the airplane.

  • susulemons
    susulemons 2 years ago +16

    Would be cool to be able to see this during covid-19 coronavirus season

    • S S
      S S 8 months ago

      Good call

  • Rst28
    Rst28 4 years ago

    I was working right next to LAX that day. Runways just less than 300 yards away.
    I will never forget the eerie silence I experienced.
    Not a jet was taking off or landing at one of the busiest airports on the Planet.

  • Renzoh Gumangan
    Renzoh Gumangan Year ago +4

    Some kid on a flight was probably like: “but mom I wanna go to Canada! Not USA!”
    The mom was like: “we have no choice”
    **flight diverts to Canada**

  • OvalWingNut
    OvalWingNut 4 years ago +1

    What a amazing (ill feeling?) view of the data. GR8T way to remind people of what happened on 911 in their customary "small bite" attention span.

  • Wojo8888
    Wojo8888 9 years ago +1

    One small error. AAL77 departed IAD. It is listed early in the timeline as leaving BOS, then the same call sign leaving IAD.

  • Tim Honks
    Tim Honks 4 years ago +37

    Amazing how the mountains dictate where we live and operate

  • W D-Type
    W D-Type 4 years ago

    This is quite the spectacle. Amazing how quickly things can change.

  • 2fast
    2fast 6 months ago

    I was on a plane that day going to Orlando Florida. The towers were hit before we landed. The captain never said a word on the intercom. We had no idea what was happening until we landed. When we got into the airport, it was full of people who were grounded, and the TV's were on showing the towers.

  • NY Mapper
    NY Mapper 4 years ago +262

    You can actually see Flight 93 dissapear from the map if you look close enough :(

    • SuperChris153
      SuperChris153 4 years ago +7

      It probably is possible to see it disappear from radar, but it will be so difficult as all the aircraft are already landing and turning off radar at the time of its crash.

    • kam2244 X
      kam2244 X 4 years ago +56

      Make the video full screen and watch frame by frame starting at 1:03. There are four planes in the vicinity and then three.

    • Anas Saleh
      Anas Saleh 4 years ago +10

      NY Mapper so did you see it ? Don’t tell me it is just there because we all know that but you can’t i don’t care how closely you look

    • NY Mapper
      NY Mapper 4 years ago +20

      Anas saleh yes, you can.

  • Timtwoface
    Timtwoface 8 months ago

    Good job on Canada handling so many of the overseas flights from Asia and Europe on that day; I live in Vancouver and the tarmack was a parking lot full of planes. And of course all major cities nationwide and especially the smaller airports like Gander went above and beyond to help these stranded travellers.

  • Kyle Mikesell
    Kyle Mikesell 5 months ago

    I lived near Detroit Metro airport at that time. I was 6 and at school, and while the teachers hid us from the horrors, we all noticed the large amount of planes landing… but none were taking off.

  • Indio Side
    Indio Side 6 years ago +9

    The US Forest Service continued tanker runs out of Pocatello and Stockton. One flew directly over head over SR 99. I was think of how it was one of the few in the air.

  • Tammy Goulet Schrader
    Tammy Goulet Schrader 8 months ago

    All US airspace cleared of all planes in about 20 minutes. Amazing people working in air traffic control that day to get all of those planes landed to the nearest airport or be shot out of the sky. Much respect to all of them on that horrible day to remain as calm as possible and to try to save the lives of people.

  • Ivan Nava
    Ivan Nava 4 years ago +4937

    Before and after spraying Raid on ants

  • Ippie
    Ippie 2 years ago +1

    I lived in Cincinnati and it was a clear sky but usually there would be a lot of jetliners and contrails visible on that kind of day. I do remember looking at the sky and not a single plane was in the air.

  • CrazyDash
    CrazyDash 2 years ago +47

    The controller must have been stressed during this

  • Vektorer
    Vektorer 9 years ago

    On that morning I worked the East Sector at Kalamazoo, Michigan from 0930-1100. That was a shift that no controller, who worked it, will ever forget. As for us, we were missing one guy who called-in sick and another getting some much needed beauty sleep at home. At 0825, I watched the watch sup pound down 4 aspirin (his standard dose) with a cup of black coffee and state, "Looks like it's going to be one of those days..."

  • Urban Planner
    Urban Planner 6 years ago +325

    I wonder what that radar contact is off the coast of North Carolina at much higher speed at the end?

    • Avanish Awade
      Avanish Awade 5 months ago

      It could've been a Concorde 🙂

    • topside 1246
      topside 1246 8 months ago

      Probably some guy who learned what was going on, said “fuck this” and turned around. Can’t say I blame him either! To ATC, 9/11 must’ve been every one of their nightmares come true!

    • BigMan Dan
      BigMan Dan 2 years ago

      no satisfaction f-22 in 2001?

    • Patrick Jones
      Patrick Jones 2 years ago +2

      Some high speed classified military aircraft responding to something. :)

    • runninggames771
      runninggames771 2 years ago +5

      It's a glitch. It travels 1000 miles in 5 minutes.

  • Jeremy Pabalate
    Jeremy Pabalate 8 months ago

    I've never seen like this before. Amazing how they were so quick to halt all flights.

  • Lorin K
    Lorin K 6 years ago +14

    About ten years ago I was providing security at Vancouver ATC center owned by NavCanada. I had a tour of the inside control room with the lead flight manager. He told me he was working ATC the morning of September 11th. I cannot recall if he said a F-15 or F-16 was scrambled into the airspace but he said he was listening to the Com communications between the Fighter Pilot and perhaps Seattle ATC. A sound that came over the radio when the fighter would key up his mike and it sounds something like "pong....bzzzzt!." he found out that was a Surface to Air Missile Sound locked onto the airliner and the pilot was ready to fire on the Airliner.

    • RKBA300WM
      RKBA300WM 4 years ago +14

      LOL SURFACE to air missile from an airplane eh? All missiles fired from aircraft are either air to air or air to ground.

    • Lorin K
      Lorin K 5 years ago +2

      It was just a regular airliner that was having com issues so a jet escorted to land early.

    • fuggotry
      fuggotry 5 years ago +2

      even if you heard right who knows if it was one of the actual hijacked planes or one of the other ones

  • jenbill1602
    jenbill1602 6 years ago +153

    I work nights California Central Valley everything coming from east start lining up on final approach to San Francisco What a strange and Erie feeling not to see a single plane in the night sky Something out of the Twilight Zone is what it felt like, I was waiting for Rod Sterling to show up and start narrating, surreal moment in time to witness

    • eighthturtle
      eighthturtle 3 years ago

      Scottish Girl Same for Halifax, Nova Scotia where I live on shore of St. Margarets Bay under major flyways to/from Europe. No airplane sounds for days was chilling. I wanted to cheat when I heard the first departing plane go over on Saturday.

    • Scottish Girl
      Scottish Girl 4 years ago +8

      jenbill1602 same for my area, you don't realize how used to the patterns you are, and the sound, until it's not there for several weeks. Was at a park when restarted, first one over, everyone cheered. Was a symbol of hope to us all.

  • Loopy
    Loopy 2 years ago +1

    I remember being in school all day then going outside, the sky was so clear and not a plane in sight that time of day on the 11th.

  • Wendy's Twitter
    Wendy's Twitter 2 years ago +16

    1:16 Y’all see that plane take off super fast from southern North Carolina?

  • xygomorphic44
    xygomorphic44 8 months ago

    What's the interesting is that the US also closed their airspace to arriving international flights. Pretty much all the inbound north atlantic flights had to turn back or were diverted to Canadian airports, and you can them in this video diverting around to Maine to Quebec airports and landing in Nova Scotia.

  • L S
    L S 2 years ago

    I remember that day it was quiet outside. Except for some fighters I could hear leaving Dobbins AFB. I’m in Atlanta home of the worlds busiest airport and the amount of noise pollution we cancel out daily is something we don’t realize.

  • Klopford
    Klopford 4 years ago

    My grandpa is a retired ATC. He was out golfing that morning and was able to tell what happened by watching the flight patterns of all airplanes that went over the course (which was located near a major airport.)

  • Evan Olson
    Evan Olson Year ago

    What if you were on a plane that day and heard about what was going on? I’d be absolutely terrified and looking all over the cabin!

  • Lumps
    Lumps 2 years ago

    my grandfather was on a flight for work on 9/11, when they found out the country was under attack and all flights were grounded he was right in the middle of it and was stuck in some air port not where his meeting was supposed to be

  • RPGeek
    RPGeek 4 years ago +44

    For everyome asking what that was in north carolina I live in that part of North Carolina and I am just outside of a military base called camp Lejeune I think it could be a jet going to fly over the ocean to be ready to shoot anything that it needed to down

    • Jimmy Kouba
      Jimmy Kouba 2 years ago

      I agree. It didn't take long to patrol oyr land from sea to sea.

    • T Raw
      T Raw 2 years ago

      There’s also Mcas cherry point, and new river. Plus Seymour Johnson afb, fort Bragg etc. could’ve been from anywhere but I doubt from Lejeune.

  • Frank The Bunny
    Frank The Bunny 2 years ago

    I wish I were intelligent enough to completely understand what this all meant. I was in preschool during 9/11 in NY and all I remember is being on lockdown and watching it unfold on TV. All of these patterns make zero sense to me but thank you for uploading this, regardless.

  • BlitzCreed
    BlitzCreed 4 years ago +66

    1:49 Am I the only one that notices the plane leaving at a high speed off the coast of North Carolina?

    • Lelouch vi Britannia
      Lelouch vi Britannia 4 years ago +2

      Could be military aircraft intercepting an airliner, given the fact that almost 3,000 people were murdered. Or it could be the aliens 😑

    • GameWekelijks
      GameWekelijks 4 years ago

      What Eric?

    • C J
      C J 4 years ago +5

      BlitzCreed only NASA and SPACEX rockets move that fast. Doesn't add up. Think about how much ground that blink covered.

    • Shaise Kindering
      Shaise Kindering 4 years ago


    • El Chungo
      El Chungo 4 years ago +16

      BlitzCreed probably a military stealth aircraft that failed at the "stealth" part.

  • Jimmy Kouba
    Jimmy Kouba 2 years ago +3

    Thank you for the upload never saw this before. A big cheers and Thank You to Canada and Mexico for their part in helping in the diverting. As well any other country far beyond Thank You.

  • Rosehip Of St. Gloriana

    I keep thinking about the ATCs.
    must’ve been a nightmare at every major airport (Especially those in the Northeast)

  • Morcatna
    Morcatna 6 months ago

    The heroes are also the people who were in charge of air traffic control. That seriously looks like a stressful job! Bravo to them!!!

  • nbh2315
    nbh2315 3 years ago +27

    i left school "sick" about 11 or so that day and remember being concerned about the fact i saw a plane in the air on the way home when there wasnt supposed to be

  • Waleed Higgins
    Waleed Higgins 2 years ago

    An airline pilot can instantly send a hijack alert by a number of methods, including a button on the joystick. On 9/11 four airliners went rogue yet none of the eight pilots sent an alert.
    Flight 11, Boston-LA, diverted N shortly after take-off and, at the edge of a large "radar corridor" (an area beyond FAA and NORAD mechanical radar coverage), the on-board transponder (which sends flight data such as identity, altitude, and GPS position to air-traffic control) was switched off.
    The plane then reappeared on radar, turned SE, and crossed paths with Flight 175, Boston-LA, before going on to hit the North Tower of the World Trade Centre at 8:46 (a flash of light glinted from the plane's nose a split second before impact). Flight 175 continued SW until, at 8:47, it passed in close proximity to Flight 93, Newark-San Francisco, whose take-off had been delayed by 25 minutes. Just before the closest point of approach 175's transponder was switched off, the plane then swung around and flew NE to hit the South Tower at 9:03 (another ray of light shone from the plane's nose a split second before it hit its target). Flight 93, after diverting N to meet 175, proceeded W at cruising altitude and entered a large radar hole near Cleveland.
    Flight 77, Washington DC-LA, flew 300 W after take-off passing through a substantial N-S radar corridor over W Virginia. 77 turned, its transponder was switched off, and it re-entered radar darkness heading E.
    The plane then appeared on radar, flew all the way back to DC and looped to hit the newly renovated, reinforced west wedge of the Pentagon at 9:37 killing a number of accountants and destroying their paperwork (all CCTV footage of the impact was then seized by the FBI and has never been released).
    After flying W for 45 minutes Flight 95 was finally warned - by a United dispatcher acting on his own initiative - "Beware any cockpit intrusion" (9:23-24). Three minutes later the first spurious cellphone call (from 35,000 ft) was received, "Our plane has been hijacked ... call the authorities" (the resultant 9-1-1 calls would help establish the 93 crash site as an FBI crime scene). At 9:27 the pilot replied, "Ed, confirm latest message please - Jason". One minute later 93 dropped 700 ft and the pilot yelled over the radio "Mayday" and "Hey get out of here, get out of here - get out of here" (no formal hijack alert was sent). At 9:32 air-traffic control were informed, "We have a bomb on board". The jetliner turned S. A flight attendant contacted UA by Airfone at 9:36 and notified them of the hijacking. At 9:39 air-traffic control were warned once again "We have a bomb aboard". With its hijack status clearly established 93's transponder was switched off and it re-entered radar darkness heading for Washington DC. Incredibly, the Defence Department claim that they were unaware of Flight 93 until 10:07 - one minute after the 9/11 attack.
    "An aircraft at Eglin AFB would be painted and numbered as an exact duplicate for a civil registered aircraft belonging to a CIA proprietary organization in the Miami area. At a designated time the duplicate would be substituted for the actual civil aircraft ... The actual registered aircraft would be converted to a drone.... From the rendezvous point the passenger-carrying aircraft will descend to minimum altitude and go directly into an auxiliary field at Eglin AFB ... When over Cuba the drone will begin transmitting on the international distress frequency a 'MAY DAY' message stating he is under attack by Cuban MIG aircraft." Department of Defence, Operation Northwoods, March 1962
    Drafted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and submitted to Defence Secretary Robert McNamara on 13 March 1962, the DOD's Top Secret Operation Northwoods proposal - for false flag attacks on American civilian and military targets to be used as the pretext for a war on Cuba - was rejected by President John F Kennedy. Among the possible scenarios outlined in "brief but precise" detail was a fiendish plane-swap deception involving the replacement of a "chartered civil airliner" with an exact duplicate. Passengers would board the mock-up at a regular airport and the plane would take off as normal. The original registered aircraft would be converted to a drone at a secret-state facility. At a pre-planned position the two would rendezvous, the piloted aircraft - carrying a black-ops team "boarded under carefully prepared aliases" - would descend below radar and head to an "auxiliary field" at a nearby Air Force base. The original airliner, under remote control, would continue along the duplicate's flight path until, at a suitable location, it would be blown out of the sky by "Cuban MIGs" (i.e. on-board explosives remotely detonated). Retrieved in 1997 under Freedom of Information laws by a federal agency dealing with documents related to the assassination of President Kennedy, the Defence Department's preliminary Northwoods proposal - "suitable for planning purposes" - also recommended planting aircraft debris and phoney evidence at crash sites and called for the development of a "Communist Cuban terror campaign" within US cities to be blamed on Cuban agents and refugees.
    "three males appearing to be Iranian ... dark-skinned with red bandanas on their heads ... two in the cockpit and a third had a red belt with a box that constituted some kind of a bomb." A synthesized cellphone call from Flight 93 ("Cellphones don't work at five or six miles of altitude. That's why airlines were only introducing pico-cell technology to enable them to do so in 2006/7", Rowland Morgan, Flight 93 Revealed)
    During a 2004 Christmas Eve address to US forces in Baghdad Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld actually said: "the people who attacked the United States in New York, shot down the plane over Pennsylvania." The one eyewitness to 93's ostensible "crash" was Lee Purbaugh, a scrap-metal worker hired only the day before: "I saw it rock from side to side then, suddenly, it dipped and dived, nose first, with a huge explosion, into the ground." According to the 9/11 Commission Report - based on flight data supplied by the Pentagon and FBI - 93 supposedly rolled over at 580 mph and then "crashed" upside down. Three "loud bangs" were heard and 12 witnesses reported seeing an unmarked white fighter-jet circling overhead. A C-130 cargo plane was also seen and is officially acknowledged to have been in the area. Several boxes of "surprisingly intact mementos of lives lost" were recovered from the Shanksville crater site and main Indian Lake debris field some 3 miles to the east (a hijacker's Lebanese passport and Cripps-style red bandana were also retrieved). Leading seismologists, using consolidated data from four seismic survey stations in the area, fixed the origin time of the Shanksville 9/11 shockwave to 10:06:05 +/- 5 seconds. According to the official story, however, the plane "crashed" at 10:03.
    "What? Up, down. Ahh. Ahh. Unintelligible. Ahh. Shut them off. Shut them off. Go. Go. Move. Move. Turn it up. Down, down. Pull it down. Pull it down. Down. Push, push, push, push, push. Hey. Hey. Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me. Give it to me. Unintelligible. Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest. No. Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest." Flight 93 cockpit voice recorder (CVR) transcript, 10:01:41-10:03:09
    A different version of Flight 93's CVR was played to bereaved relatives in August 2002. Apparently, the earlier version ended with the voice of a male passenger at the controls and Tom Burnett (the first synthesized cellphone caller) could be clearly heard: "When she heard her husband's voice, Deena immediately locked eyes with her mother-in-law, Beverly Bernett, and they held hands and wept. 'We had not heard his voice in eight months at that point and just immediately began to cry', Deena says", "The Burnetts", USA Today, 9/11/2002. "Let's Roll" - the Pentagon's Muslim-killing war slogan - was supposedly uttered by evangelical Christian Todd Beamer as he rushed forward to battle Arab Islamists in an upside down plane with other American heroes while NORAD staged attacks and played war games in Canada. A Verizon Airfone operator reputedly overheard the recruitment catchphrase via a dangling receiver after a teary, unrecorded phone conversation with "Todd". (Verizon Corporation signed a $1.4 billion telecoms deal with the Bush neocon criminals and their deranged Pentagon politicals soon after the 2000 election grab.)
    "a number of regimes remain deeply hostile to America - North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Syria ... a new Pearl Harbor ... remove these regimes from power and conduct post-combat stability operations.... multiple, simultaneous theatre wars ... service budgets must return to the [Cold War] level of approximately $90 to $95 billion ... further NATO expansion ... Raising U.S. military strength in East Asia is the key to coping with the rise of China to great-power status.... a new family of nuclear weapons designed to address new sets of military requirements ... Over the long term, Iran may well prove as large a threat to U.S. interests in the Gulf as Iraq has.... advanced forms of biological warfare that can 'target' specific genotypes ... budget levels to be increased to 3.5 to 3.8 percent of GDP.... a system of global missile defences ... a galaxy of surveillance satellites ... Control of space and cyberspace.... If defense budgets remain at projected levels, America's global military preminence will be impossible to maintain, as will the world order that is secured by that pre-eminence." The Project for a New American Century, Rebuilding America's Defences, September 2000

  • Meester Writer
    Meester Writer 2 years ago +4

    Weird how the plane I was on that day heading to Tel Aviv wasn't grounded. In fact none of us were told anything had happened by the pilots.

    • Bill Walker
      Bill Walker 7 months ago

      If it was on El Al airlines it's because they have the most stringent security procedures. Security for El Al is provided by the Israeli Military at airports and on airplanes. El Al also has missile defense systems on thier aircraft.
      El Al is the only commercial airline to equip its planes with missile defense systems to protect its planes against surface-to-air missiles, and is considered one of the world's most secure airlines, thanks to its stringent security procedures, both on the ground and on board its aircraft provided by the Israeli Military.

  • John sarab
    John sarab Year ago

    Afterwards only fire fighting air tankers flew, out of Coeur D'Liene and Stockton - a tanker flew right over me, that day out of Stockton. It was chilling to think that was one of the few planes in the air, that afternoon.

  • pdxrailtransit
    pdxrailtransit 4 years ago

    Lived by the approach to PDX then, so eerie for those several days of no air traffic.

  • The Adventure Insider
    The Adventure Insider 2 years ago +6

    My mom's friend watched the South Tower collapse as he happened to be going out for a run on the Manhattan Bridge

  • marshalcraft
    marshalcraft 8 years ago

    you would have to find two different points in time and estimate the distance traveled to determine the average speed

  • Dan Black
    Dan Black 2 years ago

    The decision to halt commercial air traffic during this isn’t nearly as hard as making the decision to reopen traffic a few days later. Could you imagine the fear of the unknown making that decision?

  • Joshua Sonson
    Joshua Sonson 2 years ago +4

    I cant imagine in 19 years, airspace closes down again due to a pandemic 😕

  • ben dover • 103 years ago

    My father was on a business trip to Sudan (Africa) that day. When they got off their plane the Sudanese were celebrating, there were children and adults running through the capital's streets joyfully.
    The business meeting was of course cancelled but there was no way to get out of Sudan because all flights had been cancelled. My father and his fellow business partners being white wanted to get the hell out of Sudan. After many days of fear my father got a call that an Egypt Air plane (i believe) was to depart from the airport. People were literally fighting for plane tickets at the airport and in the end egypt air had put in that many seats that there was not more than a shoe lenght of leg room and some people had no seat at all. They flew to namibia (i believe) and from there they had struggles finding pyet another plane back to europe. In the end they flew to Amsterdam, and then back home.

    • gumisora
      gumisora 2 years ago

      So it was like a bus or a metro? Standing??

  • E R
    E R 2 years ago +4

    Whoa.. Great video. Really puts that day into a different perspective .

  • elige brown
    elige brown 2 years ago +3

    I lived in Utah at the time near Salt Lake City. It was weird having no aircraft flying around.

  • MrGriff305
    MrGriff305 2 years ago +13

    This made me realize how many more people there are on the eastern side of the country.

  • radanju3
    radanju3 Year ago

    Is there a way I could view an interactive version of this map where I can zoom into each individual plane???

  • Shahir Usmani
    Shahir Usmani 2 years ago +49

    In Lockdown: 9/11 recommended
    Decades Later: How Covid19 caused lockdown
    That's two world changing events in my lifetime already.

  • Stan Warren
    Stan Warren 7 months ago

    Imagine being airport security and knowing you let terroists on a passanger plane without knowing what would happen next. That must've been horrible.

  • IsaWafeeq
    IsaWafeeq 2 years ago +7

    watching this on the 18th anniversary of those horrible attacks. May those who died rest in peace.

    • William Listopad
      William Listopad 8 months ago +1

      Watching this on the 20th anniversary every time I see anything about 9/11 I get a pit in my stomach.

  • fallout man
    fallout man 3 years ago +1

    Look at all the flights diverted to Canada, wow! 😲

  • weeardguy
    weeardguy 8 months ago +1

    I can remember seeing a 3D animated timelapse as well in some documentary years ago. I still don't know how they pulled that one off.

  • John sarab
    John sarab Year ago

    Forest Service tankers kept flying; one flew right over my head out of Stockton, that afternoon (Pocatello, ID also had tankers aloft).