Gripping audio (with transcripts) of 9/11 tapes

I applaud the New York Times and their interactive page they’ve titled The Story in the Air.

It brings it all back:

9:01 AM 0 minute, 23 seconds Wtc-911

With a second plane, United 175, also missing, a manager from F.A.A.’s New York Center tells the F.A.A. Command Center, in Herndon, Va., to alert the military immediately.

MULLIGAN

Check with your NOM (operations manager), do you know if anyone down there has done any coordination to scramble fighter-type airplanes?

BELL

[indistinct].

MULLIGAN

No, we have several situations going, going on here, it is escalating big, big time, and we need to get the military involved with us.

BELL

Why, what’s going on?

MULLIGAN

Just get me somebody who has the authority to get military in the air, now.

BELL

Alright, I’ll go tell ‘em.

9:02 AM 0 minute, 39 seconds

The controllers observe a plane in a rapid descent, then United 175 hit the World Trade Center.

UNKNOWN

Hey, can you look out your window right now?

TRACON

Yeah.

UNKNOWN

Can you, can you see a guy at about 4,000 feet, about five east of the airport right now, look’s like he’s …

TRACON

Yeah, I see him.

UNKNOWN

Do you see that guy, look, is he descending into the building also?

TRACON

He’s descending really quick too, Yeah.

UNKNOWN

Well that’s …

TRACON

Forty five hundred right now, he just dropped 800 feet in like, like one, one sweep.

UNKNOWN

That’s another situation.

UNKNOWN

What kind of airplane is that, can you guys tell?

TRACON

I don’t know, I’ll read it out in a minute.

BACKGROUND

Another one just hit the building.

BACKGROUND

Wow.

BACKGROUND

[indistinct] Wow. Another one just hit it hard. Another one just hit the World Trade.

TRACON

The whole building just ah came apart.

BACKGROUND

Oh my God.

UNKNOWN

Holy smoke. All right, I guess you guys are going to be busy.

TRACON

O.K.

I strongly suggest you take the time to check this page out.

10 years later, it’s still riveting, stomach churning, horrific.

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