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  • FRONT PAGE - September 11, 2001

    Banner Staff Saddened by first publishing task

    GRAND BLANC -- ECHO-61 is supposed to be a fun place. A place for fond memories. A place dedicated to serving only a very few people.

    Instead, in view of the events unfolding today in the U.S., it seems remiss that we should ignore perhaps the most serious world developments to occur in our lifetimes. The Banner has received the following report from the Associated Press.



    Plumes of smoke pour from the World Trade Center before the twin towers collapsed.


    One of the twin World Trade Center tower collapses after being hit Tuesday.

    Terrorists strike America by air
  • Two planes hit World Trade Center, towers collapse
  • Explosions rock Pentagon, State Department
  • United jet crashes near Pittsburgh
  • In a horrific sequence of destruction, terrorists crashed two planes into the World Trade Center and the twin 110-story towers collapsed Tuesday morning. Explosions also rocked the Pentagon and the State Department and spread fear across the nation.

  • At the scene of a nightmare: "People were jumping out of windows"
  • Thousands stranded at Michigan airports; primary election continues
  • D.C. workers scatter in terror
  • World watches in horror; airlines cancel international flights


  • Terrorist attacks destroy World Trade Center, rock D.C.
    Tuesday, September 11, 2001
    BY JERRY SCHWARTZ ASSOCIATED PRESS

    NEW YORK -- In a horrific sequence of destruction, terrorists crashed two planes into the World Trade Center and the twin 110-story towers collapsed Tuesday morning. Explosions also rocked the Pentagon and the State Department and spread fear across the nation.

    The fate of those in the skyscrapers was not immediately known. Authorities had been trying to evacuate the 50,000 people who work in the twin towers, but many were thought to be trapped.

    ``This is perhaps the most audacious terrorist attack that's ever taken place in the world,'' said Chris Yates, an aviation expert at Jane's Transport in London. ``It takes a logistics operation from the terror group involved that is second to none. Only a very small handful of terror groups is on that list. ... I would name at the top of the list Osama bin Laden.''

    President Bush ordered a full-scale investigation to ``hunt down the folks who committed this act.''

    Within the hour, an aircraft crashed on a helicopter landing pad near the Pentagon, a car bomb exploded outside the State Department, and the West Wing of the White House was evacuated amid threats of terrorism. And another explosion rocked New York about an hour after the crash.

    One of the planes that crashed into the Trade Center was American Airlines Flight 11, hijacked after takeoff from Boston en route to Los Angeles, the airline said. American Airlines issued a statement saying it had ``lost'' two aircraft -- Flight 11, with 92 people aboard, and Flight 77 from Washington to Los Angeles, carrying 64 people.

    In Pennsylvania, United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 en route from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco, crashed about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The fate of those aboard was not immediately known and it was not clear if the crash was related to the disasters elsewhere. In a statement, the airline also said it was deeply concerned about another plane, Flight 175, a Boeing 767 bound from Boston to Los Angeles. Authorities went on alert from coast to coast, evacuating high-profile buildings and tightening security at strategic installations.

    All planes were grounded across the country by the Federal Aviation Administration. All bridges and tunnels into Manhattan were closed down.

    Evacuations were ordered at the United Nations in New York and at the Sears Tower in Chicago. Los Angeles mobilized its anti-terrorism division, and security was intensified around the naval facilities in Hampton Roads, Va.

    One of the planes that crashed into the Trade Center was American Airlines Flight 11, hijacked after takeoff from Boston en route to Los Angeles, the airline said. The planes blasted fiery, gaping holes in the upper floors of the twin towers. A witness said he saw bodies falling and people jumping out. About an hour later, the southern tower collapsed with a roar and a huge cloud of smoke; the other tower fell about a half-hour after that.

    Firefighters trapped in the rubble radioed for help.

    ``Today we've had a national tragedy,'' Bush said in Sarasota, Fla. ``Two airplanes have crashed into the World Trade Center in an apparent terrorist attack on our country.'' He said he would be returning immediately to Washington.

    The crashes at the World Trade Center happened minutes apart, beginning just before 9 a.m.

    Heavy black smoke billowed into the sky above the gaping holes in the side of the twin towers, one of New York City's most famous landmarks, and debris rained down upon the street, one of the city's busiest work areas. When the second plane hit, a fireball of flame and smoke erupted, leaving a huge hole in the glass and steel tower.

    John Axisa, who was getting off a PATH train to the World Trade Center, said he saw ``bodies falling out'' of the building. He said he ran outside, and watched people jump out of the first building, and then there was a second explosion, and he felt heat on the back of neck.

    WCBS-TV, citing an FBI agent, said five or six people jumped out of the windows. People screamed every time another person leaped.

    David Reck was handing out literature for a candidate for public advocate a few blocks away when he saw a jet come in ``very low, and then it made a slight twist and dove into the building.''

    People ran down the stairs in panic and fled the building. Thousands of pieces of what appeared to be office paper came drifting over Brooklyn, about three miles away. Within the hour, an aircraft crashed on a helicopter landing pad near the Pentagon, a car bomb exploded outside the State Department, and the West Wing of the White House was evacuated amid threats of terrorism.And another explosion rocked New York about an hour after the crash.

     
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