WNYC 9/11/2001

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A transcript from our 9/11/2001 airchecks:

MR. HILAN: This is WNYC AM 820 and online at wnyc.org.  It's 8:51.  Good morning. I'm Mark Hilan.

As we told you just moments ago, there has been some sort of an incident at the World Trade Center, and it involves an apparent accident involving an airplane of some type.  We have an eyewitness to the explosion or the incident, whatever you want to call it, at the World Trade Center this morning in the northern tower.    

Charlie Hines works for WNYC.  He is in the WNYC studios with me this morning. Charlie, tell us what you saw as an eyewitness.

MR. HINES:  Mark, this morning we had our underwriter sales meeting and I was sitting in the office right next to our general manager's office.  Unbelievable, an airplane flying, apparently out of control – it was waggling its wings, and it looked like it was trying to do some evasive maneuver. 

I’m kind of shocked because I was looking out the window.  I was immediately impressed at how the airplane was flying.  It was very low in the lower part of Manhattan here.  The wings were waggling.  I saw the airliner.  It appeared to be an American Airlines plane, and I thought, it's flying toward Newark, but good gosh, that's so low.

Moments later, we heard a rather large explosion.  We ran down the hall and out to the roof of the Municipal Building.  And sirens are starting.  There's a big explosion and indentation in the World Trade Center.  I don't know how else to say it.  It's - it was an incredible thing.

MR. HILAN:  All right, let me see if I can get you to give me at best the best description of what kind of airliner this was.  Was it a small plane, a large plane, like a commercial airliner?

MR. HINES:  Commercial airliner.  I saw the A.A. on the tail.  I don't think it was the rear-engined airplane.  It seemed to be engines under the wing.  A large airliner, and the impact was rather large.  It was toward the top quarter of the World Trade Center and there were several floors involved.


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