Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Recently released audio files detailing the unfolding horror of the September 11th attacks reveal the complete communications recordings between military and civilian air traffic controllers as they dealt with the hijackings in real time.
“We have a problem here. We have hijacked aircraft headed towards New York and we need you guys to, we need someone to scramble some F-16s or something up here to help us out,” a worker at a Boston control center says at 8:37 a.m., according to the recordings. No planes had struck any targets yet.
The official on the other end of the line asks if it is all a test.
“No, this is not an exercise, this is not a test!” the worker says.
The recordings show the confusion that ran rampant among air traffic controllers after the hijackers turned off their aircraft transponders, making it difficult for radar to track them.
In another excerpt, after the first plane had struck the North Tower World Trade Center, an official in a New York center sees a second plane: “Hey, can you look out your window right now?… Can you see a guy at about 4,000 feet, about five East of the airport right now? . . . do you see that guy — look — is he descending into the building also?”
Seconds later, the plane explodes inside the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
Someone is heard saying: “Another one just hit the building. Wow. Another one just hit it hard. Another one just hit the World Trade.”
“The whole building just, ah, came apart,” someone says.
Someone utters: “Oh my God.”
The complete audio files and transcripts are published on the Rutgers Law Review website. The 9/11 Commission staff had started compiling the recordings into a single document but did not finish in time for it be released with the Commission’s report.
Never never never NEVER FORGET.
Posted by STORMBRINGER at 11:53