September 11th As It Unfolds - FAA and NORAD Tapes

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Courtesy: Rutgers Law Review A New Type of War - The Story of the FAA and NORAD Response to the September 11, 2001 Attacks Full PDF transcript here: Video transcript is not 100% synched, but included for reference. Click to subscribe! AIRBOYD - The most viewed aviation channel on YouTube. #911 #09/11/01 #9/11 #9-11 #AIRBOYD #AvGeek


altruistic angel : i was an air traffic controller for the air force for ten years and i hated every second i was in the tower. the stress levels of the job were too much for me. my thoughts on this terrible day went immediately to the controllers. knowing that all the air traffic was grounded all over the united states, my heart literally started beating out of my chest for my brothers and sisters. god bless the victims and the families of this infamous day.

William Rehwinkel : 14:00 Communication with the first plane while it's hijacked 31:00 when the first plane hits 40:09 second plane hits 1:25:54 United 93 "mayday" 1:30:12 "We have a bomb on board" 1:38:22 Aircraft hits the ground 1:49:22 "Actually this is a day we won't forget for a long time"

T Abel : 34:10 / 35:20 I just noticed that the United 175 pilot was talking to New York about the AA hijacking just prior to being hijacked themselves.

Rachel El : 1. That Betty from American 11 was a hero. She gave the most information while the plane was being hijacked so that ground control understood their method of hijacking. 2. Boston was on top of it for grounding all their flights and getting the word out to all of the planes already in the sky. 3. Those poor pilots who were mid-air, knowing hijackings were happening. I can't even imagine. 4. The realization from American as soon as Indy contacts can hear American's heart plummet. What insanity....

Bonnie Monaghan : 1:30:25- 1:32:00 AMAZING work by the Cleveland Center controller redirecting 5 different planes all within under 2 minutes- ExecJet 956 was 15 miles away from a head on collision with Flight 93, and 15 miles is just seconds when 2 planes are flying toward each other each at 300 miles per hour. Unreal. Give that controller a raise for saving all the lives on that ExecJet 956

Wes Breden : So crazy surreal how this is people’s jobs, and one unexpected morning something like this happens that’s so unbelievable but they have to stay calm and do their jobs. And when it starts to feel real for them, you can start to see the job standards no longer matter. They start cussing and ditching code names for the sake of clarity because it’s beyond that now, and they have to do what it takes to communicate.

fanaticentertainment : Back here on 9/11/2018. Never Forget

Mick Davies : This is the most chilling account I have come across yet. The level of unpreparedness is staggering. Nevertheless , the levelheadedness of everyone on these recordings is remarkable. They were caught off guard, many were clearly incredulous at the outset, yet they still responded with a level of self-discipline and professionalism that was remarkable. Boston Center's performance, in particular, seems exemplary.

Matias Hogden : «He is down.» «He’s down? When did he land?» «He didnt land...»

Poker Invest : Listening to all of this, I realise that I am a clueless person that lives in a world that I take for granted whilst I am surrounded by people that dedicate their lives in making sure that clueless people like myself are protected. Thank you.

Brian Sullivan : Wow. I that I had seen or heard every single thing 9/11. I did not have this. I found it educational and disturbing at the same time. We said we will never forget, well, we didn't. FDNY 343.

Cheryl Bailey : I can't imagine the pressure these folks must have felt.

Faerie Hearthwitch : This is just heartbreaking to me. My family was friends with John Ogonowski, the pilot, and every anniversary he and all victims are held deeply in our prayers. My aunt and uncle had lunch with him at his house 24 hours before this happened. We miss your dearly, John.

Sideshow Bob : Hearing the heros on flight 93 was chilling

_Tom_ : God that's creepy that UAL 175 reported hearing a mysterious transmission from AAL 11 and then they were next.

moon shot43 : Nidia is on it.

Andrew G : Amazing how just hearing these audio clips had me on the edge of my seat for 2 hours even more than most modern movies. Powerful stuff here.

Harry Andruschak : Please do not feed the 9/11 conspiracy trolls. Let them eat the contents of their diapers. Thank you.

Reggie K : Poor Betty

JDela10 : I can't believe some of the comments here, especially the guy claiming they should all be fired. Listen up man, these are recordings from the moments these events were happening, they did not know what was going on. They could not benefit from YOUR hindsight. This collection of recordings come from air traffic control and military sources across mostly the U.S. East Coast. These people were not all sitting in the same room, they were far apart communicating over aviation communications systems and by phone. The Air Traffic Control crews had no idea what was going on.. you DO because you already know the story. All they knew was they lost communication with some planes, they heard bizarre transmissions etc. Hell, they didn't even know.. as you can see in these recordings.. that American Airlines Flight 11 had crashed into the WTC, they thought it was still in the air. Later on there is confusion between Delta 1989 and United 93, and that confusion passed along the channels. This is what happens when there is an unprecedented event occurring with a lot of different people involved in orchestrating and responding to it. The transmission from United 93 for example, when Ziad Jarrah said they have a bomb on board, he wasn't talking to Air Traffic Control. He knew how to fly from flight school but he didn't work in the airline industry, so he thought he was making an announcement to the cabin to the passengers to remain seated and that they had a bomb, when in reality he was actually broadcasting the message. So ATC likely thought he was telling them he had a bomb on board for a reason, in reality he had no intention of communicating with the outside world at all. As for the military response... this was a peace-time mindset. The U.S. air defence systems were simply NOT set up to defend the U.S. from domestic commercial airliners. In reality, the U.S. air defence system was still largely the same as it was after the Cold War, with the air threat over the U.S. being the Soviet Union, not domestic flights or anything inbound from the Atlantic. Of course, these days there are protocols in place to intercept and handle hijacked aircraft that do not respond, but that's the result of 9/11, not something that existed prior to it. Military jets had very infrequently beforehand intercepted troubled aircraft but they didn't intercept them to shoot them down. What you see on these recordings is mass confusion... what planes are not responding? what planes are down? where are they?.... the skies were FULL of aircraft, it was a mammoth effort to ground them all later on in the day, it was an extremely difficult situation. By the time the military even gets the green light from vice president Cheney to shoot down unresponsive aircraft, all four planes were already destroyed anyway. The system simply didn't work. Even President Bush couldn't contact anyone from Air Force One. People have a skewed image of the U.S. government and military systems from watching Hollywood movies and TV shows. They forget that these systems are full of people and run by people. They are not "hyper-competent", they don't just automatically react and do the right thing. The record actually shows that the U.S. government and even military can be extremely incompetent. What happened on 9/11 is pretty much this; Khalid Sheik Mohommad and Osama bin Laden figured out a way to exploit America's combination of a free society, modern technology, affordable air travel and peace time mindset. A bunch of assholes learned to fly and were flanked by "muscle hijackers" to subdue the crew and passengers. They stormed the cockpit and stabbed the pilots with box cutters (permissible before 9/11..) and convinced passengers and crew they had bombs, then they used the planes as essentially flying bombs. It sounds like they really did something extraordinary but in reality ask the experts... flying is easy as long as you don't have to take off or land. In America pre-9/11, it was nowhere near as difficult to get a VISA to travel or work in the U.S., particularly if you had a degree like, for example, Mohommas Atta did. Nobody suspected what they were up to... hell even Ziad Jarah's friends at the flight school in Florida loved him.. one of them said "If you knew him, you'd want him to marry your daughter", none of them looked particularly dangerous, they were well dressed, flying first class etc. Nobody had any reason to suspect them on those planes or at the airports. But again, the myth of the hyper-competent government s exposed because the intelligence agencies had trickles of information about a couple of these guys and yet somehow managed to not notice them getting into the U.S. We've all heard of the infamous August report to george bush "Bin laden determined to attack in U.S.," which even mentioned hijacked planes and the world trade center as a potential target (among many other things... try reading it without any knowledge of 9/11 coming to your mind..).. but in reality, there were many of these warnings. That bin laden was determined to strike the U.S. wasn't a secret, he said it publicly in an interview for TV when he declared Jihad against the U.S... twice.. in the 1990s. His people attacked the U.S.S. Cole and bombed the U.S. embassies, Clinton had put out a green light on bin Laden, shoot to kill. The truth is they probably underestimated their reach. America historically has been slow to respond to threats, not least of which was the fact that after Pearl Harbour, the U.S. STILL didn't declare war on Hitler.... in fact Hitler surprised the U.S. by honouring his commitments to Japan and declaring war on America.. if that didn't happen.. would America have declared war on Hitler at all? Truth is probably yes, but not for a long time. 9/11 is another case.... America basically ignored bin laden when he declared Jihad and only really started to try to get to him after the embassy attacks. But ye, I've gone on too long but my point is simple, the people recorded here were dealing with a situation on very very little good information. There was simply mass confusion about what was going on, what should be done etc. They... particularly air traffic control.. did not expect this in any way, shape or form. You listen to this stuff now with what's called a "hindsight bias", your brain thinks that what's happening should be bloody obvious to them but if you try to narrow it down to your rational mind, and think critically, without the knowledge you have, you wouldn't have a fucking clue what's going on either. I'm sure all of them feel terrible that they didn't have more of an idea and could have done something more effective earlier, but none of them will feel that they COULD have. They did the best they could given the era, given their training etc. 

Ralph Nader : At 1:10:35 that ID tech is so clear and concise in her overview of what they know so far. Amazing how cool and professional they became after realizing the scale of what was happening. That is some great training

SngGaming : My cousin was a flight attendant aboard 93. CeeCee Lyles was her name. I was in the first grade at Bayshore elementary in Port Saint Lucie FL on this day.

wzachko : 4:20 Wastes like 40 seconds getting her name. "There's a plane being hijacked" "Ok and your name is.... And you are.... And how is that spelled?? And your maiden name is?? Is that with two D's?? Ok and you were saying what now?? Ok spell the name of the airline please??

Caliado : Audio from United 93 is absolutely horrific 😓😭

EsromFF : Love the quote at 25:00 "I´ve never see so much real world stuff happen during an exercise"

Figureight : i wish all the clips were in chronological order

Butch Knouse : Here's an idea, take away the ability of ANYONE to turn off the transponder.

RazorWireDeath : My grandma was on the other side of the Pentagon on 9/11 I am lucky to have her here today. May all the family's who were scared may god bless you.

patrick holcomb : this is the first time I've felt I could listen to this tragedy, I wasn't prepared in the least for this. massive tears. my apologies to the families regarding your loss and my curiosity. just...speechless.

James Kennedy : Still very difficult to listen to this. Horrible day.

Darren Armstrong : It sounds to me that the air traffic controllers and military did a good a job as possible under the circumstances. Good job, they didn’t deserve such a tragic outcome. Sending much love from the U.K. 🇬🇧🇺🇸

Darian Marshall : At 1:29:13 the screaming coming over the frequency sounds like he says "Please take me out of here! Please don't let us die here!"...

I’m Trash : I appreciate all those who tried to stop the devastating events of 9/11 they stayed calm and professional in a very emotional time and they did their best because I know if I was in their position I would be crying and wouldn't be able to keep myself together

Rachel El : *hears "United nine-three" *heart sinks

Kevin Loughin : For years, I have wondered about the behind the scenes activities of the FAA, air traffic control, and military around this event. Terrible as that day was, this has been very interesting and educational. Thank you.

Jeni Hansen : 17 years ago today, our lives changed and our country was attacked.  Bless those of you who died that day and your families.  God Bless America.

KingSlimjeezy : A simple improvement to this vid (if this is actually real time) would be an on screen timer at all times

oldmordim : <3 we should never forget these moments and remember all those who acted best they could, the courage and dedication shown and the souls lost. Hugs from BritLand

S Griffin : It was a Tuesday. This one was a Tuesday, as well. I am about to be 45. I remember this, the Reagan assassination attempt, the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion (rodger, throttle up), the second shuttle that evaporated over my home state, the killing of the Egyptian leader that was pro US, the failure of the Iran hostage rescue, all sorts of bad bad things, but THIS was huge. Monumental.

AbyssGnasher : Wow flight 1989 almost got smoked on accident by the military.

Kim Whitehead : I had no idea how much UA175 helped before it was overtaken. Absolutely breaks my heart.

Stephen Irons : Ziad Jarrah: "This is your Captain here,please sit down and remain seated. Wehave a bomb on board, so yeah."

John O : we might of lost her understatement of the year

DL Symons : My brother air traffic controller not an easy job. I can imagine how helpless they must of felt that day. I worked for the NYSE, Smith Barney WTC 7 a day it felt like the end of the world.

The Emperor : He did not land.  Fucking powerful, almost 16 years later.

Northlane darko : Anybody else remember how before this happened how different the word was ? Everything changed after this 16 years ago and we still are hearing about terrorists . I also remember how even tho I live in australia For a at least a month There was unity ,people acted like People we unified and everyone was about peace and helping one another Shame that at least could of been permanent as from this .

Don Freas : From someone on the inside that day, Huntress command (Female Officer) excellent job. You performed your job excellently.  You are what makes America.

Biosynthnut : This was rather fascinating. I have zero experience in this field. From listening to all of this.We just got caught with our pants down. It happened so fast, by the time any confirmation was established, it was to late.

Leon Gargan : Damn, around 33:00 the controller is speaking to United 175 about the hijacking. Then, 15 minutes later (35:30 in the video) he can't get a hold of 175. Fucked up