* By Mateo Stanberry, KNews Photo Editor *
Fifteen years have passed since the tragic terrorist attack on the Twin Towers resulted in the death of 2,996 civilians.
On September 11, 2001, four American Airlines planes were hijacked after leaving from Boston, Newark, and Dulles. Two planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City. One crashed into the Pentagon and another crashed in an empty field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Some sources describe the event in different details. Social studies teacher Christian Davis remembers being in a 7th grade English class when a teacher came in and told his teacher to turn on the television.
¨It was surreal for a 11-12 year old to comprehend,¨ Davis said. ¨I could tell from adults’ reactions that it was serious. For days, people were glued to the TV. No sports, no nothing. Though there was a lot of internet humor made.¨
Soon after seeing the two planes crash, his teacher was told to turn off the television and continue with the class.
The first plane hit at 8:46 a.m. crashing into floors 93-99 in the North Tower. The second plane crashed into the South Tower 9:03 am into floors 75-85.
Tracy Longworth, science teacher, remembers teaching her class here at Thomas Dale when a fellow teacher announced for her to get a television and look at the news. When she turned it on, she saw one tower on fire and soon saw the second plane crash. At that point she was told to turn off the TV.
¨I remember just constant news on television sets in old rooms for days,¨ Longworth said.
President Bush announced these events as an “apparent terrorist attack on our country.”
At 9:37 a.m., the third plane crashed into the Pentagon, killing 184 people – 59 aboard the plane and 125 military and civilian personnel inside the building.
¨You could tell there was anger from the adults, fear personalized civilians,” said English teacher Charles Hughes. ¨I remember seeing it on TV at school and a little girl asking if we were in danger. This attack is what compelled the United States into action. The other teachers looked scared and could tell that something was wrong.¨
¨I remember waking up that day,” Anthony Seippel, English teacher, said. ¨I was 8 years old living with my grandma when we saw it on TV.¨
At 10:07 a.m., the passengers and crew members from the fourth hijacked plane contacted their friends and family, and learned about the attacks in New York and Washington. They then mounted an attempt to retake the plane, causing the hijackers deliberately crash the plane into a field in Somerset County, Pa., killing all 40 passengers and crew aboard.
A lot of people were affected by these terrorist attacks. Teachers like Hughes and Seippel were some of the people affected. Hughes knew Battalion Chief Moran, his brother-in-law and a hockey player. Seippel had friends in the military and New York.