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Remembering 9/11: The final words

The final words and messages by victims and emergency services.

On 11th September 2001, al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger airplanes. American Airlines flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were crashed into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center. American Airlines flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon and the fourth flight heading towards the nations capital crashed into a field after passengers fought off the terrorists.

2,996 people died – including the 19 hijackers.

Within minutes of the attacks, thousands of calls were made. These are some of the last messages from victims and first responders.

Mohamed Atta

Mohamed Atta was an Egyptian hijacker and one of the ringleaders of the September 11 attacks who served as the hijacker-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11.

It was Mohamed who crashed the plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Centre as part of the coordinated attacks.

TEXT MESSAGE – UNKNOWN

Please don’t leave the building. One of the towers just collapsed! Please, please be careful.

Kevin Cosgrove

Kevin Cosgrove, a 45-year-old father-of-three, was still on the phone to emergency services when the South Tower collapsed.

His frightened phone call ends abruptly.

Screams and the sound of debris falling can be heard as the call cuts off.

KC: There’s smoke really bad.*

911: Sit tight and we’ll get to you as soon as we can.*

KC: I know you’ve got a lot in the building but we’re up on the top. Smoke rises too. Come on, I can barely breathe now – can’t see. It’s really bad, it’s black, it’s arid. We’re young men, not ready to die.*

911: Hello?*

KC: Hello… there’s three of us, two broken windows… Oh God! Oh…*

(Rushing sound of collapsing building).

TEXT MESSAGE – UNKNOWN

Honey, wanted to tell you how much I love you. I was a little worried. I don’t want to lose you now that I got you back. You mean everything to me. You have my whole heart and life. I love you so much.

Melissa Doi

Melissa C. Doi was a graduate of Northwestern University, with dreams of becoming a ballerina.

Despite this, she worked as a manager at IQ Financial Systems.

The terrified young woman phoned 911 from the 83rd floor of Tower 2.

MD: It’s very hot, I see…I don’t see, I don’t see any air anymore!*

911: Okay…*

MD: All I see is smoke.*

911: Okay dear, I’m so sorry, hold on for a sec, stay calm with me, stay calm, listen, listen, the call is in, I’m documenting, hold on one second please…*

MD: I’m going to die, aren’t I?*

911: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, say your, ma’am, say your prayers.*

MD: I’m going to die.*

911: You gotta think positive, because you gotta help each other get off the floor.*

MD: I’m going to die.*

911: Now look, stay calm, stay calm, stay calm, stay calm.*

MD: Please God… *

TEXT MESSAGE – UNKNOWN

YOUR SISTER JOE SAW THE NEWS AND WANT TO KNOW IF YOU ARE OKAY. PLEASE CALL ME AT WORK AND LEAVE A MESSAGE IF I AM NOT AT MY DESK.

TEXT MESSAGE – UNKNOWN

2 AIRPLANES HAVE JUST CRASHED INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. PLEASE BE CAREFUL. CALL ME WHEN YOU CAN– YOUR WIFE.

Melissa Harrington Hughes

Melissa was only in New York for one day on business.

Melissa desperately tried to call her husband Sean Hughes in San Francisco.

“I just wanted to let you know I love you and I’m stuck in this building in New York.

“There’s lots of smoke and I just wanted you to know that I love you always.”

TEXT MESSAGE – UNKNOWN

ARE YOU OK? PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL. WHAT FLOOR IS JOSH ON?

CeeCee Lyles

CeeCee Lyles, a mother-of-four, was one of the flight attendants working on board Flight United 93.

This is the message that CeeCee’s husband found on his voicemail.

“Hi baby. I’m, baby, you have to listen to me carefully. I’m on a plane that’s been hijacked. I’m on the plane, I’m calling from the plane.

“I want to tell you that I love you. Please tell my children that I love them very much. And I’m so sorry baby.

“I don’t know what to say. There’s three guys, they’ve hijacked the plane… we’re turned around and I heard that there’s planes that have been flown into the World Trade Centre.

“I hope to see your face again, baby. I love you.

“Bye.”

TEXT MESSAGE – UNKNOWN__

I am OK, I heard the plane and then I heard it hit. I called you at home; wait till you hear my message…thank you for calling me!

Brian David Sweeney

Brian David Sweeney was a passenger on Flight 175, one of the planes hijacked by terrorists on 9/11 and flown into the World Trade Centre’s South Tower.

He left a voicemail for his wife Julie that day.

“Jules, this is Brian. Listen, I’m on an airplane that’s been hijacked.

“If things don’t go well, and it’s not looking good, I just want you to know that I absolutely love you.

“I want you to do good, go have good times – same to my parents and everybody.

“I just totally love you… and I’ll see you when you get there.

“Bye babe. I hope I call you.”

TEXT MESSAGE – UNKNOWN

Jack, It’s Naomi… please tell me you’re okay!!!!

TEXT MESSAGE – UNKNOWN*

Call me if you can. I’m scared!!

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