Apr 28
United 151 about to impact the World Trade Center

United 175 about to impact the World Trade Center

This photo shows United Airlines Flight 175 with scheduled service from Boston’s Logan Int’l Airport to Los Angeles Int’l Airport on September 11th, 2001. The aircraft was operated in a Boeing 767, and carried a lot of fuel and 65 passengers. The aircraft crashed into the South Tower shortly passed 9 AM Eastern Daylight Time, killing all onboard and leading to the collapse of the South Tower. 17 minutes earlier, American Airlines Flight 11 (also BOS-LAX) impacted the North Tower. Cameras were rolling for coverage of the North Tower impact, and they were able to catch a video of UA175 impacting the South Tower live on television.

When AA11 hit the North Tower, people suspected that it was a random plane crash. It wasn’t until UA175 hit that Americans realized the severity of the day and that the plane crash was not a random plane crash. It became evident that these were hijackings.

This photo is shocking. It brings back memories to where I was on that fateful day, the USS Constellation on a Tiger Cruise from Hawaii to San Diego. I woke up to CNN being played in my dad’s stateroom. I watched CNN all day and realized the severity of the situation when a total of 4 planes were lost before the FAA and NORAD grounded North American flights.

This picture marks the start of a new era. An era where America is at war with terrorism. The airline industry has been negativly affected due to this day. Many airlines have filled either Chapter 11 or Chapter 7 bankrupcy protection due to the unstability of the industry after 9/11 and due to the unpredicted rise of oil prices that followed.

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