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WORDS AND THEIR STORIES - Voices From 9-11 Tell Story of Fast-Moving Events

作者:Avi Arditti 发布日期:9-11-2011

One World Trade Center at dawn, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 in New York. Ceremonies will be held at the site Sunday for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States
One World Trade Center at dawn, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 in New York. Ceremonies will be held at the site Sunday for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States

Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.

Today, we tell the story of the 9-11 attacks through some of the words spoken that morning ten years ago. A newly released document includes recordings of air traffic controllers, military pilots and others reacting to the fast-moving events.

On September eleventh, two thousand one, nineteen al-Qaida members hijacked four passenger planes in the eastern United States. They crashed two of them into the World Trade Center in New York City, destroying the Twin Towers.

A third plane hit the Pentagon, the Defense Department headquarters outside Washington. The fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

The document is known as an "audio monograph." It begins with normal radio calls shortly after eight o'clock. American Airlines Flight 11 had just left Boston for Los Angeles with ninety-two people.

AA11: "Boston Center, good morning, American 11 with you passing through one niner zero for two three zero."

CONTROLLER: "American 11, Boston Center, roger, climb, maintain level two eight zero."

Soon radio contact is lost. A flight attendant on the plane, Betty Ong, called a company office to report the hijacking.

A woman at that office then calls the airline's emergency line.

NIDIA GONZALEZ: "So far, what I've gotten, the number five flight attendant's been stabbed, but she seems to be breathing. The number one seems to be stabbed pretty badly and she's lying down on the floor, they don't know whether she is conscious or not. The other flight attendants are in the back, um, and that's as far as I know. It seems like the passengers in coach might not be aware of what's going on right now."

At eighty twenty-four, the voice of hijacker Mohamed Atta was heard over the radio.

MOHAMED ATTA: "Nobody move. Everything will be OK. If you try to make any moves you will injure yourself and the airplane. Just stay quiet."

At eight fifty, controllers in New York received a call from another plane.

UKNOWN PILOT: "Anybody know what that smoke is in lower Manhattan?"

NEW YORK CENTER: "I'm sorry, say again."

UKNOWN PILOT: "Lot of smoke in lower Manhattan."

NEW YORK CENTER: "A lot of smoke in lower Manhattan?"

UKNOWN PILOT: "Coming out of the, ah, top of the World Trade Center building, a major fire."

Air traffic controllers had already informed the military about the hijacking.

CONTROLLER: "We have, ah, a problem here, we have a hijacked aircraft headed towards New, New York and we need you guys to, we need someone to scramble some F-16s or something up there to help us out."

MILITARY OFFICIAL: "Is, is this real world or exercise?"

CONTROLLER: "No, this is not an exercise, not a test."

An order to launch fighter jets came as Flight 11 was hitting the North Tower. At the same time, another plane -- United Flight 175 -- was being hijacked. It struck the South Tower.

At nine thirty-eight, American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. A military transport plane reported the crash.

TRANSPORT PLANE: "Roger, we're climbing to three thousand, sir, and it looks like that aircraft has impacted the west side of the Pentagon."

CONTROLLER: "All right. Thank you."

The fourth plane, United Flight 93, crashed just after ten near Shanskville, Pennsylvania. Passengers had rebelled against the hijackers, who had turned the plane toward Washington.

At ten thirty-two came this message for military officials.

MALE VOICE: "You need to read this. Region commander has declared that we can shoot down tracks if they are not responding to our, uh, directions."

By then it was too late. The 9-11 attacks killed nearly three thousand people. The complete audio monograph is on the Rutgers Law Review website. You can find a link to the site at www.unsv.com.

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WORDS AND THEIR STORIES was written by Avi Arditti. I'mFaith Lapidus

网友的学习评论(11条):
作者:lvjiaying1984
9-11-2011 18:42:15
I really don't know why those people deliberately do harm to the society which in turn challenges their lives. Because the people are a kind of adaptive animals, which tend to live with others in comfort, most of the people living with others choose to be friendly with their neighborhood and people around them. But what motivates these people to commit suicide. Education is just more than a part of history, art or language.
作者:lvjiaying1984
9-11-2011 18:46:26
Part of what is going on, consciously or not, is the teaching of culture. Perhaps the children the terrorists nurture are instructed at an early age that the most important is not their lives, but is how to attack others who live in the same homes. Some of them are told that after they commit their lives, they will be living in the heaven where there are golden blocks paving along the road and everyone living in the heaven can take whatever amount of them whenever they want.
作者:lvjiaying1984
9-11-2011 18:53:19
There is something wrong with the Chinese education which promotes repeated memorizing of the information. And nearly all the students said that after an examination, they nearly forgot all the information that they had memorized. In a world that is growing more and more complex and competitive, the creative ideas are highly valued because even if it may do same harm to the persons under the education system, such as that most of the students will not learn as many basic rules
作者:lvjiaying1984
9-11-2011 18:57:42
and facts as other students in other countries have, the positive side of the education system that emphasize creative ideas is beyond all the other Chinese old education system. A canadian teacher once watched a classroom where there were sixty children as they learned to draw a cat. The teacher draw a circle on the blackboard and the sixty children copied it on their papers. The teacher drew a small circle on top of the first and then put two triangles on them. The class continued
作者:lvjiaying1984
9-11-2011 19:2:6
until there were sixty-one identical cats in the classroom. In China and Japan, students are encouraged to follow what the teacher has said and memorize information from the textbook, such as history and physics. But the American education system emphasize the qualities to make each student special, to think for themselves. The students in America are more creative than their counterparts in China. That is why the American technology is developing particularly fast and some of
作者:lvjiaying1984
9-11-2011 19:4:10
the most important inventions originate in U.S.A. I am not naive enough to think that everything in America can be transplanted. But I think we should change the Chinese education system. We should not put too much pressure on them and we should instruct them to think for themselves and come up with creative ideas.
作者:Peter
9-12-2011 8:48:34
we should live with others in comfort.
作者:dolly
9-12-2011 18:30:49
thankyou very much.
作者:rickyao
9-12-2011 22:17:38
the above comments has anything connected to the news above?
作者:sky2514
9-30-2011 16:52:11
ten years ago,they destroyed the world trade center.
作者:zoe
10-7-2011 17:46:27
It's incredible 10 years already. I dont like these terrorism who declared sacrifice of their own people even women and children. And what make me feel disgusted is that united states as a leading country commite the same terrorism under pesdo-reasonable mask to kill more bare hand civilian.
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