In Memoriam 911

The audio track to this video is from the 9/11 Commission.

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The audio track to this video is from the 9/11 Commission. During the public hearing on January 27th, 2004, the panel played a recording of flight attendant Betty Ong, who was on Flight 11 which took off from Boston at 8:00 AM crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 AM.

Around 8:20 AM on 9/11, Ong called the American Airlines reservation desk to tell them what was happening. She spoke with Nydia Gonzalez, an operations specialist.

Although Ong talked for 23 minutes, the recording is only 4-1/2 minutes long. The head of the Commission, Thomas Kean said: “We’ll hear the entire four and a half minutes that was recorded on that call.” Thus, though Ong talked for 23 minutes, we’re told that only one-quarter of the call was recorded. This recording is all we have in the public domain right now.

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The audio track to this video is from the 9/11 Commission. During the public hearing on January 27th, 2004, the panel played a recording of flight attendant Betty Ong, who was on Flight 11 which took off from Boston at 8:00 AM crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 AM.

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