The evidence strongly suggests that 1,100 or more people in or above the impact zones survived the initial crashes, roughly 300 in the south tower
and 800 in the north. Many of those lived until their building collapsed.
110TH FLOOR Steven Jacobson, victim
Steven Jacobson was a transmitter engineer for WPIX-TV and had an office on the 110th floor of the north tower, just below the station's rooftop antenna.
He had access to the roof. Friend told him:Try to get to the roof.'' But he said, ``It's too hot to leave the room”
``Oh my God, we're trapped.'' Another man picked up and said ``There's a fire. We have to call 911.''
I'm on the top floor. There are 70 of us in one room. They have closed the doors and they are trying to keep the smoke out.''
``I'm OK. I'm on the 106th floor. It's filled with smoke and we can hardly breathe.'' Christopher also said something about not being able to use the stairs.
I'm okay, we are okay. We are trying to evacuate now.
``We're not injured, we're just a little bit disoriented because of the smoke. Because we're getting air through the window.'' He said, ``Don't hang up. Don't hang up.
You need to get an engineer on another line who knows the building to tell us how to get out. Because we don't know how to get out.''
He said the room is full of heavy black smoke. They can't even see in front of them. And it was hard to breathe. He said they are trying to get the people out.
``There are no stairs.''
He told me that a plane had hit the building, that the building had rocked like it never had before, that he was okay.
104TH FLOOR Andrew Rosenblum, victim
He had no idea what had happened. He thought there was some sort of explosion but he didn't know from what. His floor had filled up with smoke. It's a big trading floor.
It's a big open area with just long desks and chairs. There's really no offices. Except one or two corners of the room. One was in the northwest corner.
He and about 50 other people ran into this corner office because their floor had filled up with smoke relatively quickly.
I guess it must have filled up with smoke pretty quickly. He did say there was some fire on this floor. It was impeding his way to get to the stairs or anything else.
104TH FLOOR Michael Wittenstein, victim
He was perfectly calm. He didn't know what was happening. He did say that everything's all right, and we're going to evacuate.
104TH FLOOR Richard Y.C. Lee , victim
A plane just hit the building, there's smoke, and I need you to call 911. There's a lot of smoke. We need to know what to do, should we break a window or what?
95TH FLOOR Patricia Alonso, victim
She called me on her cell phone at . She said she was leaving. She was evacuating. She didn't know that a plane had hit the building. She just said there was smoke.
92ND FLOOR Jeff Nussbaum, victim
“The rooms are filling up with smoke, and the sprinkler sysems have gone off.''
Later: they were 45 of them together. He said they're overlooking the river. `We broke the windows, so at least we could breathe.''
92ND FLOOR Andrew Friedman, victim
“we're in a room together, we have plenty of air.''
91ST FLOOR Mike McQuaid, survivor
I hear this explosion, like a transformer below. What the hell was that? The whole place shook. The hallway started filling up with smoke.
A woman with a red hat came out and said, ``I'm the last one out.'' We went out and into the stairwell. The first thing I noticed was that no one was coming down the stairs.
I also noticed the Sheetrock on the interior of the stairwell on his floor had been knocked off the walls so thoroughly that the steel behind it was showing. The walls are made
of four or five sheets of 5/8 inch Sheetrock, which I think is quite strong. The stairwell was dark black and it looked like it was blocked above me, although I can't see much because of the dark.
90th floor Survivor
LIEUTENANT GREGG HANSSON
we took another rest at the 27th f loor. I questioned t h e guy from t h e 90th floor , who said it was a plane. That ' s when I first realized that we had a plane up t h e r e .
He said there was a fireball on the 90th f loor and a lot of smoke on the 90th floor.
He stated to me that he believed everyone from the 90th floor had gotten out.
``The explosion on the 86th floor seemed to come from the inside out, rather
than the outside in,'' said Mr. Gartenberg, 35, of
is as damaged as it is. The fire door is blocked. It either closed from the force of the explosion or as a fire precaution. The elevators are completely blown out.''
“There was no windows on our floor blown out.''