Witness to 1st plane crash:†† prop jet
I was told by somebody that we had an eyewitness who happened to be an off-duty firefighter who
told me that he saw the first building get hit and it was hit by a prop jet, which I think turned
out to be the wrong information, but everybody sees things differently. But he said
he was an eyewitness. I gave him to a fire marshal. I never got his name personally.
LIEUTENANT MURRAY MURAD††††††††† FDNY
plane hitting WTC from firehouse on
It was about t h a t we heard a plane hovering over the firehouse. It sounded like the plane was right on top of us. At that time the captain was upstairs .
The captain came out and said : "What's going on? This is a no-fly zone. There should be no planes over here unless this is† a military plane, a plane in trouble . "
Other than that , there was really no clue .†† So about two or three minutes after hearing it, you heard something like revving. We took a look , and, boom, t h e north tower is hit .
I just saw the fire -- the smoke coming out from the top from the north tower. Q. Was there any debris?†
A. No. Stuff was coming down, but nothing real major.
FIREFIGHTER KENNETH ESCOFFRY† FDNY†† WTC1†
†On the morning of September 11th about , I was relieved, and a few of us were standing in front
of quarters when we noticed a plane came directly over the firehouse maybe around , somewhere
around that time. One of the guys mentioned that the plane looked like it
was really low. Before we could really think of what he said, the next thing we heard an explosion.† We saw smoke.
FIREFIGHTER JOSEPH CASALIGGI††††††††† saw the plane hit
On the morning of September 11th we were operating a box up on Church Street Near Canal. There was an odor
of gas in the area. While we were out operating, we heard the first plane coming in. I turned around and
I watched the plane crash into the north tower.† ...
LIEUTENANT WILLIAM WALSH
SO EVERYBODY LOOKED UP TO WHERE THEY
THOUGHT THEY HEARD THE SOUND COMING FROM.
LOOKED AS THOUGH
HE LOOKED LIKE HE WAS GOING DOWN,
BUT WE DIDNT
WOULD BE SO
†ALTITUDE LEVELED OFF
HE GAINED POWER. WE WERE
AND THOUSANDS OF
PIECES OF PAPER BEING THROWN THROUGH THE OTHER
Witnessed first plane hit WTC1
We witnessed the first plane hit the first tower. Saw it flying low and we thought, that plane's flying kind of low, and then it hit the building and we went over the radio and we told central that we had witnessed a plane hitting the building.
†The second plane hit right over top of us and all the debris started
falling down on top of us.
FIREFIGHTER ROY CHELSEN -firefighters leaving WTC1 find lobby blasted
we proceeded in Tower 1. I think the revolving doors were kind of busted up, so I think we went through a window.† At that point we were still not sure that it was a plane that had hit the tower. There was some talk from the civilians coming down that a plane hit. The consensus was that it was a small plane.
Numerous civilians were telling me that a plane had hit the building. There were discrepancies as to the type of plane. Some were saying it was a Cessna or Leer jet type, a small jet plane. Some said it was a large passenger plane. One person actually said that it was like a military style plane that actually shot missiles into the building.
FIREFIGHTER RICHARD CARLETTI†††††††††† (claims he saw the plane that hit)
coming up Allen, which turns into First. When I was crossing
We stood there for about ten minutes and I just heard a loud groan by everyone in the street. I guess the south tower started to lean. The top 30 floors leaned over. I was looking up at the north tower. I was trying to monitor more what was going on in the north tower with the radio, and they were on three different channels at this point.
LIEUTENANT MURRAY MURAD††††††††† FDNY
I ran downstairs. No sooner did I run downstairs and look up, that I saw the second plane strike the south tower. When the second plane hit, it was just a lot of fire, a lot of black smoke. I only saw two people come out. Evidently from the explosion up on those floors they got blown out.
I walked about two,
three minutes, and all of a sudden I heard a plane. I said oh, my God, we're
being attacked again. Someone said it could have been a B15, a
FIREFIGHTER JAMES MURPHY†† firefighters see 2nd plane hit
After that I ran up to the roof on the third floor with me and Eric Bernsten. We were watching it. We could see it from here. We have an unobstructed view. The other guys came up too. All six of us were on the roof.†
Then we saw the second one come up. It looked
like it was coming up the
from east to west. But as it turns out, it came from the south. Then we saw it just go right into the building and explode.
I remember talking to Eric. I remember Eric saying something, "Oh, my God, there's another plane." I was saying to him, "That plane is closer to us. It's really not a big plane going towards the building." Two seconds later it rammed into the building.
Once the second plane hit, the shrapnel from either the plane or the building started hitting the top of the bus and the area around us.
Anybody who was near the ambulance ran inside the ambulance and ducked for cover.
(the shrapnel included part of plane landing gear)† (Church & Vesey)
as I'm walking towards the Engine to find out what Lieutenant Walsh wanted us to do, I heard the sound of a jet plane. I looked up and saw it pretty close and I was like holy shit. What's going on with the with the flight patterns. All of a sudden, the wings turned and it dove right into the building and it was screwed up.
PARAMEDIC KENNETH DAVIS††††† plane hit WTC2
As we were driving over the 59th Street bridge, just looking out the window, we saw a plane hit the World Trade Center, what we thought was a plane. When they looked, you could see the flames and the smoke starting and they're like, wow, it must have been one of the little planes. I said, no, it looked like a jet.
CHIEF OF THE DEPARTMENT DANIEL NIGRO† FDNY
At some point after our arrival and after we had moved to the west side of West Street, I heard a loud roar of a jet, looked up and saw the second plane impact the south tower. At that point it was clear to
me it was a terrorist attack. We stepped over small airplane aviation
parts, on Vesey, continued west, continued looking at the building.
CAPTAIN MICHAEL DONOVAN† FDNY††† WTC2†† 2nd plane hits
We were actually still on
I thought there was a bomb or an explosion. A tremendous fireball, flaming debris, pieces of the airplane, fuselage, landing gear, pieces of the building.
FIREFIGHTER PETE GUIDETTI†††††††††††††††
I was right on Broadway when the second plane hit . Shit and debris flying all over the place, people screaming, running for their lives ,
BATTALION CHIEF BRIAN OFLAHERTY
I SAID THOUGHT THAT THAT SECOND PLANE THAT WENT INTO THE
†THE REASON THOUGHT THAT FOUND OUT LATER THE
I was looking up to see if I could do a little more initial size up. That is when I saw the second plane hit the building . I just watched it coming i n .
CHIEF ALBERT† TURI† FDNY
I turned around to assess the situation, and the fireball had pretty much dissipated, and what I actually thought at that time, and mistakenly so, was it's not as bad as it looks; most of the fuel was expended on the exterior of the building.† So we ran back to the car and laying right in back of my car was a large object which I thought was probably part of one of the aircraft turbines.
WHILE WEWERE RIGHT UNDER HERE UNDER THE WESTSIDE
FIREFIGHTER JOSEPH CASALIGGI††††††††† saw the planes hit & bodies
It was at that time when I saw the second plane hit the building. I called a mayday. I told them the second plane hit the south tower of the building. I wasn't sure which floors it was, but I knew it hit the upper floors of the south tower.† Debris was falling, body parts were
falling. We ducked for cover inside Engine 7, but the rig was getting bombarded with debris from the building, debris from the plane. We saw
bodies crash landing right next to the rig. So we couldn't stay there.
FIREFIGHTER THOMAS GABY
Q. The second plane?
† A. I saw it coming in, I heard it, and bang, it hit
FIREFIGHTER STEVE PICCERILL
ALL OF A SUDDEN I TURNED AWAY
PARAMEDIC JOEL PIERCE
WE PARKED THE VEHICLE ON
I passed over some pieces of what appeared to be aircraft wreckage, fuselage, whatever, some body parts and bodies in various states, either people from the building or the airplanes. You couldn't tell. They weren't intact.
I parked my car on
Then actually when I found my car, I found my car like later, later on in the day, but I left it there, because it was not able to be moved because it was covered. There was an airplane tire about 10 feet away from it.
FIREFIGHTER ROBERT NORRIS†††† (
ANY OTHER COMPANIES
OVER THE STREET THAT WERE GUESS EITHER FROM THE AIRPLANE PASSENGERS orTHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN UP ON THE TOWER WORKING
ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER STEPHEN GREGORY† FDNY† †
airplane was military type & green††††††††††† West near Vesey
I saw airplane
A. It looked like pieces of a plane, skin of a plane. I mean, they weren't really discernible. I couldn't say this was this part of a plane or that was that part. Just knowing a plane had hit the building and I looked and I saw it looked like the skin off a wing or a fuselage or wherever it came from. Q. Clearly not building material?† A. No. The building material was sort of gray and you could see it, you know, how it differed from the plane. I was listening to the tape this morning of the people calling up and they were describing the
plane that hit the building. Actually, so many people saw it. They actually described the plane as it came in. They said it was a military-type plane and it was green and it was this. I mean, I never saw the color of the plane.
Several paragraphs blanked out
FIREFIGHTER KEVIN MCCABE††† West below
HEADING NORTH ON WEST STREET IíM LOOKING AHEAD† I REMEMBER KIND
OF LEANING FORWARD
came through the tunnel, and our initial response was seeing body parts and airplane parts all over the west side.† West HW
So I was walking up West, and I noticed first block we passed I noticed in the street
at the end of where the
the first body or parts of a body, upper torso, no head, no arms or legs. I saw another one
across the street.
Q. These are from the people that were jumping out of the building?
A. No, I don't believe so. I believe it was from the airplane, people in the building and
the airplane coming through and it blew these people out into the street, because you couldn't have jumped that far. It's impossible.
FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL HAZEL†† jet engine on West near
But we eventually got through the tunnel, and
at first we started seeing bits and pieces, when we turned up
BATTALION CHIEF EDWARD HENRY†††† FDNY††††
THERE WERE BODY PARTS IN THE STREET ON WEST STREET AT THIS EARLY PART SO THE ONLY THING COULD FIGURE WAS THAT THESE PEOPLE WERE EITHER PEOPLE IN THE PLANE OR PEOPLE WHO WERE DRIVEN OUT OF THE BUILDING THERE WERE NO JUMPERS AT THIS TIME
FIREFIGHTER JOSEPH SULLIVAN††††††††† West below
As we were riding in, we must have ran over some debris from the plane. We saw debris all over the floor. We saw a wheel. There was cars that were flattened. It was obvious that heavy things had fallen on them.
WHILE WE WERE WALKING WE NOTICED THREE BLOCKS AWAY
FROM THE TRADE CENTER THAT THERE WERE BODY PARTS SCATTERED
FROM THE AIRCRAFT?† A. UNKNOWN
FIREFIGHTER HUGH METTHAM†††
†debris from plane crash on West below
CRAIG MONAHAN†††† airplane parts†† on West below
before we got to the south pedestrian bridge, before
FIREFIGHTER KEVIN MURRAY††††† †
††† pieces of plane on
We got under the
bridge that goes from the FDR into
ONCE WE WERE DISPATCHED TO VESEY
We walked down
nothing. It was eerie. There were police cars all parked on angles, metal going through their hoods. There was a tire of a plane on top of
††† fuselage of plane on Vesey St down
I parked the rig on Church right at
plane. There was a caravan of motorcycle police coming up. We stopped them and we cleared the path of big O rings and pieces of fuselage of the plane. We threw it to the side, and we told the guys to go on. They went up towards Church
and I were running down
DR. MICHAEL GUTTENBERG††††† Vesey near Broadway (WTC7)
The other thing that was actually evident, though, is
what appeared to be some plane parts, like some circular pieces of a plane, the
ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER JAMES DRURY† FDNY†††† airplane debris on Vesey near WTC7
You could see airplane parts on the ground
and although I didn't realize it at the time, I later realized there were body
parts, both on the concourse and on the street. (some
of these might have been jumpers) I now made a left on Vesey
and walked down the street on the 7
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER THOMAS FlTZPATRlCK† FDNY†† near WTC7
Various pieces of the plane were falling on the street. As we went down the street you could see parts of aircraft with stencil numbers on it and things like that. There was a wheel, or like a wheel housing or something else there in the street.
ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER THOMAS McDONALD†††††††† pieces of a plane†† near Vesey & Broadway
I believe 8 World Trade Center. We came up, tried to find our way into the courtyard area and we hugged the side of the buildings and it was an overhang that we stayed under. We noticed metal that looked like it came from the plane, in retrospect
FIREFIGHTER PAUL HYLAND
Church and Vesey. We were coming across and we walked down. We had to go down to the command center. We carried all our tools, the bottles, everything, and as we're walking down, part of the plane engine was sitting right in the street, still burning. I said, look, this is the plane.
FIREFIGHTER ROBERT HUMPHREY
When I was on
BATTALION CHIEF BRIAN DIXON† FDNY†††††††† piece of a plane
I continued down
it was Dey or
that block. It was littered with airplane parts,
Like I remember walking by with the chief, and I remember seeing the airplane engine.