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Flight Attendant Calm on Sept. 11 Tape

The flight attendant aboard American Airlines Flight 11 seemed calm and professional beyond reason as she reported a ghastly scenario during a 23-minute telephone call just before the plane slammed into one of the World Trade Center towers. A hijacking was under way, she knew three people had been stabbed and she couldn’t tell what was happening in the cockpit. The panel investigating the Sept. 11 attacks heard portions of flight attendant Betty Ong’s 23-minute conversation with the operations center on the second of a two-day hearing Tuesday. “The cockpit is not answering their phone,” Ong told the American Airlines operations center. “There’s somebody stabbed in business class, and we can’t breathe in business. Um, I think there is some Mace or something. We can’t breathe. Full Story

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