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New Yorkers react to 9/11 attacks

It was a day whose horrific events would be forever seared into the memories of millions. On Sept. 11, 2001, a group of Islamic extremists hijacked U.S. passenger jets and flew them into the twin towers of New York City's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Ten years later, we present eyewitness accounts and survivors' stories from the day that has become known as 9/11.

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One day after two planes were hijacked and used as giant bombs targeting the financial heart of New York City, residents are in a state of shock. Amid the clearing dust and smoke, New Yorkers are taking the measure of the damage to their city and to their own psyches. CBC-TV reporter Leslie MacKinnon finds two volunteers aiding the rescue as well as locals on the street and at the bar, talking over the day two towering skyscrapers crumbled before their eyes.
• "New York seems to know how to survive an unspeakable trauma, how, when visited with a tragedy, to turn itself, temporarily, into a small town. Anyone who walked around the city yesterday could have no doubt that New York would overcome the horror that was worse than any it had ever experienced." - New York Times, Sept. 12, 2001
  • Many New Yorkers reacted to the event by lining up for hours to donate blood for a flood of injured survivors that never materialized.

• The search for survivors began shortly after the buildings fell. By the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 12, just five had been rescued from the rubble. Four days later, there had been no further survivors, and New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said there was still hope that someone might be pulled out alive, but acknowledged it was very unlikely.

• Within hours of the attacks, U.S. counterterrorism officials named Islamic extremist Osama bin Laden as the mastermind responsible for them. Secret services of Israel, Germany, France and Britain agreed he was the prime suspect.  

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Sept. 12, 2001
Guest(s): Doug Goodstein, Mickey Willis
Reporter: Leslie MacKinnon
Duration: 12:27

Last updated: February 17, 2012

Page consulted on September 12, 2014

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