Flight 11 to Los Angeles took off on schedule out of the tangle of construction
choking Logan International Airport in Boston, right on time at 7:59 Tuesday
morning. Capt. John Ogonowski was at the controls, a 50-year-old
veteran pilot who lived on a farm north of the city and was looking forward
to a family picnic on the weekend. His co-pilot was First Officer
Thomas McGuinness, and there were 9 flight attendants and 81 passengers,
a seemingly everyday mixture: a television producer, some businessmen,
a retired ballet dancer, an actress and photographer, a young man who had
made a success in the new technology economy. And several hijackers.........................More
It should have been a leisurely flight to Los Angeles, the time passed, perhaps, with one of those paperback novels in which heroes battle the schemes of terrorists. But now the schemes were real.
The plane was low now, only about 900 feet high, and the silvery twin towers of the World Trade Center rose above the tip of Manhattan.
In the Windows on the World restaurant on the 107th floor of the north tower, dozens of businessmen, members of the exclusive World Trade Center Club, were enjoying a leisurely breakfast and the spectacular view when Flight 11 slammed into the building 20 floors below.
It was 8:48 a.m.
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