London Heathrow on 9/11/2001

Date Submitted: 09/11/2006
Author Info: Chris (London - USA) 
Occupation: Executive/Senior Management
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I’m a Londoner and I was in London Heathrow Airport at the time working on IT support for Air France in the Terminal 2 Office Block. The lady who works for the Station Manager said that a plane had just flown into the World Trade Centre.

My first thoughts were quite naive and I thought of a plane crash, I immediately went onto the web to see what I could find out from any news sites but they were all jammed solid. She then told me that if I went down to the staff lunch room near the T2 group check in desks I’d get to see it on TV.

It was early afternoon in London, just around lunchtime and when I went down there, there was only one girl in there, the rest of the Air France staff were still on the check in desks or at the gate offices and were unaware of what was going on. I remember looking at the pictures realising that it was a terrorist attack and of being transfixed at the smoke billowing out of these magnificent buildings.

More people started to come in and there was a buzz around the airport terminal. Then as we watched towere on ten tower two collaped. The termianl building had a hush over it as more and more people found out.

So, so sad

The next day, 12th September was the quietest I’ve ever seen a working day in London my life (that is I should add until the London tube bombers of last year). I went in as normal but the roads were empty, the M25 motorway is normally misery but on this day everyone stayed away. The airport was so quiet it was strange, It’s never been that quiet since. It was just like someone had declared a public ho;iday and forgot to tell me. There was 1 passenger in the departure area at central search and passport control.

On this day, 5 years on, my thoughts are with all those who lost loved ones in this tragedy

Never again !!!!



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