I work for the FAA, and was on business in Indonesia that day. At 8:30am East coast time (8:30pm in Indonesia), I left an outdoor barbecue that was going on in order to call from my hotel room to FAA HQ in Washington for a conference call. We were in the middle of our discussions when someone arrived in the conference room in Washington and said that an airplane had hit the World Trade Center. We were all speculating about what kind of airplane (commercial or general aviation) and what might have happened… when the person returned to say that it was on CNN that a SECOND airplane had hit the World Trade Center.
Needless to say, the call terminated immediately and I scrambled for the remote control to turn on CNN. The first thing I saw was the film of the 2nd aircraft hitting the WTC.
There were several other Americans at our meeting, so I called the only one that I knew was in his room since the others were still at the dinner. I would have gone out to tell the others, but I couldn’t tear myself away from the TV reports.
When the Pentagon was hit, I began worrying for the safety of my friends in and around Washington… and the TV stayed on all night to get any info and details that were available.
The feeling was as if I was watching a sick movie… but it was no movie.