9/11 – 10 Years Later
Thursday, September 08, 2011

As all are aware, this Sunday marks 10 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This week, NATCA joins the nation in remembering those affected by that tragic day of events -- particularly focusing in on our members on duty that day who, for the first time in history, remarkably handled the overwhelming task of shutting down the national airspace in an effort to prevent more attacks on our country.

During the past couple weeks, NATCA has worked with several media outlets on stories related to the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the job that controllers did that morning. Below are this week's significant press clips:

CBS News: Retired ZBW member Lino Martins recalls the events of 9/11. 

        Read the story: http://tinyurl.com/3tkzw23

Click on Detroit: The NBC affiliate in Detroit features three of our very own DTW/Detroit TRACON members as they relive their personal experiences regarding the NAS shutdown. 

        Watch the video: http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/29113047/index.html

KRLD News Radio: NATCA member Ric Loewen talks with the Dallas station about what it was like to work 9/11 at the DFW Tower. 

        Listen to the interview: http://tinyurl.com/3t4be4a

KSTP TV: MSP members Roger and Teresa Mathieu talk on camera with the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis about 9/11’s shutdown of the NAS. 

        Watch the video: http://kstp.com/article/12358/

NECN: Retired member John Hartling is interviewed regarding his personal experiences while on duty that day.
        Watch the interview: http://tinyurl.com/3urlttx 
In addition to news coverage, NATCA has created a new radio ad in rememberance of the victims, families and first responders of 9/11. This 9/11-themed commercial is airing on CBS Radio Sports programming nationwide, and may also be listened to at the following link:


NATCA invites you again to watch the Dateline NBC special of 2002, in which 20 members told their stories in an exclusive interview with NBC News' Tom Brokaw. Exactly one year after the attacks, 9.5 million tuned in for this hour-long special, which can be found at the link below or on the homepage of natcamembers.org


Futhermore, the FAA put out a press release this week, which was also accompanied by a YouTube video honoring the aviation professionals of 9/11. In this video, three FAA employees describe how air traffic controllers became aware that several aircraft were being hijacked in the New York area and what led to the unprecedented decision to shut down the entire United States airspace. They also reflect on the last 10 years and how the national air transportation system has changed.

        Click here to read the FAA press release.

        Watch the FAA video here.