Three air traffic employees who were directly involved in the events of 9/11 share their memories on the 10th anniversary of that tragic day in a new video released by the Federal Aviation Administration this week.
On September 11th, FAA air traffic controllers across the country acted quickly and decisively, according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, to help secure our nation’s aviation system. LaHood said their professionalism and courage in the wake of the attacks was not only remarkable but was crucial to restoring the safety and security of our airspace. (Video link at end of article)
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said the men and women who control air traffic in this country had the skill to quickly land thousands of planes and ten years later we are still incredibly proud of their work.
On September 11, 2001, Michael McCormick was the Air Traffic Manager at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center in Ronkonkoma, NY; Terry Biggio was the Operations Manager at the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center in Nashua, NH; and Frank Hatfield was the air traffic division manager at the FAA’s Eastern Region Headquarters in Jamaica, NY. All three men still work for the FAA.
In the video, they 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 ten years and how the national air transportation system has changed.