Quotes of the Day: From “102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers”

“About five floors up from the top . . . you have about fifty people with their faces pressed against the window trying to breathe.”

    — Yvonne Kelhetter, a helicopter pilot hovering off the North Tower, 9:30 a.m., Sept. 11, 2001 (The first plane had hit the North Tower at 8:46 a.m.).  There’s an unforgettable picture in the German magazine


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“I believe the building probably could sustain multiple impacts of jetliners because this structure is like the mosquito netting on your screen door, this intense grid . . . And the jet plane is just a pencil puncturing the screen netting. It really does nothing to the screen netting.”

    — Frank De Martini, whose job was to oversee World Trade Center renovations, in an interview on the History Channel, January 2001

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