"WTC 2 is secure!"
Following the first World Trade Center impact
WTC 6 was evacuted within minutes. Law enforcement
officials also attempted to move people away from the buildings because they had
reports another plane was heading toward the WTC...
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"After the first plane crashed into the first World Trade Center tower
people were rushing to the scene to try to help out, and law enforcement was
trying to push them away saying 'we are getting reports that a second plane is
in the air and is about to crash into the World Trade Center tower', and minutes
later that's exactly what happens."|
...so why were people inside WTC 2 told it was safe to
return to their offices?
|Jennifer joined the rush to safety, making it
down to the 52nd floor when, as she put it, "Some
jackass started yelling up at us through a bullhorn
saying: 'This tower has been secured. You are in America.
Return to your offices!'" [Mr Bellers Neighborhood]|
|Among the fortunate of those was Arturo Domingo of
Morgan Stanley. The descent had been calm and orderly,
much better than after the 1993 blast, he said. But when
he reached the 44th floor, he said, a man with a
megaphone told people there was no problem.
"His exact words were, `Our building is secure. You
can go back to your floor. If you're a little winded, you
can get a drink of water or coffee in the cafeteria,'
" said Mr. Domingo. He and a group of other Morgan
Stanley employees rode an elevator back up to the 60th
floor and returned to their desks. "How stupid were
we," he says. [SP Times]|
|John Howard, who works at Morgan Stanley, on the 60th
floor of 2 World Trade Center, said the plane's crash
into Building 1 shook his offices. During the evacuation,
he said, there was a guy with a bullhorn telling them to
"He was telling us, 'Don't panic!' saying that we
we're safer in the building than leaving it," Howard
said. "As he was saying that, there was a huge
explosion right there. It was surreal. People were in a
full-fledged panic. We all ran over the guy with the
bullhorn to get out." [Newsday]|
|On Wednesday [September 12, 2001], Ernesto L.
Butcher, chief operating officer of the Port Authority,
refused to discuss evacuation procedures at the World
Trade Center. But other Port Authority executives said
the towers were under the command of the trade center's new operator,
Larry Silverstein. [SP Times]
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