Author: Dick Jordan

9/11 Remembered: The Year of Flying Dangerously (Part 3)

9/11 Remembered: The Year of Flying Dangerously (Part 3)

“9/11 Remembered: The Year of Flying Dangerously” (Part 3)

(The second installment of Dick Jordan’s recollections of the events of September 11, 2001 appeared yesterday. The story continues today).

Arrival in Italy, At Last!

The weather had been good for flying and only a few puffy clouds floated in the skies ahead of us. We crossed the still snow-clad upper reaches of the Alps, then began our descent towards Milan.

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I could see rectangular patches of farmland below us.

Somewhere to the south the Po River must have been coursing its way toward the Adriatic.

The pilot banked the plane as we turned onto the final approach. Flaps were extended. Wheels were deployed.

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The noise of air passing by the fuselage increased.

Touchdown!

The passengers broke out into spontaneous applause; Italians glad to be home, foreign tourists cheering the real beginning of their vacation trip. I was about 2:30 pm, Milan time.

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9/11 Remembered: The Year of Flying Dangerously (Part 2)

9/11 Remembered: The Year of Flying Dangerously (Part 2)

“9/11 Remembered: The Year of Flying Dangerously” (Part 2)

(The first installment  of Dick Jordan’s recollections of the events of September 11, 2001 appeared yesterday. The story continues today).

Departure Day

I turned on my computer before breakfast on Saturday and went to the Alitalia Website.

Departures to the U.S. had resumed.

A plane from Milan to San Francisco was in the air, although it was three hours behind schedule.

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I called Alitalia’s reservation number and someone answered the phone.

Yes, the return flight from SFO to Milan would depart later that day.

No, we cannot tell you whether you will be on it; passengers whose flights were cancelled earlier in the week will be given preference in boarding.

I was told that we must go to the airport to find out if we will be on the passenger manifest for the flight.

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9/11 Remembered: The Year of Flying Dangerously

9/11 Remembered: The Year of Flying Dangerously

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Tales Told From The Road ran stories from its readers and other sources about their experiences traveling in the days surrounding 9/11. Over the next four days we will re-run  story by Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, recounting his travels during the year after 9/11.)

“The Year of Flying Dangerously ” (Part 1)

When Evil Flies

It was Tuesday morning. I had four days to catch up on work, pay bills, board the cats, and pack up my bags before departing on a 26-day trip to Italy. I brushed my teeth. shaved, and showered. I turned the radio on and tuned in KCBS to catch the “traffic and weather together.” There was a big transportation problem, but not on the streets and highways of the San Francisco Bay Area, and it had begun in the skies over America earlier that day.

I went upstairs, still in my pajamas, and turned on the TV. What looked to be the 1974 Towering Inferno movie came up on the screen.

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But it couldn’t have been that movie because as I “channel surfed” I saw that it was being broadcast on every station.

This wasn’t a Hollywood “disaster” movie, it was a real catastrophe of monumental proportions.

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