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Excerpts from 9/11 tapes
World Trade Center shortly after the second hijacked plane crashed into the south tower, 11 September 2001
The tapes reveal the desperate minutes shortly after the attacks

Excerpts from transcripts of emergency phone calls and radio transmissions made as people attempted to flee the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on 11 September 2001, as released by the Port Authority of New York.

Excerpt from phone call made by a Port Authority police officer called Tommy to his mother.

Tommy, whispering as he punches numbers into a phone: "Let this be the... [inaudible expletive, ringing noise heard]... Come on!"

Tommy's mother: "Hello?"

Tommy: "Hey, Ma."

Mother: "Are you OK?"

Tommy: "Yeah, I'm at work. Just stay in. Don't do nothing. There's... this is bad. They got planes all over the radar, coming into the New York area. They think everything is going to start hitting."

Mother: "Oh, Tommy, please promise you'll call me again."

Tommy: "Right, Ma, it's going to be a while, all right? But just don't even go out. I mean, they got planes on the radar. They think they are going to start crashing all over Manhattan."

Mother: "Keep a mask on..."

Tommy: "I'll call you later."

Excerpt from phone call made by woman calling to see if her husband, who told her he was going up the stairs of one of the twin towers, was safe.

He is now known to have died in the attacks.

Sergeant Holland: "Port Authority Police, Sergeant Holland."

Jeannie McIntyre: "Yes, Sergeant Holland, this is Jeannie McIntyre. Is my husband in that building that just collapsed?"

Sgt Holland: "Yeah, we heard from him. There's... none of... none of our guys are hurt and injured right now."

McIntyre: "He was going up."

Sgt Holland: "Yeah, I know. But it's... we, none of our... none of our people were injured."

McIntyre: "Are you sure? Because he was going up the stairs. He told me... [becomes upset]"

Sgt Holland: "I understand. We don't have... we don't have any reports of any... of any of our people injured. Alright? I... I understand, it's going to be awful, you know."

Phone call from person trapped in a suite on the 90th floor of One World Trade Center.

Officer Ray Murray: "Port Authority Police, Murray."

Male Caller: "Yeah, yeah, yeah. This is building one."

Murray: "Yeah, what floor are you on, sir?"

Caller: "We're on the 90th floor."

Murray: "Ninetieth floor."

Caller: "I've got five people here. We can't get out."

Murray: "Five... World Trade Center, they can't get out."

Caller: "One... One World Trade."

Murray: "I meant the five people, I know that, sir. One..."

Caller: "Yeah, One World Trade Center, five people. Suite 9051."

Murray: "9051. We are sending officers up there now. It's on multiple floors."

Caller: "Thank you. OK."

Murray: "OK."

Phone call from police officer John Kannuzo to his son, Anthony.

Police officer John Kannuzo's son, Anthony: "Hi, Daddy."

Kannuzo: "Hi, Anthony, how are you?"

Anthony: "Good."

Kannuzo: "A terrible thing happened, Anthony. Some very sick people."

Anthony: "Are they dead?"

Kannuzo: "Yeah."

Anthony: "So how many people got... [inaudible] are dead?"

Kannuzo: "Thousands, Anthony, thousands."

Anthony: "Daddy? What will happen...?"

Kannuzo: "Will you do me a favour, Anthony? Daddy's not home, so you are the big man in the house. So you help Mommy and keep her happy, okay?"

Phone call from caller trapped on the 88th floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Caller: "We are on the 88th floor. We're trapped ... The whole building is going to coming down on me.

"The building is starting... coming down...[inaudible]"

Radio transmission by police officer.

Male officer: "I've got dozens of bodies, people just jumping from the top of the building onto... in front of One World Trade... bodies are just coming from out of the sky."

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