reply to post by revolutionphase1
I was in 5th grade
Appears have not progressed much since.......
Ask how many people actually viewed aircraft as it came in- will never know as most who did were dead shortly
after, either from aircraft impact or when building collapsed
There were 14 people who escaped from above impact zone in South Tower (above 78 th floor), reason were able
to escape was because one stairway, Stairway A, had to doglog around elevator machinery on 78th floor
elevator lobby. United 175 which hit building came in at steep bank and off center sparing that corner of the
Praimnath and Brian Clark, another survivor from 84th floor helped Praimnath to escape the wreckage
3 others from Clark's office. Euro Brokers, on 84th floor escaped the South Tower
Mr. DiFrancesco was on the 84th floor of the South Tower when the second plane hit. He was one of three Euro Brokers employees on the floor at the
time who survived Mr. DiFrancesco's exit from the tower was not at all direct. The journey began as Mr. DiFrancesco, Brian Clark, Michael Stabile,
Brett Bailey, Robert Coll, Kevin York, all from Euro Brokers, headed down from the 84th floor shortly after the plane had smashed into their floor.
At the 81st floor, they encountered a slight man and a heavy-set woman, with the woman screaming that there was smoke and fire below and they must go
up, not down. Mr. York, Mr. Coll, Mr. Bailey and Mr. Stabile headed up the stairs with the man and woman. At the same time, Mr. Clark and Mr.
DiFrancesco went into the 81st floor, to search for a Fuji Bank executive who was calling for help.
The heavy-set woman, who was wearing a tent-like dress, struggled so much to breathe that Mr. DiFrancesco gave her his backpack, so she could
breathe into it, perhaps getting somewhat clearer air, he said. But even that did not help. Ultimately, there were about 15 of them, as they
encountered other people in the stairwell who also were looking for someplace with less smoke to go.
20 people actaully survived the collapse of both towers - 14 (12 FDNY members, Port Authorithy Police officer
and civilian woman) survived collapse in Stairway B of North Tower. 2 others were in underground shopping
concourse and survived, As did 2 Port AUthority Police officers in elevator shaft (Jimeno, McLoughlin)
2 Survivors were in North tower stairway and literally rode the building down as it collapsed - emerging outside
in the rubble. One Giselle Guzman was last person rescue from WTC some 26 hours later when pulled from
In every disaster there are some who survive do to dumb luck, being in right place at right time ......
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