New 9/11 Audio Tapes Reveal Air Traffic, FAA Confusion


Newly released audio tapes from 9/11 show confusion among air traffic controllers and the FAA as they scrambled to get information about exactly what was going on during that fateful day.

The Daily Mail reports the tapes were part of the mounds of evidence the 9/11 commission looked at, but were never released to the public. They were organized chronologically this year at the National Archives. 

They give a minute-by-minute account of the attacks, starting with air traffic controllers losing contact with the plane that would eventually hit the first World Trade Tower.

Later there is an exchange about the plane that would hit the second tower.

A radio called said, "Can you, can you see a guy at about 4,000 feet, about 5 east of the airport right now, looks like he's -

''Yeah, I see him," responded New York's air traffic control the manager.

"Do you see that guy, look, is he descending into the building also?"

"He’s descending really quick too, yeah. Forty-five hundred right now, he just dropped 800 feet in like, like one, one sweep."

The plane hit the tower moments later.

The FAA apparently was not getting information, asking when air traffic controllers suggested scrambling U.S. military jets to head off the second plane, "Why, what’s going on?"

ABC News has a report on the tapes:

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