On the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre towers, HISTORY remembers the events with a new two-hour documentary titled “9/11: Escape From the Towers.”
The documentary which premiered on DStv Channel 186 on HISTORY gave a unique insight on the tragic events through interwoven stories of survivors from two floors of the World Trade Center, some closest to the impact zone. With never-before-told stories from occupants of the 81st floor in the North Tower and the 77th floor in the South Tower of the World Trade Center, “9/11: Escape From the Towers” provides an unsettling perspective of what it was like to be inside the buildings on that fatal day, as individuals came together as a group to make it to safety.
The World Trade Center towers each consisting of 110 floors and on 9/11 every floor faced a distinctive set of challenges. In this poignant documentary, survivors from one floor in each tower, most speaking publicly for the first time, share how they started the day as colleagues and ended it with their lives forever intertwined. Their experiences are recounted in astounding and visual detail, which include two men who volunteered to carry a stranger down 68 perilous flights of stairs; a small group determined to get their pregnant co-worker to safety and others who fought through flames and falling debris just one floor below the impact zone. “9/11: Escape From the Towers” delivers deeply personal recollections of how it truly felt to be inside the Twin Towers on 9/11 and how people came together for the good of others, while also remembering those they lost.
The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the
Islamic terrorist group, al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. Additional people died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks.
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