Local Pilot Shares Her 9/11 Story

Local Pilot Shares Her 9/11 Story


EFFORTS TODAY WILL KEEP THIS AREA BEAUTIFUL FOR VISITORS. A NORTH TEXAS PILOT WHO’S 9/11 STORY ACTUALLY ENDED UP BECOMING THE BASIS OF A HIT BROADWAY PLAY IS SHARING THAT STORY WITH ALL OF US AND YOU ON THIS ANNIVERSARY. ROBBIE OWENS LIVE NEAR DFW AIRPORT THIS EVENING TO TELL US THE STORY, ROBBIE. Reporter: BEVERLY BASS WAS IN ROUT TO DFW HERE FROM PARIS WHEN THOSE TERROR ATTACKS FORCED PILOTS TO LAND WHEREVER THEY COULD. SHE LANDED IN GANDER. THAT TOWN IS NOW FAMOUS FOR SHOWING HUMANITY TO STRANGERS WHEN THE REST OF US WERE LOST IN HEART ACHE HERE AT HOME. Reporter: IT WAS SUCH A GORGEOUS FAMILY EVEN COMMENTED ON HOW BEAUTIFUL IT WAS. NOT A CLOUD IN THE SKY. Reporter: SHE KNEW THE STORM HAD ALREADY ARRIVED. I HONESTLY COULDN’T EVEN WRAP MY MIND AROUND WHAT TERRORISM MEANT BACK THEN. THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED SOME WHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD. Reporter: PILOTS LANDED ON WHEREVER THEY COULD TAKE THEIR PLANES DOWN. SHE LANDED IN NEWFOUNDLAND. WE LANDED IN THE TERMINAL, AND I HAD NEVER SEEN SO MUCH FOOD IN MY LIFE. THEY HAD LITERALLY BEEN UP ALL NIGHT COOKING. Reporter: WITHIN HOURS, THEY WOULD WELCOME THOUSANDS OF FLIERS. EVERYBODY VOLUNTEERED EVERYTHING. SOME HOLES TOOK — SOME HOMES TOOK IN AS MANY AS 10 PASSENGERS AND NONE OF THEM SPOKE THE SAME LANGUAGE. THEY LITERALLY OPENED THEIR HOMES AND HEARTS AND TOOK CARE OF US LIKE YOU COULDN’T BELIEVE. I REMEMBER TALKING TO MY COCKPIT CREW AND SAYING I JUST WANT THE WHOLE WORLD TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID FOR ALL OF US. Reporter: HELLO WORLD, WELCOME TO GANDER. IT’S A GIRL SHOULDN’T BE IN THE COCKPIT. YEARS LATER THE COMMUNITY’S KINDNESS WOULD INSPIRE A HIT BROADWAY PLAY. COME FROM AWAY. IN THE FIRST FIVE MINUTES OF THE SHOW THE ACTRESS WHO PLAYS MY ROLE PICKS UP THE PHONE AND SAYS, TOM, I’M FINE. AND HE BURIED HIS HEAD IN HIS HANDS AND PROBABLY MISSED 75% OF THE SHOW. AND WHAT IT MADE ME REALIZE IS THAT ACTUAL DAY WAS MUCH HARDER ON MY FAMILY THAN IT WAS ON ME. I HAD A JOB TO DO. Reporter: THE ORDEAL SHE SAYS CHANGED HER IN A GOOD WAY. I ALWAYS THOUGHT I WAS A GOOD PERSON BUT I WOULD LIKE TO THINK I HAVE BECOME MUCH BETTER

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