NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — This year marks 20 years since the darkest day in our city's history.
As we remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, WCBS 880 has made available the audio archives of the first few hours of our coverage that day.
The first broadcast report of the 9/11 attacks came from WCBS 880 Traffic Reporter Tom Kaminski from Chopper 880.
Normally, he would have been back at the airport by 8:45 a.m., but he got called to cover a crash on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx. He couldn’t find the collision, so he turned around, facing south.
Then-WCBS 880 anchor Pat Carroll took Kaminski live for a traffic and weather hit, and he said, “Pat, something has happened here at the World Trade Center.”
Just moments before, American Airlines Flight 11 had slammed into the North Tower.
“At that point, we look out and we see right in front of us a flash and a fireball come up from the top of the World Trade Center,” Kaminski recalled. “My pilot said to us in the cabin, ‘I think that was a plane.’”
“That was the beginning of it all. And I always feel this bond with Tom, because we kind of shared that moment together,” Carroll said as part of our special series for the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
The story unfolded live, starting with our first report at 8:48 a.m.
September 11th, 2001, 8:48AM-9:53AM "Something Has Happened"
September 11th 2001, 9:53AM-11:05AM "The Towers Are Gone"
September 11th 2001, 11:05AM-1:12PM "We Are At War"
8:46 a.m. - American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower
9:03 a.m. - United Airlines Flight 175 strikes the South Tower
9:37 a.m. - American Airlines Flight 77 strikes the Pentagon
9:59 a.m. - The South Tower collapses
10:03 a.m. - United Airlines Flight 93 crashes into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania
10:28 a.m. - The North Tower Collapses