Now, the VOA Special English program WORDS AND THEIR STORIES.

    Today, we tell the story of the 9-11 attacks through some of the words spoken that morning ten years ago. A newly released document includes recordings of air traffic controllers, military pilots and others reacting to the fast-moving events.

    On September eleventh, two thousand one, nineteen al-Qaida members hijacked four passenger planes in the eastern United States. They crashed two of them into the World Trade Center in New York City, destroying the Twin Towers.

    A third plane hit the Pentagon, the Defense Department headquarters outside Washington. The fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

    The document is known as an "audio monograph." It begins with normal radio calls shortly after eight o'clock. American Airlines Flight 11 had just left Boston for Los Angeles with ninety-two people.

    AA11: "Boston Center, good morning, American 11 with you passing through one nine zero for two three zero."

    CONTROLLER: "American 11, Boston Center, roger, climb, maintain level two eight zero."

    Soon radio contact is lost. A flight attendant on the plane, Betty Ong, called a company office to report the hijacking.
    随后无线电联络丢失。飞机上一位名为Betty Ong的空中乘务员给公司办公室打去电话报告飞机被劫持。

    A woman at that office then calls the airline's emergency line.

    NIDIA GONZALEZ: "So far, what I've gotten, the number five flight attendant's been stabbed, but she seems to be breathing. The number one seems to be stabbed pretty badly and she's lying down on the floor, they don't know whether she is conscious or not. The other flight attendants are in the back, um, and that's as far as I know. It seems like the passengers in coach might not be aware of what's going on right now."
    NIDIA GONZALEZ(办公室女职员):“到目前为止我所知道的是,5号乘务员被刺伤,看上去仍在呼吸。1号乘务员似乎被刺伤得非常严重,她躺在地板上,她们不知道她是否还有意识。其他乘务员在飞机后部,这就是目前我知道的信息。经济舱的乘客可能还不知道目前发生了什么事情。”

    At eighty twenty-four, the voice of hijacker Mohamed Atta was heard over the radio.
    8点24分,劫机者Mohamed Atta的声音在电台中响起。

    MOHAMED ATTA: "Nobody move. Everything will be OK. If you try to make any moves you will injure yourself and the airplane. Just stay quiet."
    MOHAMED ATTA:“大家都不要动,就不会有问题。如果任何人试图轻举妄动,你就会伤害到自己和这架飞机。保持安静。”

    At eight fifty, controllers in New York received a call from another plane.

    UKNOWN PILOT: "Anybody know what that smoke is in lower Manhattan?"

    NEW YORK CENTER: "I'm sorry, say again."

    UKNOWN PILOT: "Lot of smoke in lower Manhattan."

    NEW YORK CENTER: "A lot of smoke in lower Manhattan?"

    UKNOWN PILOT: "Coming out of the, ah, top of the World Trade Center building, a major fire."

    Air traffic controllers had already informed the military about the hijacking.

    CONTROLLER: "We have, ah, a problem here, we have a hijacked aircraft headed towards New, New York and we need you guys to, we need someone to scramble some F-16s or something up there to help us out."

    MILITARY OFFICIAL: "Is, is this real world or exercise?"

    CONTROLLER: "No, this is not an exercise, not a test."

    An order to launch fighter jets came as Flight 11 was hitting the North Tower. At the same time, another plane -- United Flight 175 -- was being hijacked. It struck the South Tower.

    At nine thirty-eight, American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. A military transport plane reported the crash.

    TRANSPORT PLANE: "Roger, we're climbing to three thousand, sir, and it looks like that aircraft has impacted the west side of the Pentagon."

    CONTROLLER: "All right. Thank you."

    The fourth plane, United Flight 93, crashed just after ten near Shanskville, Pennsylvania. Passengers had rebelled against the hijackers, who had turned the plane toward Washington.

    At ten thirty-two came this message for military officials.

    MALE VOICE: "You need to read this. Region commander has declared that we can shoot down tracks if they are not responding to our, uh, directions."

    By then it was too late. The 9-11 attacks killed nearly three thousand people. The complete audio monograph is on the Rutgers Law Review website. You can find a link to the site at 51voa.com.