September 21 - 2001: The story of Flight 11 from Boston

It skimmed over New England to New York and its doom
Returning home from Cape Cod was Berry Berenson Perkins, 53, an actress and photographer and the widow of the actor Anthony Perkins.

2001: After the attacks

On this day in 2001, days after the horror of 9/11, the media was coming to grips with the tragedy and beginning to tell the back story.

This day in 2001, the New York Times report of the story of Flight 11 from Boston began:

A Plane Left Boston and Skimmed Over River and Mountain in a Deadly Detour

American Airlines Flight 11 to Los Angeles took off on schedule out of the tangle of construction choking Logan International Airport in Boston, right on time at 7:59 Tuesday morning.

Also returning home from Cape Cod was Berry Berenson Perkins, 53, an actress and photographer and the widow of the actor Anthony Perkins.

Capt. John Ogonowski was at the controls, a 50-year-old veteran pilot who lived on a farm north of the city and was looking forward to a family picnic on the weekend.

His co-pilot was First Officer Thomas McGuinness, and there were 9 flight attendants and 81 passengers, a seemingly everyday mixture: a television producer, some businessmen, a retired ballet dancer, an actress and photographer, a young man who had made a success in the new technology economy.

And several hijackers...

It was 8:48 a.m.

Read the rest of this New York Times story here.


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