Another Hijacked 9/11 Plane Threatened D.C.; Officials Saw Few Options
Sept. 15 — Just before on
Sept. 11, 2001, jet fighters were swarming around the nation's capital.
‘The Ground Just Shook’
On the ground in
, Assistant Volunteer Fire Chief Rick King, the proprietor of Ida's Country Store, was talking by phone with his sister Jody about the Shanksville, Pa. and New York attacks. Washington
He recalled: "She said to me, 'Rick, I hear a plane,' and I said, 'Yeah,' and she said, 'It's really loud.'"
McClatchey was startled by the noise and looked out her window to catch a glimpse of "a reflection of the sun hitting on something." Shanksville, Valencia
"I could hear the engines screaming," King said. "Seconds later it hit, and I remember, the ground just shook. Everything underneath my feet just rumbled."
"It almost jolted me to the point of losing my balance," McClatchey said.
She grabbed her camera and snapped a photo of what she saw.
"It was very startling against the clear blue sky to see that, a huge ball of smoke coming up," McClatchey said.
Moments after a hijacked jet smashed into a
field on Pennsylvania Sept. 11, 2001, local resident Valencia McClatchy snapped this shot from her home. ( McClatchey) Valencia
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