慢速英语:Words and Their Stories: Voices From 9-11 Tell Story of Fast-Moving Events

Source: VOA    2011-09-11   English BBS   Favorite  
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.
不久,无线电丢失联络。在飞机上的一名乘务人员,Betty Ong,告诉一名公司职员报告劫机事件。

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:“到目前为止,我们所得到的是,5号乘务员被刺伤,但她似乎还活着。1号乘务员似乎被刺伤得很严重并且躺在地板上,他们不清楚她是否还有意识。其他的乘务员在后面,嗯,这就是目前我所知道的。现在机舱里的乘客似乎还不知道发生了什么事情。

At eight twenty-four, the voice of hijacker Mohamed Atta was heard over the radio.
在8点24分,劫机者Mohamed Atta的声音传到了无线电的另一端。
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:“全部不许动,一切都会好的。如果你试图做任何动作,你会伤害自己和这架飞机,只需保持安静。”

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."
NEW YORK CENTER:“不好意思,请再说一遍。”

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

NEW YORK CENTER: "A lot of smoke in lower Manhattan?"
NEW YORK CENTER:“曼哈顿下城有很多烟雾?”

UKNOWN PILOT: "Coming out of the, ah, top of the World Trade Center building, a major fire."
UKNOWN PILOT: “烟雾来自,啊,世界贸易中心大楼顶部,那里发生了严重火灾。”

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."
TRANSPORT PLANE:“收到,我们正攀升到3000区域。长官,看上去好像那架飞机已经装上了五角大楼西侧。”

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."
MALE voice:“您需要注意一下内容,地区指挥官已宣布,如果有飞机不服从我们的指挥,我们可以将其击落。”

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 http://www.hxen.com .


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