NATCA Remembers Sep. 11
Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. We remember those who lost their lives and commend the aviation safety professionals that were on duty that day for their bravery and hard work.
It fills us with great pride to represent the men and women who handled such a terrible event seamlessly, professionally, and safely. After an unprecedented shutdown of the National Airspace System was ordered, our members across the country sprang into action to order every aircraft in their airspace to land immediately. Controllers guided 700 aircraft to land in the first four minutes, 2,800 in the first hour, and over 4,500 within the first three hours. Over a million passengers landed without incident.
This day is a reminder that we must remain committed to our duty of protecting the National Airspace System. We are confident that with NATCA members involved at every stage, our NAS will continue to be the safest, most efficient in the world, capable of handling any emergency that may arise.
We will never forget 9/11.