9/11 victim cries ‘I’m going to die’ in harrowing 911 call before WTC collapses

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A harrowing emergency services call made by a woman on the 83rd floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center caught her pleading for help with an emergency operator, just before the building's collapse.

On the morning of the September 11 attacks in New York, the first aircraft ‒ Flight 11 ‒ crashed into the North Tower, and shortly after, another passenger jet ‒ Flight 175 ‒ was flown into the South Tower.

The South Tower of the iconic buildings then collapsed at approximately 10am.

Now, an ITV documentary ‘9-11: Life Under Attack’ has broadcast a harrowing phone call between a victim of the September 11 attacks and an emergency operator, which depicts a desperate call for assistance.

Making the call at 9:17am, a woman can be heard pleading for help, as she explains that she is stranded with others on the 83rd floor of the tower.

She said: “Is it… Is it… are they going to be able to get somebody up here?

“There’s no one here yet and the floor’s completely engulfed.

“We’re on the floor and we can’t breathe.

“And it’s very, very, very hot. It’s very hot!”

“I’m going to die aren’t I? I’m going to die.”

The operator can be heard trying her best to reassure the woman, saying: “Ma’am, ma'am, say your prayers. You got to think positive because you got to help each other get off the floor.”

The trapped woman then asked the operator to stay on the line as they waited for help. Shortly after, at approximately 10am that morning, the South Tower collapsed.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the horrific events on September 11, which saw more than 2,900 people killed.

Marking the occasion, survivors have been given testimony about their experiences. A British artist even recalled how a twist of fate ‒ where she decided to head to the lobby for a drink ‒ meant she moved out of the path of the oncoming passenger jet.

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