September 11, 2001
Everyone has heard the death tolls rise and reports of the
destruction from the terrorist attacks on the US. These were deplorable acts
that we will never forget. But now is a time to look at the other side of the
numbers coming out of New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
The sad but somewhat uplifting side that the mainstream media has not reported
yet - the SURVIVAL rates and some positive news about the attacks.
*** The Buildings ***
* The World Trade Center -
The twin towers of the World Trade Center were places of employment for some
50,000 people. With the missing list of less than 3000 people, that means nearly
95% of the people targeted survived the attack.
* The Pentagon -
Some 23,000 people were the target of a third plane aimed at the Pentagon. The
latest count shows that only 123 lost their lives. That is an amazing 99.5%
survival rate. in addition, the plane seems to have come in too low, too early
to affect a large portion of the building. On top of that, the section that was
hit was the first of five sections to undergo renovations that would help
protect the Pentagon from terrorist attacks. It had recently completed
straightening and blastproofing, saving untold lives. This attack was sad, but a
*** The Planes ***
* American Airlines Flight 77
This Boeing 757 that was flown into the outside of the Pentagon could have
carried up to 289 people, yet only 64 were aboard. Luckily 78% of the seats were
* American Airlines Flight 11
This Boeing 767 could have had up to 351 people aboard, but only carried 92.
Thankfully 74% of the seats were unfilled.
* United Airlines Flight 175 Another Boeing 767 that could have sat 351 people
only had 65 people on board. Fortunately it was 81% empty.
* United Airlines Flight 93
This Boeing 757 was one of the most uplifting stories yet. The smallest flight
to be hijacked with only 45 people aboard out of a possible 289 had 84% of its
capacity unused. Yet these people stood up to the attackers and thwarted a
fourth attempted destruction of a national landmark, saving untold numbers of
lives in the process.
*** In Summary ***
Out of potentially 74,280 Americans directly targeted by these
inept cowards, 93% survived or avoided the attacks. That's a higher survival
rate than heart attacks, breast cancer, kidney transplants and liver
transplants - all common, survivable illnesses.
The Hijacked planes were mostly empty, the Pentagon was hit at it's strongest
point, the overwhelming majority of people in the World Trade Center buildings
escaped, and a handful of passengers gave the ultimate sacrifice to save even
Pass this information on to those in fear and the media. Don't fear these
terrorists. The odds are against them.
Return to Things that Make You Think &