Dating flight crew
We were told to just relax at the hotel and we would be contacted when the U. airports opened again, but not to expect that call for a while.We found out the total scope of the terror back home only after getting to our hotel and turning on the TV, 24 hours after it all started.Two days later, we got that call and were taken back to the Gander airport.Back on the plane, we were reunited with the passengers and found out what they had been doing for the past two days. Gander and all the surrounding communities (within about a 75 kilometer radius) had closed all high schools, meeting halls, lodges, and any other large gathering places.We got off the plane and were taken to the terminal where we went through Immigration and Customs and then had to register with the Red Cross.After that we (the crew) were separated from the passengers and were taken in vans to a small hotel. We learned from the Red Cross that the town of Gander has a population of 10,400 people and they had about 10,500 passengers to take care of from all the airplanes that were forced to land.
We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly.
We told them the plane had a simple instrument problem and that we needed to land at the nearest airport in Gander, Newfoundland to have it checked out. The reality is that we are here for another reason." Then he went on to explain the little bit we knew about the situation in the U. The Canadian Government was in charge of our situation and no one was allowed to get off the aircraft.
We promised to give more information after landing in Gander. No one on the ground was allowed to come near any of the air crafts.
On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about five hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic.
All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain.