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American Airlines pilot remembers father who was flying hijacked flight on 9/11: ‘We will never forget’ – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-09-12 01:51:07 –

American Airlines pilot Tom McGuinness urges his fellow aviators to honor the memories of those who died in 9/11 by thanking them for what they have. McGuinness was only 14 years old when his father, an American Airlines pilot, was flying one of the planes that was hijacked by a terrorist and flew to the World Trade Center. (Johann Oldness via Getty Images / AFP)

Chicago(WGN) — Tom McGuinness was 14 years old on September 11, 2001. His father, also known as Tom, went to work that day as an American Airlines pilot. He was the co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11 when he took off from Boston to Los Angeles.

Early in the flight, the hijacker commanded the aircraft and flew it to the North Tower of the World Trade Center. This is the first strike of a terrorist attack that has echoed to this day.

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Twenty years later, the 14-year-old boy is now also an American Airlines pilot.And this weekend, he urges fellow pilots to respect the memories of those lost in 9/11 by thanking them for what they have.

“People who know me know that I usually don’t lead my referrals in personal connections, but I was 14 when 9/11 happened. [first officer] I was my dad at AA11, “McGuinness wrote in a shared post. Allied Pilots Association website..

McGuinness admitted that most people mourn the loss of life they suffered that day. But he also urged readers to remember how our country and his industry came together in the aftermath of the attack.

“We all remember this weekend how our country got together, how our crew treated each other and our passengers, and how my dad lived his life. It’s a brilliant example of what you want to do, “said McGuinness.

Workers on American Airlines and United Airlines airlines are seen at a ceremony dedicating a wreath on September 11, 2021 for a colleague who died in the attack on September 11, 2001. (SpencerPlatt / GettyImages)

He remembered that his father was a skilled Navy aviator and pilot of the F-14 Tomcat, and that family and faith were always the top priorities of life.

“It takes a few minutes to remember our own story this weekend and thank you for what we have. For those who have children, give them an example of compassion and kindness. This kind of memory will honor our pilots and exemplify what my dad supported, “McGuinness said in a post.

McGuinness added that people want to focus not only on the sadness of September 11th, but also on the gifts of life. He also thanked airline passengers who may be flying this weekend for vigilance.

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“Together, we remember what happened on our aircraft 20 years ago, and we never forget,” he said.

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