A Navarre pilot’s memory of 9/11

“All aircraft on this frequency, land at the nearest suitable airport due to a national emergency.”

Keith Brahms heard those words come across his radio at 9:45 a.m. Eastern time on Sept. 11, 2001. He was the co-pilot of a Delta Airlines flight that was heading toward Fort Lauderdale.

He had no idea what to think of the radio call. No idea of the terror unfolding in the skies more than 1,000 miles away.

“We hadn’t heard anything like that before,” Brahms said. “We were like, Holy crap! What does that mean?”

The plane he was on had taken off from Atlanta earlier in the morning and was somewhere over Sarasota when the radio call rolled in from Miami.

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