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One after the other......This truly would've been the last thing on their mind that morning. Unreal. They must have had the feeling of absolutely no hope. Very sad.
USA TODAY estimates that at least 200 people jumped to their deaths that
morning, far more than can be seen in the photographs taken that
morning. Nearly all were from the north tower, which was hit first and
collapsed last. Fewer than a dozen were from the south tower.
The jumping started shortly after the first jet hit at 8:46 a.m. People
jumped continuously during the 102 minutes that the north tower stood.
Two people jumped as the north tower began to fall at 10:28 a.m.,
For those who jumped, the fall lasted 10 seconds.
They struck the ground at just less than 150 miles per hour — not fast
enough to cause unconsciousness while falling, but fast enough to ensure
instant death on impact. People jumped from all four sides of the north
tower. They jumped alone, in pairs and in groups.
Most came from the north tower's 101st to 105th floors, where the Cantor
Fitzgerald bond firm had offices, and the 106th and 107th floors, where
a conference was underway at the Windows on the World restaurant.
Others leaped from the 93rd through 100th floor offices of Marsh &
McLennan insurance company.
Intense smoke and heat, rather than flames, pushed people into this horrific choice.
Flight 11 struck the 94th through 98th floors of the north tower,
shooting heat and smoke up elevator shafts and stairways in the center
of the building. Within minutes, it would have been very difficult to
breathe. That drove people to the windows 1,100 to 1,300 feet above
There were several reasons more people jumped from the north tower than from the south.
The fire was more intense and compact in the north tower. The jet hit
higher, so smoke was concentrated in 15 floors compared with 30 floors
in the south tower, which was hit on the 78th through 84th floors. The
north tower also stood longer: 102 minutes vs. 56 minutes. And twice as
many people were trapped on the north tower's upper floors than in the
south tower, where occupants had 161/2 minutes to evacuate before the
second jet hit.
The New York medical examiner's office says it does not classify the people who fell to their deaths on Sept. 11 as "jumpers."
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