Via Fox News:
“We landed in a town of 9,000. They took in 7,000 of us from 90 countries for 9 days…It was more than kindness. They were all about compassion. They engaged in the suffering of all of us,” remembered Kevin Tuerff, who was one of the thousands of passengers, whose flight was diverted on September 11, 2001, to an airport outside tiny Gander, Newfoundland.
Tuerff and former American Airlines pilot Beverly Bass joined Fox and Friends, nearly 18 years after the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania changed America and the world forever. On that day, the United States shut down its airspace for the first time in history and 38 commercial aircraft were forced to land in one small Canadian town.
Beverly Bass, the first female captain at American Airlines, was at the helm of Flight 49, going from Paris to Dallas-Fort Worth, when she was ordered to change her flight path. The story of Bass and the hundreds of people on her plane inspired the Tony-award winning musical “Come From Away” that is now playing around the world from Broadway to Melbourne, Australia.