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Monday, September 11, 2006
All day until midnight, is making available a complete rerun of its original, real-time, as-it-happened 9/11/01 coverage.

It's more than three hours, in two segments. The first segment starts with the north tower already hit; reporters assume that's as far as it will go, and speculate about a "navigational" accident. Then the second plane hits.

Such is our desire to believe the best that one of the reporters asks an NTSB official whether, just possibly, some "navigational" error could cause two separate planes to hit each tower. "No." Thereafter, fueled by FBI announcements, the talk turns to terrorism, and to Washington, where the Pentagon has been hit (one witness saw it just after taking the left-hand exit off 395 toward the Arlington Memorial Bridge), and there are rumors about fires and/or explosions at the State Department, the Mall, and the Capitol.

The first segment ends with the collapse of the south tower, where it seems the jet the fuel tank ignited sooner than in the north tower. The collapse of the north tower occurs a few minutes into the segment. CNN producer covering: "Good lord...there are no words...."

ETA: Peggy Noonan on some of the victims' and rescuers' last phone messages -- "No one said anything unneeded, extraneous or small. Crisis is a great editor."