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CNN Reports that less than 200 people INCLUDING THE PASSENGERS, died in the Pentagon attack. Yesterday they were throwing around the figure of 800!
And if 4,500 people are missing in NCY, that's way below 50,000 which the WTC held.
Our thoughts are with all of them.
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I think that 50,000 was the capacity of the buildings when full. The attack was early enough in the day that they weren't full yet, and fortunately there was enough time between the initial crashes and the collapses that many of the tenants were able to get out. Worse off would be people located on floors at or above the crashes, who (aside from the initial impact of course) had massive fires to contend with, which may well have cut off escape. And rescue workers had a very bad time as well. They will not be forgotten.
 
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Of course, it's great that that many people could get out!
And imagine the effort required. No elevators (duh!) And I don't know about you but when I was 21 or 22 I had to climb 12 stories of a college dorm that had lost power and I was totally exhausted.
Of course I know that GRAVITY was in favor of the WTC inhabitants, but's still, we're talking about walking 70, 80 floors in an orderly fashion no to trample each other.
One sad note (within the sadness) I heard was one of the people that escaped wondering about the handicapped. He said he saw one trying to get out via the stairs. He didn't know what happened to him. Most likely he was carried by others.
 
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The first time I heard the 800 victims figure from the Pentagon, it was stated in the context that a rescue worker had determined that was the number of people who work in that specific part of the building, so theoretically, there could potentially be that many lives lost. It would be the equivalent of saying that since 50,000 people work in the WTC, there are 50,000 potential casualties. The context of the original figure was dropped from all subsequent stories I heard. Fortunately the numbers are lower by the latest estimates.
I hate to sound so analytical about it. What a tragedy.
 
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