A reporter's notebook

The story of extraordinary love and kindness, proved ordinary by the people of Newfoundland

While a stunned world watched in horror as the tragedies of September 11, 2001, played out on television screens, a remote and little-known area of Canada found itself suddenly and irrevocably drawn onto the world stage and into history.

Once it became clear that the United States was under attack on September 11, air space was closed to all traffic in the US for the first time in history. Aircraft flying anywhere over the US were grounded, and would remain so for the next three days. Planes already in the air bound for the west coast of the United States were diverted to Alaska and eastern Canada, and those flying from Europe were sent to eastern Canada's Maritime Provinces. In all, 224 planes landed that day on Canadian airstrips. In the Maritimes, 126 planes landed, with 38 landing in Gander, Newfoundland, carrying 6, 122 passengers and 473 crew members.

September 9, 2002

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