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9/11 Attack: Mark Wahlberg and Other Stars Who Could've Been on the Plane or inside the Twin Towers

Edduin Carvajal
Sep 12, 2020
07:00 A.M.
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Almost two decades have passed since 9/11 happened – the terroristic attacks against the US that were conducted by Al-Qaeda in which nearly 3,000 people died, and several others were injured.


As we all remember, four planes hijacked by terrorists crashed into the Pentagon in Virginia, a field in Pennsylvania, and the World Trade Center towers (twin towers) in New York City.

[Sarah Ferguson] was 20 minutes late and on her way to the tower.

The World Trade Center after being hit by two planes September 11, 2001 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images


The 9/11 attacks left a mark in people from all over the world, including some of our favorite celebrities. In fact, people like Ice T and Bethenny Frankel once revealed where they were when the World Trade Center attack took place.

In the rapper's case, he saw the towers fall from his apartment window. Frankel, on the other hand, said that she was on her way to the gym when she saw that TV channels were broadcasting the heart-wrenching incident.

Other celebrities have shared even more frightening anecdotes when remembering 9/11, revealing that they could have been killed during the attacks but, for different reasons, they were saved. Take a look at the most chilling ones.



Actor and producer Rob Lowe, best known for "Parks and Recreation," once admitted that only 11 days before the attacks took place, he boarded a plane with the 9/11 hijackers in what he believes was a practice flight for the terrorists. He explained:

"I was shooting 'The West Wing' in D.C. at the time, and I always took the flight that leaves Dulles to Los Angeles that they eventually put into the Pentagon."

Rob added that he used to take the same plane regularly and that while he was on board, nobody looked scared or like a terrorist, and it all seemed normal.



Actor and writer Seth MacFarlane, who rose to prominence after creating "Family Guy," revealed that he was supposed to board the American Airlines Flight 11, the one that crashed into the North Tower of the WTD on 9/11.

Fortunately, he had been drinking the previous night and was hungover early that morning. Apart from that, his travel agent told him that the flight, which was set to depart at 7:45 a.m., had been rescheduled to leave at 8:15 a.m.

Seth missed his plane by about 10 minutes, but everyone on board passed away in the crash, so it was a very close call.



The late King of Pop Michael Jackson had a story very similar to that of Seth. However, he didn't miss a plane but a meeting at the top of one of the Twin Towers.

Luckily, he overslept because he stayed up late talking to his mother, Katherine, and sister Rebbie. According to Jermaine Jackson, Michael's brother, Katherine and Rebbie dropped Michael off at his hotel at around 3 a.m.

The following morning, Katherine called the hotel to make sure that her son was okay, and he thanked her for keeping him up so late.



"Mile 22" actor Mark Wahlberg will never forget 9/11, especially because he was also supposed to board the American Airlines Flight 11, just like Seth MacFarlane.

At the last minute, though, he and his friends decided to take a charter plane to a film festival in Canada. The actor once admitted that he had over 50 dreams about the crash, something understandable considering that he might have died in the attack.

Mark was eventually criticized for saying that if he had been on the flight with his children, the plane wouldn't have gone down as it did.



Michael Jackson and the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson have a very similar story. Her charity, Chances for Children, used to be located on the 101st floor of the North Tower, and just like the King of Pop, she was supposed to attend a meeting on 9/11.

However, she was interviewed by Matt Lauer at the NBC studio earlier that morning, and it took more time than anyone expected. When the incident happened, she was 20 minutes late and on her way to the tower.

After that, Sarah revealed that she learned from her near-death experience to make the most out of her life.


Patti Austin on November 07, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images


Singer Patti Austin was expected to board the United Flight 93 on 9/11 for a New York City performance. Since her mother suffered a stroke, she had to reschedule her flight, and it was a life-saving decision.


The United Flight 93 was the one hijacked by terrorists and crashed in a Pennsylvania field. After that, Patti pointed out that she felt she was saved for a specific reason, and even though it was still unclear for her, she started working with charities "a lot more."

What happened on 9/11 changed the lives of many, which is why so many people keep sharing heartfelt tributes to the victims of the terror attacks. May God give peace to their souls.

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