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we're looking back at one story in particular from that day. fighter pilot heather penny was asked to give her life, to ram her unarmed jet into flight 93 over pennsylvania. it was a suicide mission, she accepted without hesitation. linsey davis had an opportunity to talk to this american hero. >> reporter: let's go back almost 20 years ago. >> i'm charles gibson. >> i'm diane sawyer. it's september 11th, 2001. >> reporter: you hear somebody say, someone has just flown a plane into the world trade center. what was your immediate response? >> we did not appreciate or have the full knowledge that this was an airliner that was flown into the world trade center. >> we want to tell you what we know as we know it. we just got a report in that there's been some sort of explosion at the world trade center in new york city. >> we don't know if it would have been deliberate or accidental.
we know so little now. >> it wasn't until we learned that the second aircraft -- >> my god. >> that looks like a second plane. >> that we ended our meeting. and then moved to where we could see those images on the television, like every other american. and that's when we knew our nation was under attack. >> reporter: what were your marching orders at that point? >> we needed to get armed missiles, built up and loaded on to our aircraft. and we also needed to get the authorization to launch. and both of those were a challenge. >> reporter: at some point, you are told that you need to be prepared to shoot to kill. >> the regent commander has declared that we can shoot down aircraft that does not respond to our direction. copy that? >> reporter: you are flying a plane that you don't have that ability to shoot. so, what were you supposed to do then? >> when that took off, we did
not have missiles. we were on a suicide mission. and in order to be able to take any airliner down, stas would ram his aircraft into the cockpit, where the terrorists were, to destroy the flight controls. and i would take the tail. by targeting both ends of the aircraft, it was our plan to prevent it from any additional casualties. >> reporter: and how did that, you know -- when that dawns on you, that that may be your call, does it register? are you processing that? or are you thinking, this is the mission at hand and we need to operate accordingly? >> anyone who has seen the footage and the videos of what had happened -- >> get out of here. >> -- knew what needed to be done. and i had raised my hand and swore an oath to defend and protect our nation. what was going through my mind,
if this is where the universe placed me at that time, this was my purpose. anyone in our position would have been willing to do the same thing. and the proof is in the pudding. the passengers on flight 93 did. we have to make a commitment to civility. we have to make a commitment to engaging in that kind of dialogue and remembering that there are things that connect us. and those connections, what it means to be an american, is so much more than the differences that we -- between us. >> our thanks, there, to abc's linsey davis. you know, heather's story is one of countless stories of heroism from that day. and on saturday, we'll mark 20 years. >> what we're realizing now -- we heard the stories of, people who were there on the ground, people in the military, people who were in washington, d.c. that day, and just people watching on television. now, we are realizing the families of the victims involved and how it impacted their lives.
we hear from people that are 24, 25, that grew up without a father, without a mother, because they were victims of the world trade center attacks. it's interesting to see that, it's been 20 years. but the effects are still felt until this day. >> many of those kids are now the ages of their parents who perished on that day. >> it's never easy to hear the stories. it's true with grief, it's never easier, it just gets more manageable, and you hear the stories and it brings back all of the feelings of that day. and abc news will have full coverage throughout the week. 9/11, america remembers 20 years later. join david muir, robin roberts and diane sawyer, this saturday morning starting at 8:00 a.m. coming up a daring escape from afghanistan. how an immigrant father here in new york city was able to reunite with his wife and three children with the top secret help of high level angels. first, the furry four-legged looters. you're watching "world news now."
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as the caldor fire threatens lake tahoe, the area is experiencing another problem, bear break-ins. bear intrusions have doubled or tripled in recent days. they are actually going inside homes. now, to the scramble for evacuations in afghanistan. >> more than 1,000 people including americans, remain stranded. one family here in new york is giving thanks this morning. our own will ganss is here with more on that. >> reporter: good morning, mona. good morning, andrew. it's then incredible reunion story, how one father was able to reunite with his wife and children, as the caldor fire threatens lake tahoe, the area is experiencing another problem, bear break-ins. bear intrusions have doubled or tripled in recent days. they are actually going inside homes.
now, to the scramble for evacuations in afghanistan. >> more than 1,000 people including americans, remain stranded. awaiting state department clearance for the charter flights to deliver them safely. one family here in new york is giving thanks this morning. our own will ganss is here with more on that. >> reporter: good morning, mona. good morning, andrew. it's then incredible reunion story, how one father was able to reunite with his wife and children, ages 5, 6 and 8 in kabul, thanks to top-secret organizations in both location. what began as a harrowing escape in kabul, coming to an end in a tiny restaurant, on the west side of new york city. mohammed finally reuniting with his wife and children. >> i didn't believe they are here. >> reporter: mohammed is a u.s. citizen who emigrated to new york and later opened ariana, a restaurant serving his native cuisine to new yorkers and tourists, alike. but his wife and children were awaiting citizenship papers when the taliban seized power last month. >> there were two children that were u.s. citizens. i spoke to mohammed. and i said, we have to make this a priority. >> reporter: the chaos in kabul, making that rescue nearly impossible. >> children lost their shoes. the baby was crying.
it was hot outside. they were getting dehydrated. and they had to go home because they couldn't take it anymore. >> reporter: working through intermediaries on the ground, in a series of middle-of-the-night texts and phone calls, the family was instructed to have the youngest child wear a red bandanna. until finally, the family spotted by u.s. soldiers, whisked into the airfield. >> there were so many checkpoints. and no one would allow you to go through there. we passed many checkpoints. >> reporter: it would take two more days before they were airlifted out, with thousands of others. >> so many stories. so many families. we have to try to do the best we can and keep on plowing through. >> reporter: there are so many other families desperate for help. he said, he and other members of congress are hoping for more success stories like this one. you guys? >> we're waiting for those stories, as well. we appreciate you bringing us this story. like he said, so many families. so many stories of their own. hopefully we can bring you more success stories, as well. coming up, holding a plank for nine minutes. wait, that's me. how about nine hours? >> "wait, what?" how this athlete made it into the record books.
♪ ♪ ♪ time now for "wait, what?" starting with a record-breaking plank that lasted nine hours, mona. >> this is planking, right? when it went viral and everyone used to lie there? >> no. this is the exercise planking. >> "wait, what?" >> australian athlete daniel scali just broke the record when he held the position for 9 hours, 30 minutes and 1 second. that's a ten-part netflix series. more impressive, scali broke the record when suffering chronic pain in his left arm. >> he said he wore a compression sleeve to deal with the pain. but he said it was a head-to-toe experience of constant pain,
that now he has transferred to me. now, my core hurts. this is shaking for me. >> if you can dream it, you can do it. >> except for when i try it. next, can you imagine -- can you imagine, being so lazy when painting the walls that you paint over a dead cockroach? >> i can't imagine it. "wait, what?" >> a woman in texas, found her landlord did this, painted over a dead cockroach. >> we must have the same landlord. she shared it on social media, that prompted photoshopped responses. a top hat and tap shoes, saying give the razzle-dazzle. >> one put the bug in the mortal combat game. fighting one of its characters. >> finish him. and someone added the cockroach in the middle of a soccer game.
>> long legs. >> you just going to paint over it? >> that's a sign. i told you, any cockroach, dead or alive, is a sign you need to get out of there. >> you better believe, if that was in new york city, that apartment would go for $3,000 a month. next, to paying more than $72,000 for a clump of hair. "wait, what?" >> it wasn't just any hair. it was what was on the mind of the king himself, elvis presley. a baseball-sized clump of presley's hair with extensive documentation, just sold at auction for $72,500. >> the hair was reportedly collected over the course of two decades from elvis' personal barber, who kept the hair safe in a plastic bag. >> after the auction, the barber said thank you, thank you very much. this included the sale of presley's jumpsuit from his 1972 madison square garden performance for $1 million. >> that was nasty.
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