Many people have stories of how they narrowly avoided disaster 9/11, thanks to delayed trains, missed alarms or other mishaps that turned out to be miracles. Some of these stories belong to celebrities. Twenty-one years later, here’s a look at some of the famous people who came perilously close to being on the planes or buildings destroyed that day.
Corresponding Michael Jackson‘s older brother Jermaine, the King of Pop’s September 11, 2001 schedule included a morning meeting at the World Trade Center. Luckily for the musicians oversleep and missed the meeting — something he attributed to a late-night chat with his mother and siblings.
Years later, the elder Jackson recalled the near miss in his memoir. You Are Not Alone Michael: Through A Brother’s Eyes:
“Luckily none of us had any idea that Michael was due to attend a meeting at the top of one of the Twin Towers that morning. We didn’t find out until Mom called his hotel to make sure he was okay. You, Rebbie [Jackson] and a few others had left him there around 3am. “Mother, thanks to you I’m fine,” he told her. ‘You kept me talking so long I overslept and missed my appointment.’”
On the day of the attacks, actor Mark Wahlberg was scheduled to fly on American Airlines Flight 11 – the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center.
Fortunately for Wahlberg, he and his friends made a last-minute decision not to fly to Los Angeles, where the plane was headed, but instead to a film festival in Toronto.
Years later, the actor boasted that if he had been on the plane, he would have personally stopped the kidnapping.
“If I had been on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have crashed like this,” Wahlberg said men’s magazine. “There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin, and then I would have said, ‘Okay, we’ll land somewhere safe, don’t worry.'”
After a public outcry, Wahlberg later apologized for his comments.
family Guy Creator Seth MacFarlane has a hangover to thank for surviving America’s worst terrorist attack. The actor and cartoonist was scheduled to board the same plane as Wahlberg – Flight 11 – but arrived late at the airport.
“I was booked on this flight and was drinking the night before and was hung over and missed the plane by about 10 minutes,” MacFarlane said mirror years later. “It was a very close decision for me.”
After booking the next flight, MacFarlane said in a CNN interview, he then took a nap in the airport lounge and awoke 45 minutes later amid the excitement of people hearing the terrible news. When MacFarlane saw the footage of his plane crashing into the North Tower, he told a bartender at the airport that he should be on that plane. The bartender gave him a chance.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/celebrities-9-11-wahlberg-jackson-macfarlane-b2164383.html 9/11: From Michael Jackson to Mark Wahlberg, here are the celebs who narrowly escaped the disaster