Thanks, Angelle...here's the same story from Yahoo. What is it about Paul and JFK Airport? BTW, the ORIGINAL story was that it was the Concorde that had crashed...I shudder to think...
For McCartney, New York Crash Is 'Dreadful Irony'
By Paul Majendie
LONDON (Reuters) - Paul McCartney saw tragedy unfold before him in New York
Monday for the second time in two months and vowed: ``We have got to get
behind America. We have got to help America.''
Ironically the former Beatle had just flown into New York to raise funds for
the Sept. 11 hijack attack victims when he witnessed the aftermath of the
American Airlines crash.
McCartney, accompanied by his fiancee Heather Mills, was aboard the
supersonic airliner Concorde, landed in New York just before JFK Airport was
``As Concorde was landing, the crash had just happened,'' McCartney told his
press spokesman after landing.
``I looked out of the left-hand side of the plane and there was smoke all
over the place,'' he told spokesman Geoff Baker in a phone call from New York.
``It was a horrendous and tragic irony trying to raise money for the victims
of the last crashes and then something dreadful was happening all over
again,'' McCartney said.
McCartney said the customs hall on arrival was practically deserted and the
FBI (news - web sites) gave him an escort to get out of the airport.
History was eerily repeating itself for the Beatle composer.
On Sept. 11, McCartney was on the tarmac at JFK waiting for take-off when the
suicide hijackers crashed two planes into the towers of the World Trade
``I was sitting on a plane at New York airport and watched it unfold through
the windows. It will live with me forever,'' said McCartney, who then wrote
the song ``Freedom'' to boost relief funds for the victims.
Monday he returned to New York to promote the record with a string of radio
And he refused to be bowed by the latest tragedy. ``That is why I wrote
'Freedom' and that is why I am going to keep pushing it. I will not stop,''
McCartney premiered ``Freedom'' -- a ``Let It Be''-style anthem -- at a
Madison Square Garden charity concert of rock 'n' roll greats last month.
He had been moved to write the song the day after the World Trade Center
``My father was a fireman and I was a war baby,'' he explained to Britain's
Sun tabloid before the concert which he called one of the most emotional gigs
of his life.
``It reminded me of what my father did in the war,'' McCartney said. ``The
heroism of the (New York) firemen hit me in particular. These people were
going into the building when most people would have run away.''
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