TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11， 2001
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
A bright blue sky stretched over New York City.
It was the morning rush . Men and women hurried to work. Taxis, cars, and buses zoomed  through the streets.
And then there was the plane.
Many people in Lower Manhattan heard it before they saw it — the screaming roar  of jet  engines.
The massive  aircraft  streaked  through the sky, hardy skimming over rooftops.
Up and down the sidewalks, people froze. Eleven-year-old Lucas Calley wasn’t supposed to be in Manhattan that day. His parents had no idea that he’d caught a train into the city, that he was there, on a crowded sidewalk, looking up as it all began.
Lucas watched, almost hypnotized , as the plane careened through the sky.
He’d never seen a plane flying so low.
It was so close he could read the letters on the tail: AA.
American Airlines .
Panicked questions swirled through his mind.
Was there something wrong with (he plane?
Was the pilot  sack? Lost? Confused ?
Pull up ! Lucas wanted to shout. Go higher!
But the plane kept getting lower.
And now Lucas’s hear stopped as he saw what was in the plane’s path: the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. The silver-and-glass buildings, each a quarter of  a mile tall, rose high above the New York City skyline .
The plane sped up.
With one last ferocious  roar, the jet plunged into the side of one of the towers.
There was a thundering explosion.
People all around Lucas screamed.
And then the bright blue sky filled with black smoke and fire.
Vocabulary & Phrases
 morning rush 早高峰
 zoomed[zu:md]vi. （飞机、汽车等）急速移动（zoom的过去式）
 roar[r?r] n. 呼啸声
 jet [d??t] n. 喷气式飞机
 massive[?m?s?v] adj. 大的，重的
 aircraft[?erkr?ft] n. 飞机，航空器
 streaked[strik?d]vi. 快速移动（streak的过去式）
 hypnotized [?h?pn??ta?zd]vt. 使精神恍惚（hypnotize的过去分词）
American Airlines 美国航空公司
 pilot [?pa?l?t] n. 飞行员
 confused [k?n?fjuzd]adj. 糊涂的；迷乱的
 pull up（使）停下（住）
 a quarter of四分之一的
 skyline [?ska??la?n] n. 地平线; （以天空为背景的）轮廓线
 ferocious [f??ro???s] adj. 残忍的; 凶猛