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Xenia Pilot Remembers Pilot Killed on 9/11

XENIA -- A local United Airlines pilot was supposed to be flying on September 11, 2001, when the planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers.

Gary Turnipseed of Xenia has been a pilot for United for nearly 20 years and remembers that horrific day 12 years ago.

In those 20 years at the airline he met the co-pilot of Flight 175; the plane that hit the South Tower on 9/11.

"I was getting ready to go to Denver to start my trip when my wife called from out of state and told me turn on the television," said Turnipseed.
 
He watched the second tower get hit on live television, not realizing it was his friend who was flying.

"Mike Horrocks was my classmate. He was killed on 9/11. He was a C-130 pilot for the Marines. He had a wife and two kids," he said.

Turnipseed says while watching television Wednesday morning, it was hard to not get emotional.

"In Mike's case, he's the ultimate patriot and was living the American dream. And, that American dream was stolen," he said.

Turnipseed stopped by the Fairborn Memorial where a piece of the World Trade Center beam was on display.

"I walked up and touched it, and I lost it," he said.

Turnipseed told us he couldn't wait to get back to flying because then it felt like it wouldn't give terrorists the upper hand.

"I always remind myself never forget. And, I know I never will and none of us should," he said.

 
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