Megan Ann Scheibner’s husband, Steve Scheibner, was the pilot originally scheduled to fly American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, MA —the first plane to hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

For the 9/11 anniversary, she writes:

The anniversary of the September 11th attacks on our country is here once again.

Every year like clockwork, the beauty of the New England fall days becomes a reminder of the horror that occurred on that beautiful, blue-skied day, now twelve years ago.

We all, as a nation, have our memories of that day; memories stamped into our subconscious because of the enormity of that major life event. Memories of a major life event that continues to shape our homes, our nation, and in fact, our world.

My memories of September 11th are a bit different than most. For me, the events of September 11th were framed and orchestrated on September 10th.

You see I’m the wife of First Officer Steve Scheibner, a 757/767 pilot for American Airlines.

Three years ago, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, my son Peter released his film, “In My Seat,” recounting Steve’s experience on September 10th and 11th.

To date, almost two and a half million people have viewed the film. The film and Steve’s experience, like the terrorist attacks themselves, have served to remind people of the brevity of life and the importance of living lives full of purpose and meaning.

Steve was originally scheduled to be the First Officer on Flight 11, the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center. That original assignment was made on the afternoon of September 10, 2001.

It was changed by the evening of September 10th when a senior pilot “bumped” Steve from the trip. Although we didn’t realize it at the time, an opportunity to “pick-up” some extra flying for that senior pilot would change his life forever.

It would change our lives, forever.

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