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Ground zero trio die on same day from '9/11 illnesses'

Three retired firefighters who worked at ground zero in New York have died on the same day from illnesses that are believed to be related to dealing with the 9/11 terror attacks.

Lieutenant Howard Bischoff and firefighters Robert Leaver and Daniel Heglund all died on Monday, NBC News has reported.

New York Fire Department commissioner Daniel Nigro said the men's deaths are "a painful reminder that 13 years later we continue to pay a terrible price for the department's heroic efforts" in September 2001.

The three men were among the first FDNY responders in the aftermath of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Credit: Reuters-Peter Morgan

One had leukaemia, another had oesophageal cancer and a third had colon cancer.

The Uniformed Fire Officers Association said 99 per cent of first responders reported suffering at least one new respiratory illness after 9/11.


Channel 4 to show video of 9/11 attack from space

Video footage of the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York which was filmed from space is to be broadcast in full on UK TV for the first time.

A plume of smoke is seen rising from the World Trade Centre on the morning of September 11, 2001. Credit: Nasa handout

The footage, which shows a plume of smoke stretching from the site of the devastated World Trade Centre towers, was filmed from the International Space Station by astronaut Frank Culbertson.

Hours after the attack Mr Culberston discovered his friend Chic Burlingame was one of the pilots killed, when his plane was hijacked by terrorists.

It will be shown next week as part of Channel 4'S 'Live From Space' season, featuring a number of documentaries about astronauts and a two-and-a-half hour live broadcast from the ISS and Mission Control in Huston, Texas on Sunday March 16.

Airport sorry for holding fire drill on Sep 11 anniversary

Boston Logan International Airport officials have apologised for holding a fire drill - complete with smoke and flames - on the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

A United Airlines plane lands at Logan International Airport. Credit: REUTERS/Jim Bourg

The airport announced on their official Facebook page that they would be carrying out the drill today which drew widespread criticism on the social networking site.

One Facebook user wrote "how clueless and insensitive can you be", while another said "talk about out of touch."

Only two hours before the fire drill post, the Boston Logan International Airport's Facebook page said "Remembers" in relation to the attacks.

The Massachusetts Port Authority, who runs the airport, released a statement saying that it "apologises for conducting the fire training exercise and understands that it may have offended many of those touched by the events of September 11."

The two hijacked planes that hit the World Trade Center towers flew out of Logan airport.

9/11 victims are remembered at the Pentagon

A memorial service has been held at the Pentagon in Washington. Credit: EBU

President Barack Obama has attended a memorial service at the Pentagon to mark the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks. Along with prayers and speeches, a silence held to mark the moment American Airlines flight 77 crashed at the site, killing 184 people.

Relatives of those who died in the attack were among those who attended the service.

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