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9/11 Survivor Reveals How She Narrowly Escaped Death Thanks To Mariah Carey

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9/11 Survivor Reveals How She Narrowly Escaped Death Thanks To Mariah Carey

A woman has revealed how Mariah Carey saved her life inadvertently on the morning of 11th September 2001.

Sara Botkin had a temporary job at the insurance company Aon Corporation in New York City. Their offices were located on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower.

Two planes hit the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center (Credit: PA)
Two planes hit the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center (Credit: PA)

When the horrific terrorist attacks took place, four airlines were hijacked by a group acting under orders from Osama Bin Laden. The world watched in horror after two planes flew into the World Trade Center, causing the two towers to collapse.

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Sara, however, was running late for work that morning because she went to a shop to buy her favourite singer Mariah Carey's album Glitter, which was released that same day.

Sara said she feels 'lucky' to be alive (Credit: WPXI-TV)
Sara said she feels 'lucky' to be alive (Credit: WPXI-TV)

Looking back at her detour two decades later, Sara believes it may have saved her life.

Sara spoke with Philadelphia TV news station WPXI: “I think it’s got to be luck. So many people said God was watching out for me that day. And I believe in God, but I can’t think that He would be a God that would watch out for all those people who lost their lives. Fathers and daughters and mothers and sons.

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"So, I just think I was really lucky.”

When the first plane hit the North Tower, Sara was on the concourse and about to make her way into her office in the South Tower, after running late.

The insurance company Sara worked for lost 176 lives that morning. 

On Saturday, the world commemorated the lives lost during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on its 20th anniversary.

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Sara Botkin was late to work because she bought Mariah Carey's Glitter album (Credit: Virgin Records)
Sara Botkin was late to work because she bought Mariah Carey's Glitter album (Credit: Virgin Records)

Services were held in New York City and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania where Flight 93 crashed after the plane was taken over by terrorists who were overpowered by the crew and passengers.

Sara said she watches footage from the attacks every year.

"I don’t know why," she said. "It's just to remind myself or pay tribute of the folks who were so desperate that they jumped out of the towers.

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“I just… I’ll never forget those days”.

Featured Image Credit: WPXI-TV

Topics: News, Music

Gregory Robinson
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