From Michael Jackson to Mark Wahlberg, the celebrities who narrowly escaped catastrophe

From Michael Jackson to Mark Wahlberg, the celebrities who narrowly escaped catastrophe
Actor Mark Wahlberg narrowly avoided boarding Flight 11, the first plane that crashed into the World Trade Center (Getty Images)

Actor Mark Wahlberg narrowly averted boarding Flight 11, the primary aircraft that crashed into the World Commerce Middle (Getty Pictures)

Many individuals have tales of narrowly avoiding catastrophe on 9/11, due to late trains, missed alarms, or different mishaps that turned out to be miracles. A few of these tales belong to celebrities. Twenty-one years later, this is a take a look at among the well-known individuals who got here perilously near being within the planes or buildings destroyed that day.

Michael Jackson

In accordance with Michael Jackson‘s older brother, Jermaine, the King of Pop’s schedule on September 11, 2001 included a morning assembly on the World Commerce Middle. Fortunately, the musician overslept and missed the assembly – one thing he credited to a late-night chat along with his mom and siblings.

Years later, the elder Jackson recalled the near-miss in his memoir, You Are Not Alone Michael: By means of a Brother’s Eyes:

“Fortunately, none of us had a clue that Michael was due at a gathering that morning on the prime of one of many Twin Towers. We solely found this when Mom phoned his lodge to ensure he was okay. She, Rebbie [Jackson] and some others had left him there round 3am. ‘Mom, I am okay, due to you,’ he informed her. ‘You saved me up speaking so late that I overslept and missed my appointment.’”

Mark Wahlberg

On the day of the assaults, actor Mark Wahlberg was scheduled to fly on American Airways Flight 11 – the primary aircraft that crashed into the World Commerce Middle.

Fortuitously for Wahlberg, he and his mates made a last-minute determination to not fly to Los Angeles, the place the aircraft was headed, however to a Toronto movie pageant as an alternative.

Years later, the actor boasted that if he’d been on the aircraft, he would have personally stopped the hijacking.

“If I used to be on that aircraft with my youngsters, it would not have went down prefer it did,” Wahlberg informed Males’s Journal. “There would have been a number of blood in that first-class cabin after which me saying, ‘Okay, we’ll land someplace safely, don’t fret.’”

After a public outcry, Wahlberg later apologised for his feedback.

Seth MacFarlane

Household Man creator Seth MacFarlane has a hangover to thank for surviving America’s worst terrorist assault. The actor and cartoonist was scheduled to board the identical aircraft as Wahlberg – Flight 11 – however arrived late on the airport.

“I used to be booked on that flight and I used to be ingesting the night time earlier than and hung over and I missed the aircraft by about 10 minutes,” MacFarlane informed the Mirror years later. “It was a really shut name for me.”

After reserving the subsequent flight, MacFarlane stated in a CNN interview, he then took a nap on the airport’s lounge, and awoke 45 minutes later amid the commotion of individuals studying the horrible information. Seeing the footage of his flight crashing into the North Tower, MacFarlane informed an airport bartender he was speculated to be on that aircraft. The bartender gave him a shot.