Layover Episode: The Town of Gander, Newfoundland (Come From Away)

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On September 11, 2001, millions of US citizens found themselves grappling with the aftermath of terrorist attacks from within the country's borders. Around the world, though, thousands of people found themselves stranded far from home when US airspace closed. During a time of enormous vulnerability, Gander, Newfoundland emerged as the epicenter of kindness, generosity, and friendship during the darkest of times. In this week's Patreon-exclusive layover episode of Take to the Sky: the Air Disaster Podcast, Stephanie shares the experiences and relationships that continue to shine a spotlight on the people of Gander and the day when 38 planes and 6,700 strangers came from away.
  • Washington Post: How cast and crew of 'Come From Away' brought their story of human kindness back to Broadway
  • USA Today: An oasis of kindness on 9/11: This town welcomed 6,700 strangers amid terror attacks
  • Washington Post: I was stranded in Newfoundland on Sept. 11. Here's my 'Come From Away' story.
  • The CBC: N.L. famously embraced the world on 9/11. There's an untold story about what happened before
  • Texas Public Radio: Stranded In Gander On September 11th: 20 Years Later
  • WTSB: Real 'Come From Away' pilot, a Florida native, recalls 9/11 in Newfoundland
  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum: "Lend a Hand, Do What You Can": Remembering the Generosity of Gander
  • Charlotte Observer: Midway across the Atlantic, this pilot was the last to land in North America on 9/11
  • Travel & Leisure: 20 Years Later: The Little Town in Newfoundland That Welcomed Nearly 7,000 Strangers on 9/11
  • CBS News: 20 years after 9/11, the story of ""Come From Away"" brings light in another dark time: ""The message is so needed""
  • History By Day: The 9/11 Story You Probably Never Heard of: How the Town of Gander Saved 6,700 People
  • Orland Sentinel: Sept. 11 documentary 'You Are Here' tells story of 'a bright light in the dark'
  • Flying Magazine: Pilots Share Their 9/11 Stories
  • Palm Beach Daily News: Palm Beach couple among those cared for by Gander residents after 9/11
  • CNN: The strangers who fell in love when 9/11 diverted their flight
  • Her: The unheard story of a plane that landed in Canada during 9/11 is inspiring
  • Toronto Star: 'Out of something tragic came something beautiful': How the five days after 9/11 changed Gander, N.L., forever
  • New Yorker: Stuck in Gander, Newfoundland
  • You Are Here Film
  • NPR: In Wake Of Sept. 11 Tragedy, Rerouted Passengers Find Resilience In Gander
  • Colorado State University: CSU alum's book tells how small Canadian town helped Americans in wake of 9/11
  • My High Plains: Plans to return to the United States on September 11, 2001: How the Jordans ended up in Gander, Newfoundland
  • Ford's Theater: "Come From Aways" Share Their Experiences in Newfoundland
  • Forbes: The Day Canadians Opened Their Homes To Americans
  • National Museum of American History: A Little More About 9/11, Gander
  • CBS Austin: Austin man looks back on his time in Gander, Newfoundland 20 years after 9/11
  • West Virginia Public Access: Stranded on 9/11, One Man Was Moved To Start a Pay It Forward Foundation To Encourage Kindness
  • Salt Water: Telling untold stories: book by Gander man highlights some of the unsung heroes of 9-11
  • WHYY: Pilot recalls kindness in Canada as musical inspired by true 9/11 story opens in Philly
  • Fly Gander: OUR HISTORY
  • The University of Texas at Austin: THE REAL KEVIN T.
  • Stuff: What my plane diverting during 9/11 taught me about leadership and resilience
  • The Australian: How Gander provided sanctuary amid the chaos of 9/11
  • Former P&G exec was stranded for 5 days after 9/11. But his story is far from tragic
  • Australian Journal of Emergency Management: Helping the other victims of September 11: Gander uses multiple EOCs to deal with 38 diverted flights
  • WCVB: Survivors of Sept. 11, 2001 share stories, encourage acts of kindness to bring back togetherness
  • Newfoundland Labrador: Kindness Comes From Within
  • CBS: Travelers grounded in Newfoundland on 9/11 tell their story
  • The Globe and Mail: Documentary 9/11: Cleared for Chaos: A true story of unsung heroes
  • Gander: the Untold Story
  • ABC: Houston couple's love story after 9/11 inspires musical
  • Medium: Remembering 9/11
  • The Sun: Love Not War
  • WYNC: 'I was an American Refugee': One Man's Story of 9/11 in Newfoundland
  • The Guardian: 'It's great to be alive, isn't it?'
  • Credits:

    Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
    Directed and engineered at: Snow Monster Studios
    Sound editor: Podcast Engineers
    Producer: Adam Hubka
    Music by: Mike Dunn
    The Town of Gander, Newfoundland "Come from Away"

    The Plane People settle into cots at Gander Academy. Source: AP

    The Town of Gander, Newfoundland "Come from Away"

    The last flight to leave Gander on September 15, 2001. Source: AP

    The Town of Gander, Newfoundland "Come from Away"

    A map shows the Plane People where they are: Gander, Newfoundland. Source: AP