NEW YORK (Sept. 11, 2001) — All natural rubber trading was suspended “from the get-go” this morning in the wake of two airplanes crashing into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, causing the buildings to burn and later collapse.
“We talked to traders at (Alan) Grant and Alcan (Rubber & Chemical Co.),” said a source who requested anonymity. “Their offices are in the neighborhood of the World Trade Center, and they were getting out after the first plane went in.” Cargill Inc., a major trader in natural rubber and other commodities, had offices in the World Trade Center. But Patrecia Bovino, its chief of rubber trading, “had not gone into the office that morning,” the source added.
The total count of deaths and injuries was not known as of today, but was feared to be extremely high. Besides the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, one other plane crashed into the west side of the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., also causing uncounted casualties and creating havoc in the nation's capital. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed that four commercial airliners—including the planes that hit the trade center and Pentagon—were hijacked early today. A fourth aircraft crashed in Pennsylvania.