Mayor recalls Richmond’s role in aftermath of 9/11 attacks as planes grounded at YVR

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As the world solemnly marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 (9/11) terrorist attacks in New York, Richmond’s mayor is reflecting on how his city jumped into action to help others.

After the deadliest attack of terrorism on U.S. soil took place, dozens of planes were diverted to the Vancouver International Airport and grounded in Richmond as the North American airspace closed.

Malcolm Brodie was named Richmond’s mayor just a few weeks after the fatal attacks and recounts the day saying, “I think it was a proud moment for our city.”

“It was like a garage for airplanes. There were airplanes everywhere on the airport property. It was quite a remarkable sight … planes flew into Vancouver … which had never been part of the Vancouver experience,” Brodie explains. “Then the problem, of course, became what do you do with all the people who are on those flights.” …

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