|Miracle in the World Trade Center|
The documentary Miracles in Our Midst chronicled the stories of people who seem to have had miraculous escapes from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. One of them was Stanley Praimnath. He was in the elevator of the south tower of the World Trade Center when the first plane crashed into the north tower at 8:46 a.m. Being in the elevator, he hadn't heard a thing, but when he walked into his office on the 81st floor (he was an assistant vice president at Fuji Bank) he saw a red-orange flame coming from the north tower.
With others, he went back down the elevator. But in the lobby loudspeakers assured everyone that their building was secure; they could return to their offices. With others, Stanley got back on the elevator. He was back at his desk, on the phone, when a giant airplane caught his eye out the window. He heard its engines rev as it grew bigger and bigger, coming head-on. He dove under his desk—on top of which he always kept a Bible—and prayed, "Lord, I can't do this. You take over." The nose of the plane crashed into Stanley's very floor; a "wing," he said, "sliced right through the office." There was a deafening explosion (Stanley would suffer temporary hearing loss), a ball of flame, and then darkness. Stanley was the only one left on the 81st floor. In fact, upon impact everyone on floors 78-82 had been swept away. Stanley at first thought they had heartlessly left him behind, before he realized later what had happened. The ceiling was caved in, part of the floor collapsed, partitions and walls flattened, every piece of furniture and computers destroyed. Everything except for Stanley's desk, under which he huddled, somehow alive.
The documentary pointed out that with the epicenter of the crash less than 50 yards from Stanley's desk, and thousands of gallons of jet fuel igniting, "the banker's chances of survival should be nonexistent. Yet when the cataclysmic roar of the crash subsided, Stanley Praimnath is very much alive."
Stanley (after more answers to prayer) made it out of the building. He said, "… there is a God, and He hears and intervenes."
Reference: Miracles in Our Midst, Grizzly Adams Productions, Inc., 2006