Life comes at you fast, and can be taken away from you in the split of a second — that is what at least six celebrities have to say after surviving the September 11 attacks. Click through RadarOnline.com's gallery to see the collection of stars who escaped death on that dreadful day in 2001.
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Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane, 44, was booked on the flight from Boston that hit the South tower on September 11, 2001. Though he had a tendency of being late to the airport, the American actor missed his flight that morning due to the fact that he felt unwell from drinking the night before, and his travel agent had listed the wrong flight time.
Mark Wahlberg, 47, was set to board the same American Airlines flight as MacFarlane, but on the last minute, he was invited to attend a film festival in Toronto. In a spur-of-the-moment decision, the Ted star chartered a jet with some of his friends and flew off to Canada, missing the flight that would have ended his life. Radar readers know Wahlberg has become a controversial subject in the topic of 9/11, as he previously said that had he been on the plane at the time, he would have stopped the terrorists. He eventually apologized.
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, 58, missed the fatal plane crashes by just a few minutes. On the morning of 9/11, the royal, nicknamed "Fergie" was finishing up an interview on Good Morning America and heading towards her office on the 101st floor of the North Tower at 1 World Trade Center. On her way there, she hear the horrific news and turned around.
Beloved "Through The Test Of Time" singer Patti Austin, 68, had a ticket to board United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11. In a bittersweet turn, however, her elderly mother had a stroke in San Francisco, causing the star to change her travel plans and rush to her mom's side. As Radar readers know, Flight 93 was hijacked by four Al-Qaeda terrorists on board on 9/11, but was diverted by passengers and crew members after they learned of the other terrorist attacks via phone calls and messages from their loved ones. The terrorists are thought to have been targeting the Capitol Building, but thanks to heroic passengers and crew, the plane did not reach its destination, and instead crashed into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
The Outsiders star Rob Lowe, 54, had just wrapped up filming on an episode of The West Wing. Due to his busy schedule, he was commuting a lot those days and took cross-country flights regularly. Days before 9/11, the actor flew home, like normal. "There was nothing that stood out," Lowe said of the flight. That afternoon, he landed safely and forgot all about the uneventful flight, until about a year later, he received a notice in the mail stating that psychotic 9/11 mastermind, Zacarias Moussaoui, wanted him to be part of the deposition at his trial. Lowe thought someone was playing a practical joke on him, but he contacted his lawyer just to be sure. Soon, the attorney got back to him, telling the actor that he had been on a flight with several of the men who planned the deadly September 11 terrorist attacks. "I flew with the 9/11 hijackers. I was on a dry run on the one that went into the Pentagon, and I knew the crew," he told reporters after the shocking revelation.
Chef Michael Lomonaco's unfortunate eyesight saved his like on September 11, 2001. As Radar has learned, the renowned Manhattan restauranteur and cook, 63, ran late after making an appointment inside 1 World Trade Center's Lens Crafters lobby shop. The chef—who oversees the famous Windows of the World restaurant in the building—was on his way back from the lobby when he heard the rumble of the plane crash and rushed out. "It was a feeling like I've never felt before," he told reporters after barely escaping death. "I couldn't really hear anything, but this rumble was unusual. Later I would realize it was the impact of the first plane."
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