Parnevik Amid New York Attacks


Jesper Parnevik ran for his life Tuesday as two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Centers Twin Towers, about a half a mile from the hotel where he was staying.
Parnevik was meeting with golf clothing designer Johan Lindeberg in the Plaza Hotel when the first aircraft struck.
The first hit we didnt hear because of the thick walls in the hotel, Parnevik told the daily Expression, a Swedish newspaper. But then we heard from reception what had happened.'
Because the Plaza Hotel is a very well known building, we thought they might go for us so we had to get out of there.
Leaving his belongs behind, Parnevik ran from the lobby just as the second plane hit, making the ground shake beneath him.
It was absolutely terrible, he said. We were just running and waiting for the next hit. Of course you are afraid. I was thinking about my family and what might happen next.
Parnevik and others headed toward Central Park and sheltered with crowds for seven hours before returning through the thick smoke to the hotel.
Parneviks wife, Mia, and their children were supposed to accompany him to New York. But they instead decided to stay in Sweden, where they were forced to endure an agonizing wait for news.
Parnevik was scheduled to compete in this weeks WGC-American Express Championship in St. Louis, MO, but the event was cancelled Wednesday.
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