As terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, closed American air space, 38 passenger planes heading west over the Atlantic with more than 6,500 passengers and crew were diverted to Gander.
Almost 10 years after those stranded people arrived in the international lounge, bone weary and shaken, many are planning to return. Some of them say it was the best detour of their lives, a safe harbour of welcome and warmth amid chaos and shock.

Jim DeFede joined CBS4 News in January 2006 and serves as an investigative reporter for the station, as well as host of its Sunday morning public affairs program “Facing South Florida.”
Between 2002 and 2005, DeFede was a metro columnist for The Miami Herald.
His first book, “The Day The World Came To Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland,” was published in 2002 by HarperCollins and was recognized with a 2003 Christopher Award for its ability to “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”
DeFede has won five regional Emmy Awards for his work on CBS4 News.

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/miami/personality/jim-defede/

Source: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2011/09/10/gander-newfoundland-september-11-2001/

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