Ex-Boston airport exec bears invisible 9/11 scars

Virginia Buckingham has struggled to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder for nearly 20 years, a result of seeing the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their aftermath from the front seat.

Buckingham was CEO of the public agency that operates Boston’s Logan International Airport on 9/11.

She says she had no warning that terrorists would hijack two jetliners and crash them into the World Trade Center that morning.

Buckingham says the attacks shattered her and she has lived with pain and trauma from that day ever since.

Compounding her woes, a family of a 9/11 victim sued her, making her one of only two people to face a personal lawsuit over the terrorist attacks.

Buckingham says she was devastated by the lawsuit that sought to blame her for the death of thousands of people.

She was eventually cleared of those allegations, but the pain still remains.

Buckingham recently visited Logan Airport’s large glass cube memorial that pays tribute to those lost aboard the two jetliners that hit World Trade Center towers.

She chatted with crews cleaning the memorial ahead of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The memorial, near Terminal A, is etched with the names of the passengers and crew who perished aboard American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175.

Few visit the memorial whose two entrances frame glass plinths with the hour the two flights pulled from their respective gates at the airport, and names of those aboard the doomed jetliners.

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