Septembers 11, 2001 Attacks

The September 11th attacks were a series of four coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda upon the United States. On that morning, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked 4 commercial passenger jet aircrafts carrying 266 passengers and crew.

Starting just before 9:00 A.M., the hijackers intentionally crashed two airliners, American Airlines Flight 11, Boston to LA with 92 persons on board and United Airlines flight 176, Boston to LA with 65 persons on board, into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Both towers collapsed within two hours, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others.

The attacks caused the evacuation of the Capitol, the White House, the United Nations Building and the Sears Tower in Chicago among others. The nations air traffic system was also shut down.
Among the 2,753 victims who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center were 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City and the Port Authority, and 8 private emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Citizens from over 70 countries perished in the attack.

American Airlines flight 77, Washington to LA with 64 persons on board was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon Building killing 184 people. A next day report said “The area of the pentagon where the aircraft struck and burned sustained catastrophic damage. Anyone who might have survived the initial impact and collapse could not have survived the fire that followed,” the Defense Department said in a written statement.

United Airlines flight 93, Newark to San Francisco with 45 persons on board was hijacked and redirected toward Washington D.C., targeting either the Capitol Building or the White House. but crashed it in a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to retake control of the airliner. Jeremy Glick using a cell phone told his wife that he and several other people on board had come up with a plan to resist the terrorists who had hijacked the aircraft.

Osama bin Laden initially denied involvement, but in 2004 finally claimed responsibility for the attacks. Bin Laden was found and killed in May, 2011 in Pakistan by U.S. troops.