9/11 Attacks: Quick Facts & Info
It has been 18 years since the world has witnessed most deadliest terror attacks. It shook every human soul. It was the time the bad guys won by brutality and horror. It was a never seen or experienced scenerio for common people, officials, investigators and as well as all the world governments.
The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. Additional people died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks.
September 11, 2001 Timeline:
8:46 A.M. EST – American Airlines Flight 11 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
9:03 A.M. EST – United Airlines Flight 175 traveling from Boston to Los Angeles strikes the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
9:37 A.M. EST – American Airlines Flight 77, traveling from Dulles, Virginia, to Los Angeles strikes the Pentagon Building in Washington.
9:59 A.M. EST – South tower of WTC collapses in approximately 10 seconds.
10:03 A.M. EST – United Airlines Flight 93, traveling from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco crashes in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
10:28 A.M. EST – North tower of WTC collapses. The time between the first attack and the collapse of both World Trade Center towers is 102 minutes.
A total of 19 men hijacked four US commercial airplanes bound for west coast destinations. A total of 2,996 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The attack was orchestrated by al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
At the World Trade Center (WTC) site in Lower Manhattan, 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were intentionally crashed into the north and south towers, or as a result of the crashes.
Of those who perished during the initial attacks and the subsequent collapses of the towers, 343 were New York City firefighters, 23 were New York City police officers and 37 were officers at the Port Authority.
At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field. It is believed that the hijackers crashed the plane in that location, rather than their unknown target, after the passengers and crew attempted to retake control of the flight deck.
The victims ranged in age from two to 85 years. Approximately 75-80% of the victims were men.