In the 20 years since 9/11, what happened on the day of the deadliest terrorist attack in human history has been examined from every possible angle, thousands of analyzes have been written about the roots of evil and its impact on a global level.
Within three hours the most imposing building in New York had been reduced to rubble and the Pentagon was engulfed in flames. Nearly 3,000 people had been killed and thousands more had been seriously injured. The US and the whole world was in a state of shock.
How was it possible for a quadruple, coordinated terrorist attack of this magnitude to take place on the soil of the most powerful power on the planet? In the days that followed we learned all about Al Qaeda, Islamic terrorism and saw almost everything change.
In the 20 years since the events of September 11 (9/11 in American writing) what happened on the day of the bloodiest terrorist attack in human history has been examined from every possible angle, thousands of analyzes have been written about the roots of evil and the its impact on a global level.
Let’s recall how the events unfolded:
That morning, four airliners traveling from the northeastern United States to California were hijacked in flight by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. The hijackers were organized into three groups of five hijackers and one group of four. Each team had a trained hijacker who took control of the aircraft. Their express objective was to shoot down every plane on a prominent American building, causing massive casualties and partial or total destruction of the target buildings.
7:59 – American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 with 81 passengers and 11 crew members, takes off from Logan International Airport in Boston bound for Los Angeles International Airport.
8:14 – United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767 with 56 passengers and 9 crew members, departs Logan International Airport for Los Angeles International Airport.
8:14 – 5 hijackers take control of Flight 11 over Massachusetts.
8:20 AM – American Airlines Flight 77 with 58 passengers and 6 crew members departs Washington Dulles International Airport for Los Angeles Airport.
8:42 – United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 with 37 passengers and 7 crew members, takes off from Newark International Airport for San Francisco International Airport.
8:42 – 8:46 – Flight 175 is controlled by terrorists over northwestern New Jersey.
8:46 – Flight 11’s Boeing 767 crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center between the 93rd and 99th floors. All 92 passengers are killed.
8:50–8:54 – Flight 77 passes into terrorist control over southern Ohio.
9:03 – The South Tower is attacked by the aircraft of Flight 175. The Boeing will crash between the 77th and 85th floors. All 65 on board are killed.
9:28 – Flight 93 passes into terrorist control over northern Ohio.
9:37 – Flight 77 will crash into the west wing of the Pentagon. All 64 on board are killed.
9:45 – US airspace is ordered to be closed and all aircraft flying at that time are directed to land at the nearest airport.
9:59 – The South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses, 56 minutes after the Al Qaeda terrorist attack.
10:03 – Flight 93 will crash into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Information that later came to light indicates that the passengers had learned about the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and tried to resist the hijackers. All 44 on board were killed.
10:28 – The North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses, 1 hour and 42 minutes after the attack. The Marriott Hotel at the base of the two towers is also destroyed.
10:50 Five floors of the west side of the Pentagon collapse from the fire.
Two and a half hours after the first flight left Boston the iconic Twin Towers have been reduced to rubble. Rescuers and volunteers are fighting to find survivors. Life in America and in the West more broadly enters another trajectory.
Although the communication networks of that time may seem “slow” by today’s standards, just two minutes after the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center, the first television images were broadcast and the news went around the world.
Less than 10 minutes after the first attack, the American president, George Bush, who was at an event in a Florida elementary school, learns what has happened. With dozens of cameras pointed at the Twin Towers, millions of people around the world will watch the second plane crash live, 17 minutes after the first.
A new 94-story building now dominates the site of the Twin Towers. But the wounds are still not closed.
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