On September 11, 2001, 8:45 am American Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact left a huge flaming hole near the 80th floor, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping others on higher floors. Moments after people were racing to the towers to help those escape from the towers. News and all other broadcasting channels were talking and recording what was going on. Then, about 18 minutes after the first plane hit, a second Boeing 767 United Airlines appeared out of the sky and turned sharply toward the building and sliced into the South Tower on the 60th floor. As millions of Americans watched what was going on in New York City, over tv news broadcasts. Later on that Tuesday American Airlines flight 77 circled over Washington D.C., then crashing into the west side of The Pentagon.
An estimated 125 military personnel and civilians were killed plus the 64 people on the airliner. Less than 15 minutes after in lower Manhatten took a catastrophic turn when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in a massive cloud of dust and smoke. At 10:30 a.m., the north building of the twin towers collapsed. Almost 10,000 others were treated for injuries. Meanwhile, a fourth California-bound plane Flight 93 was hijacked about 40 minutes after leaving Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. The plane had been delayed in taking off. Passengers on board learned of events in New York and Washington via cell phone and Airfone calls to the ground. The passengers fought the four hijackers. The plane then flipped over and sped toward the ground crashing in a rural field near Shanksville in western Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m. All 44 people aboard were killed. Its intended target is not known, but theories include the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland. A total of 2,996 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks, including the 19 terrorist hijackers aboard the four airplanes.
At the World Trade Center In New York City, 2,763 died after the two planes slammed into the twin towers. That includes 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the office workers trapped on higher floors. At the Pentagon, 189 people were killed, including 64 on American Airlines Flight 77, the airliner that struck the building. On Flight 93, 44 people died when the plane crash-landed in Pennsylvania. Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks, remained at large until May 2, 2011, when he was finally tracked down and killed by U.S. forces at a hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
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