What Happened On 9/11
September 11 2001, the date of the deadliest attacks on US soil since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in World War II. Nearly 3000 people died in the 9/11 attacks.
The morning of September 11 2001, started off like any other. The Twin Towers stood tall in the Financial District, as they had for more than 30 years.
At 8:46 a.m., American Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. At first, newscasters weren’t sure whether it was an accident or a deliberate attack.
At 9:03 a.m., United Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower, leaving no doubt that this was an attack. Some news channels captured the moment on live television.
The second plane exploded upon impact, caused by the ignition of its fuel. Now both buildings were burning.
At 9:40 a.m., American Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. Five minutes later, for the first time in history, the FAA ordered all aircraft to land at the nearest airport.
At 9:59 a.m. the South Tower collapsed.
At 10:03 a.m., hijacked flight United Flight 93 crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The plane’s target was believed to be the US Capitol. The passengers on board tried to gain control of the flight and divert the hijackers after learning of the other attacks.
At 10:28 a.m. the North Tower collapsed. It took only 12 seconds for the Towers to fall.
Rescue efforts at Ground Zero continued until October 9, and the flames from the collapse burned until December 20.
After the terrorist attacks, President Bush declared a “War on Terror,” targeting the Al Qaeda terrorists responsible for the attack. Al Qaeda’s leader, Osama Bin Laden, was killed 10 years later. The national response included a large expansion of America’s security efforts.