The Tragedy of September 11, 2001

The twin towers during 9/11
The twin towers during 9/11

September 11, 2001, a day that will live on in history forever. Many said the day was like any other, a beautiful blue sky covered New York, people went to work like normal, then at 8:46 am everything changed. The first plane, Flight 11, crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 am. The plane crashed between floors 93 and 99, killing all 92 people aboard the plane. Some thought it was an accident, but they would now within the next hour that it was no accident. Media outlets were able to cover the event quickly because they were covering a nearby event. As a result, millions of people watched the second plane hit the south tower.

Between 8:50 and 8:54 flight 77 was hijacked by five hijackers about southern Ohio. Shortly after the second plane, Flight 175, followed suit and hit the south tower of the World Trade Center at 9:03 am. The plane crashed between floors 77 and 85, killing all 65 people on board.

At 9;28, Flight 93 was hijacked by four hijackers above northern Ohio. Nine minutes later, Flight 77 crashed into the western side of the Pentagon, killing 64 people on board. At 9:45 United States airspace was shut down and all operating air crafts were ordered to land at the nearest airport.

All 110 floors of the South tower of the World Trade Center collapsed only 56 minutes after the impact of Flight 175, at 9:59. After the collapse, no one left in the tower survived.

Flight 93 was likely headed towards the U.S. Capitol, but crashed in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, because the passengers learned about the World Trade Center and Pentagon crashes and fought back. All 44 passengers on board the plane were killed in the crash.

At 10:28 all 110 floors of the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed, 1 hour and 42 after the impact of Flight 11. After the collapse there were only 20 people that survived, one of which was rescued 27 hours later. At 10:50, five stories of the Pentagon collapsed due to the fire.

That day, approximately 2,997 people died. In the North Tower there were approximately 1,600 deaths. In the South Tower there were approximately 1,000 deaths. Among the others, there were 265 people in the airplanes, 125 people in the Pentagon, 343 NYC firefighters, and 71 law enforcement officers that passed.

The Islamic extremist group, Al-Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden, claimed credit for the attack. These attacks were the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil in U.S. history.

Since the events of September 11, 2001, over 1,500 more residents and rescue workers exposed to the toxins that day have died due to illnesses related to 9/11.

Many people that lived through this event are no longer with us, but because they are no longer here we need to know the history and make sure that it is spread and known so the people that lost their lives that day will be remembered.


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