Guys, have you remember the series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on 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 property and infrastructure damage.
Those aboard the four hijacked flights — American 11, United 175, American 77 and United 93 — called family and friends from their cellphones or used the air crafts’ radio communications to report the hijackings. That alerted authorities to the hijackings and enabled them to understand why they could not track the planes after their navigation systems were turned off.
American 77, which departed Washington’s Dulles airport, was hijacked near Indianapolis and then turned back toward Washington. Its destination: the Pentagon. Passenger Barbara Olson, the wife of Solicitor General Ted Olson, called her husband to report “that the flight had been hijacked, and the hijackers had knives and box cutters.” American 77 crashed into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m., killing all 64 people on board, including the five hijackers. Information gathered from the calls from flight attendants and passengers enabled investigators to piece together the events on board each plane and how the hijackings occurred.
This is the time line of the drastic day that took the many lives in the New York city:
8:46 a.m. – Time AA Flight 11 struck North Tower
9:03 a.m. – Time UA Flight 175 struck South Tower
9:37 a.m. – Time AA Flight 77 struck the Pentagon
10:03 a.m. – Time UA Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania
10:28 a.m. – Time of fall of the North Tower