September 11, 2001 — “Our First Class Galley Flight Attendant and our Pursor has been stabbed.” Just before the crash of American Airlines Flight 11, flight attendant #3 Betty Ong called American Airlines Reservations/Operations to report conditions of a hijacking. [PART 1]
September 11, 2001 — “All the first class passengers have been moved back to coach … This is a confirmed hijacking … he (the hijacker) turned the transponder off … hard time breathing in First Class — may have sprayed something. [PART 2]
September 11, 2001 8:46 AM EDT — American Airlines Flight 11 (Boeing 767) was crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower. Jules Naudet, a French cameraman, and Pavel Hlava, a Czech immigrant, filmed the crash.
September 11, 2001 9:03 AM EDT — Second Boeing 767, United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower.
September 11, 2001 9:37 AM EDT — Explosion at the Pentagon, American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon.
September 11, 2001 9:59 AM EDT — ‘It’s Gone.’ South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.
September 11, 2001 10:06 AM EDT — “United 93, do you hear Cleveland?” United Airlines Flight 93 crash near Shanksville, PA.
NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) estimated that about 17,400 civilians were in the World Trade Center complex at the time of the attacks, while turnstile counts from the Port Authority suggest that 14,154 people were typically in the Twin Towers by 8:45 a.m.
The vast majority of people below the impact zone safely evacuated the buildings, along with 18 people who were in the impact zone in the south tower. 1,366 people died who were at or above the floors of impact in the North Tower. According to the Commission Report, hundreds were killed instantly by the impact, while the rest were trapped and died after the tower collapsed. As many as 600 people were killed instantly or were trapped at or above the floors of impact in the South Tower.
At least 200 people jumped to their deaths from the burning towers, landing on the streets and rooftops of adjacent buildings hundreds of feet below. Some of the occupants of each tower above its point of impact made their way upward toward the roof in hope of helicopter rescue, but the roof access doors were locked. No plan existed for helicopter rescues, and on September 11, the thick smoke and intense heat would have prevented helicopters from conducting rescues from the roof.
A total of 411 emergency workers who responded to the scene died as they attempted to rescue people and fight fires. The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) lost 341 firefighters and 2 FDNY paramedics.
A total of 23 New York City Police Department police officers died.
A total of 37 Port Authority Police Department police officer died.
A total of eight EMT’s and paramedics from private EMS companies were killed.
A total of 92 (including 5 terrorist hijackers) on board AA Flight 11 killed on impact WTC.
A total of 65 (including 5 terrorist hijackers) on board UAL Flight 175 killed on impact WTC.
A total of 64 (including 5 terrorist hijackers) on board AA Flight 77 killed on impact Pentagon.
A total of 125 people killed in the Pentagon upon impact of AA Flight 77.
A total of 44 (including 5 hijackers) on board Flight UAL 93 killed in crash near Shanksville, Pennsylvania
19* Al-Qaeda terrorists died as they hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners.
(*checking discrepancy of total from each plane figure)
In total 2,993 people, including the hijackers, died in the attacks.
FEATURED ARTICLE 9-11-2009