On September 11, 2001, nineteen men hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial airplanes bound for west coast destinations. Nearly 3000 people were killed in New York City, Washington DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The attack was orchestrated by Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. On December 13, 2001, the US government released a tape in which Osama bin Laden took responsibility for the attacks.
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9/11 was not the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. A bombing in February of 1993 killed six people. At the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airplane Flight 11 and United Airplane Flight 175 were intentionally crashed into the north and south towers.
– 8:46 a.m. ET – American Airlines Flight 11 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
– 9:03 a.m. ET – United Airlines Flight 175 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
– 9:37 a.m. ET – American Airlines Flight 77 (traveling from Dulles, Virginia, to Los Angeles) strikes the Pentagon Building in Washington.
– 9:59 a.m. ET – South tower of WTC collapses in approximately 10 seconds.
– 10:03 a.m. ET – United Airlines Flight 93 (traveling from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco) crashes in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
– 10:28 a.m. ET – North tower of WTC collapses. The time between the first attack and the collapse of both World Trade Center towers is 102 minutes.
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After the attack, the rescue and recovery clean-up of the 1.8 million tons of wreckage from the World Trade Center site took 9 months. This attack resulted in the LARGEST LOSS OF LIFE by a foreign attack on American soil.
“Their memories stay alive” is a ceremony that honors the victims of 9/11 terrorist attack. Many families of nearly 3000 people killed in the terrorist attack of Sep 11, 2001, gather at the World Trade Center site, to remember those they lost.
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On this, 15th anniversary of the attack, houses of worship across New York City will toll their bells at 8:46 am ET as institutions observe a moment of silence to mark the instant when the first plane struck the World Trade Center’s North tower.
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