What Happened on September 11, 2001
On September 11, 2001, four passenger airliners
were hijacked by nineteen al-Qaeda terrorists to attack
upon the United States in New York City and the
Washington D.C. metropolitan area.
What Happened September 11, 2001
Two of the four planes were flown into the
World Trade Center. The third flew into the
Pentagon, and the other crash-landed in
Pennsylvania, short of its alleged target, the Capitol.
Who Did This?
Osama Bin Laden was the founder of alQuaeda, the organization that claimed responsibility
for the September 11 attacks. On May 2, 2011, Bin
Laden was shot and killed by the United
States Navy Seals.
The World Trade Center
Close to 3,000 people died in the World Trade Center,
including a staggering 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23
New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police
officers who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the
buildings and save the office workers trapped on higher
floors. Only six people in the World Trade Center towers at
the time of their collapse survived. Almost 10,000 others were
treated for injuries, many severe.
All 58 passengers, four flight attendants, and both
pilots on 184 human beings were killed in the attack on the
board, as well as 125 occupants of the
Pentagon. died. Although the blast from the Although
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killedsome people working inside the Pentagon that morning
some people in their offices near the crash site,
some people working inside the Pentagon that
did not know that a plane had hit their building.
morning did not know that a plane had hit their
building. Military and civilian personnel running up
and down the corridors yelling for people to get out
helped to save a lot of lives.
United Flight 93
Because the plane had been delayed in taking
off, passengers on board learned of events in New
York and Washington. Knowing that the aircraft
was not returning to an airport as the hijackers
claimed, a group of passengers and flight attendants
planned an insurrection. One of the passengers,
Thomas Burnett Jr., told his wife over the phone
that "I know we're all going to die. There's three of
us who are going to do something about it. I love
you, honey." Another passenger–Todd Beamer–was
heard saying "Are you guys ready? Let's roll" over
an open line.
•Number killed in attacks in New York: 2,753
•Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343
•Number of NYPD officers: 23
•Ratio of men to women who died: 3:1
•Age of the greatest number who died: between 35 and 39
•Bodies found "intact": 291
•Remains found: 21,744
•Number of families who got no remains: 1,717
•Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks:
•Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051
•Percentage of Americans who knew someone hurt or killed in
the attacks: 20
•Number of firefighters on leave for respiratory problems by
January 2002: 300
•Tons of debris removed from site: 1,506,124
•Days fires continued to burn after the attack: 99
• Estimated cost of cleanup: $600 million
•Percentage increase in CIA applications from 2001 to 2002: 50
•Number of songs Clear Channel Radio considered
"inappropriate" to play after 9/11: 150
•Number of mentions of 9/11 at the 2002 Oscars: 26
•Number of Americans who changed their 2001 holiday-travel
plans from plane to train or car: 1.4 million
•Estimated number of New Yorkers suffering from posttraumatic-stress disorder as a result of 9/11: 422,000
“Remember the hours after September
11th when we came together as one to
answer the attack against our
homeland. We drew strength when our
firefighters ran upstairs and risked their
lives so that others might live; when
rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at
the Pentagon; when the men and women
of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save
our nation’s Capitol; when flags were
hanging from front porches all across
America, and strangers became friends.
It was the worst day we have ever seen,
but it brought out the best in all of us."
–Sen. John Kerry
The attacks of September 11th were intended to
break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger
and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the
principles of political, economic, and religious
freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life.
We are more determined than ever to live our lives
-Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York City
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