On September 11th, 2001 at 8:46 AM (EDT) our world was forever changed as American Airlines Flight 11 that had been hijacked by five terrorists was flown into the World Trade Center, North Tower. At 9:06 AM United Airlines 175 controlled by another five terrorists struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
In Washington D.C. five more hijackers flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon at 9:37 AM.
A fourth flight, United Airlines Flight 93, under the control of four terrorists, crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh, at 10:03 AM after the passengers fought the hijackers. Flight 93's target is believed to have been either the Capitol or the White House. Flight 93's cockpit voice recorder revealed crew and passengers attempted to seize control of the plane from the hijackers after learning through phone calls that similarly hijacked planes had been crashed into New York and Washington D.C. that morning. Once it became evident to the hijackers that the passengers might regain control of the plane, the hijackers rolled the plane and intentionally crashed it.
Three buildings in the World Trade Center complex eventually collapsed due to structural failure. The South Tower collapsed at 9:59 AM after burning for 56 minutes in a fire caused by the impact of United Airlines Flight 175. The North Tower collapsed at 10:28 AM after burning for 102 minutes. When the North Tower collapsed, debris fell on the nearby Seven World Trade Center building, damaging it and starting additional fires. These fires burned for hours, compromising the building's structural integrity, and Seven World Trade Center collapsed at 5:21PM.
These terrorists attacks resulted in the death of 2,977 victims. The victims included 246 on the four planes (from which there were no survivors), 2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon. Nearly all of the victims were civilians; 55 military personnel were among those killed at the Pentagon.
More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks on the World Trade Center.
The death toll of the victims does not include the nine-teen terrorists.
Articles have been written in which the word “terrorists” had been replaced by “militants” or the event as just another suicide attack. No matter how you remember it, as September 11th or simply 9/11 the important thing is that it is first remembered and of course, remembered accurately.
We at MI Printing would like to take a moment today to honor those who died in 9/11, their families, and the heroes who helped in rescue and relief. Never forget!
MI Printing, LLC