World Trade Center and 9/11

By: Amber Wiggins

Twin Towers

The Twin Towers were the centerpieces of the World Trade Center complex.

They are both 110 stories and accommodate 50,000 workers.

They had 2000,000 visitors each day.   


8:14 am - United Airlines Flight 175 with 65 people on board takes off from Boston.

8:19 am - Flight attendants aboard Flight 11 alert ground personnel that the plane has been hijacked.

8:24 am - Hijacker Mohammed Atta makes the first of two accidental transmission from Flight 11 to ground control.

8:40 am - The FAA alerts NORAD's NEADS about the suspected hijacking of Flight 11.

8:41 am - United Airlines Flight 93, with 44 people aboard, takes off to San Francisco.

8:46 am - Mohammed Atta and the other hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 11 crash the plane into floor 93-99, killing everyone on board and hundreds inside the building.

8:47 am - Within seconds, NYPD and FDNY forces dispatch units to the World Trade Center.

9:02 am - After initially instructing tenants of the WTC's South Tower to remain in the building, Port Authority officials broadcast orders to evacuate both towers via the public address system; an estimated 10,000 to 14,000 people are already in the process of evacuating

9:03 am - Hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 75-85 of the WTC's South Tower, killing everyone on board and hundreds inside the building

9:08 am - The FAA bans all takeoffs of flights going to New York City or through the airspace around the city

9:21 am - The Port Authority closes all bridges and tunnels in the New York City area

9:24 am - The FAA notified NEADS of the suspected hijacking of Flight 77 after some passengers and crew aboard are able to alert family members on the ground

9:31 am - President Bush calls the events in New York City an "apparent terrorist attack on our country."

9:37 am - Hijackers aboard Flight 77 crash the plane into the western facade of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C, killing 59 aboard the plane and 125 military and civilian personelle inside the building

9:42 am - The FAA grounds all flights over or bound for the continental United States. 3,300 commercial flights and 1,200 private planes are guided to airports in Canada and the United States.

9:59 am - The South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses

10:07 am - After passengers and crew members aboard the hijacked Flight 93 contact friends and family and learn about the attacks in New York and Washington, they try to retake the plane. In response, hijackers deliberately crash the plane into a field.

10:28 am - The World Trade Center's North Tower collapses, 102 minutes after being struck by Flight 11.