The Twin Towers were an iconic sight on the New York skyline – the tall, imposing structures dominating the view from across the water. But 18 years ago, tragedy stuck – killing thousands of people in a harrowing terror attack that wrought devastation across the world. So what happened on that fateful day, when 19 men hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial flights bound for west coast destinations?
What year was 9/11?
September 11, 2001 started as an ordinary day – but ended as one of the world’s biggest tragedies.
The time between the first attack and the collapse of both World Trade Center towers was 102 minutes.
The shocking terrorist attack took place 18 years ago today.
September 11 timeline
– 8:46 am ET – American Airlines Flight 11 strikes the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City
– 9:03 am ET – United Airlines Flight 175 hits the south tower
– 9:37 aam ET – American Airlines Flight 77 strikes the Pentagon Building in Washington
– 9:59 am ET – South tower collapses in approximately 10 seconds.
– 10:03 am ET – United Airlines Flight 93 crashes in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
– 10:28 am ET – North tower collapses
How many people died in horror Twin Towers attack?
A total of 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the north and south towers.
Of those killed, 343 were New York City firefighters, 23 were New York City police officers and 37 were officers at the Port Authority.
But the Twin Towers weren’t the only tragedy that day.
A total of 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon in Washington.
And 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
But not all the victims have been identified. As of July 2019, only 1,644 (60 percent) of 2,753 WTC victims’ remains have been positively identified.