September 11 2001 Facts

September 11 2001 Facts
On September 11th, 2001, four terrorist attacks were carried out on American soil. Two hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center's north and south towers in New York City; one hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and another hijacked plane crashed before reaching its target of Washington, D.C. There were approximately 3000 deaths and 6,000 non-fatal injuries as a result of the attacks. The attacks were blamed on an extremist Islamic group called al-Qaeda, led at the time by Osama bin Laden, despite the fact that they did not claim responsibility and denied involvement in the beginning. In 2004 he claimed responsibility.
Interesting September 11 2001 Facts:
The World Trade Center north and south towers are often referred to as the Twin Towers because they looked alike.
Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center north tower at 8:46am on Sept. 11th, 2001. This was the first attack that day.
At 9:03am Flight 173 crashed into the World Trade Center south tower.
At 9:59am the World Trade Center south tower collapsed, almost straight down as if it had been imploded.
At 10:28am the World Trade Center north tower collapsed, similar to the way the first tower had dropped.
The north tower stood took 102 minutes after impact to collapse.
The south tower took 56 minutes after impact to collapse.
Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia at 9:37am.
Flight 93 crashed to the ground at 10:03am near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It's destination was believed to be Washington, D.C. but the passengers attempted to stop the hijackers, and the plane hit the ground killing everyone on board.
The exact target of Flight 93 is not known but speculation suggested the White House, Camp David, the U.S. Capitol or even nuclear power plants.
When the World Trade Center towers were hit George Bush, the U.S. President at the time, was reading to a group of kindergarten children in a classroom. He was not immediately rushed out of the classroom.
More than 400 firefighters and police officers lost their lives trying to save the lives of those who had been injured in the attacks. 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 NY City police officers, 37 Port Authority police officers, and 8 EMTs all died that day in New York City.
125 people died at the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001 including 55 military personnel.
September 11th, 2001 is also often referred to as 9-11. The attacks are often referred to as the 9-11 attacks.
Media coverage of the attack on the first tower was in place when the second tower was hit. Millions watched the attack on the second tower on their TVs.
After the attacks people came from all over the world to help.
The debris from the Twin Towers was removed and a memorial was put in its place.
Following the 9-11 attacks hate crimes against Muslims and South Asians were numerous, despite the fact that Muslim organizations in the U.S. condemned the attacks.
Due to the toxic debris from the collapse of the Twin Towers many of the people at ground zero have suffered from debilitating illnesses and have even died.
Every year on Sept. 11th the names of the victims are read aloud in New York City.

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