The deadliest terrorist attack in human history was 18 years ago, today. Many remember it as it was yesterday, many of us weren’t even born yet. September 11, 2001, millions watched the television in horror as hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The attacks not only became the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history, but the deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers. Today is a day of mourning, a day of chills continually running down your spine, a day of remembrance, where we honor the brave and the fallen.
7:59 a.m., American Airlines flight 11 departs from Boston’s International Airport, headed for Los Angeles. There are 11 crew members, 81 passengers, and 5 hijackers. 8:14 a.m., United Airlines flight 175 departs from Boston, also headed for Los Angeles. There are 9 crew members, 56 passengers, and 5 hijackers. 8:20 a.m., American Airlines flight 77 departs from Dulles International Airport right outside Washington D.C., also headed for Los Angeles. Aboard are 6 crew members, 58 passengers, and 5 hijackers. 8:46 a.m., Flight 11 has hit the North Tower between the 93th and 99th floor. The crash kills hundreds, instantly. 8:55 a.m., President George W. Bush, who is in Florida visiting an elementary school, is told that a plane has struck the World Trade Center. 9:03 a.m., Flight 175 has hit the South Tower between the 77th and 85th floors. 9:24 a.m., Flight 93 is alerted by a dispatcher that two planes have flown in the World Trade Center. 9:37 a.m., Flight 77 strikes the Pentagon in Virginia, killing 125 people. 9:42 a.m., The Federal Aviation Administration orders all 4,546 civilian aircraft in the U.S. to land. 9:59 a.m., The South Tower collapses. 10:03 a.m., Flight 93 crashes in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 10:28 a.m., The North Tower collapses. In total, more than 2,700 people die at the World Trade Center complex.
The September 11 attacks on America by al-Qaeda killed 2,977 people — 2,507 civilians, 343 firefighters, 72 law enforcement officers, and 55 military personnel. President Trump on Wednesday remembered the thousands of people killed 18 years ago on Sept. 11 and warned that any other terrorist who comes to the United States would be met with a force “the likes of which the United States has never used before.”