Simplified Timeline of 911 Terrorist Attacks
Below is the timeline for 9/11 terrorist attacks from 5.45a.m to 8.30p.m. On top of that, 9/11 of 2001 was a darkest and shocking day that can never be forgotten not only by the American but the whole world. Nearly 3000 of people are sacrificed under the series of terrorist attacks and suicide bombing. Nevertheless, the post-war effect is even more terrifying; Billion US dollars have been spent on the war against Al-Qaeda causing countless casualties and not to mention the adverse effect to the global economy which took few years to recover.
0545: Hijack ringleader Mohammed Atta and Abdulaziz al-Omari pass through security at Poland International Jetport, Maine, where they board shuttle flight to Boston’s Logan International Airport to connect to America Airlines Flight 11.
Atta (blue shirt) and Omari were passing through security at Poland International Jetport on the morning of 9/11
0645-0740: Atta, Omari and three other hijackers board flight 11.
0759: Flight 11 takes off.
0814: United Airlines flight 175 departs from Logan Airport, with five hijackers on board.
0819: Flight attendants alert ground personnel to hijacking of Flight 11. FBI jumpstarts investigation that will become largest in agency’s history.
0820: American Airlines Flight 77 departs from Washington Dulles International Airport and five hijackers on board.
Similar aircraft B-757 used for Flight 77
0824: Attempting to communicate with Flight 11’s cabin, Atta mistakenly contacts air traffic control- “We have some planes, just stay quiet, and you’ll be ok.”
0837: After hearing Atta transmission, air traffic control contacts military to report hijacking. Two F-15 fighter jets ordered to scramble from Otis Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts.
0842: United Airlines Flight 93 departs Newark International Airport, New Jersey, after 40 minutes due to congested runway. Four hijackers on board.
0846: Flight 11 crashes into North Tower of World Trade Center and killing all 92 people on board along with hundreds more in impact zone.
Flight 11 crashes into North Tower of WTC
0850: President Bush, visiting a primary school in Florida is alerted that a ‘small plane’ has hit the WTC.
0902: Evacuation of South Tower of World Trade Center ordered.
0903: Flight 175 crashes into South Tower and all 65 on board killed instantly along with unknown number of people in building.
Flight 175 crashes into South Tower
0905: Bush reading to children when Chief of Staff Andrew Card whispers- “ A second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack.
0925: Otis fighters establish combat air patrol over Manhattan.
0930: Bush appears on TV, saying US has suffered “ an apparent terrorist attack”. He is then rushed to airport.
0932: Flight 93 hijackers accidentally transmit message intended for passenger- “ Ladies and Gentlemen: Here the Captain, please sit down, keep remaining sitting. We have a bomb on board. So, sit.”
0936: Military alerted to unidentified aircraft few miles from White House. Fighter jets scrambled form Langley Air Force Base ordered to fly to Washington.
0936: Vice President Cheney evacuated from his White House office to Cold War- era bunker beneath building.
0937: Flight 77 crashes into Pentagon,, killing all 64 aboard plus 125 civilian and military personnel.
Flight 77 crashes into Pentagon
0942: National Ground Stop and Federal Aviation Authority prohibit all flight within America.
0945: White House and US capitol evacuated.
0954: Air Force One departs from Florida with no fixed destination as Cheney and security services deem it too dangerous for Bush to return to Washington.
Air Force One
0957: Having learned of attacks via calls to loved ones, passengers aboard Flight 93 begin assault to retake the plane.
0959: South Tower collapses 56 minutes after impact, killing around 600 rescue workers in building and surrounding area.
1003: Hijackers deliberately crash Flight 93 in field near Shanksville, Pennysylvania, to prevent passengers from storming cockpit. Intended target believed to be Capitol or White House.
1015: Damaged section of Pentagon’s outermost offices collapse.
1028: North Tower collapses after burning for 102 minutes, killing around 1400 people in and around building. Marriot Hotel, at base of twin towers, also destroyed.
1102: New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani calls for evacuation of over one million people from lower Manhattan.
1145: Bush orders Air Force One to land at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, where he makes first major TV response- “ The resolve of our great nation is being tested.
1250: President arrives at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, home of US Strategic Command bunker, to convene National Security Council teleconference.
1448: Giuliani says death toll will be “ more than any of us can bear”
1720: 7 World Trade Center, 47 storey building adjacent to ruined towers collapses.
1854: Bush returns to White House.
2030: President addresses nation, pledging to bring those responsible to justice- “ We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”
Final death toll is 2976 excluding 19 hijackers.