The September 11 Terrorist Attacks

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On September 11, 2001 an Islamic terrorist organization named al-Qaeda committed a devastating and scaring act of terrorism towards the United States. There was four different attacks that occurred which were carried out by four passenger airliners that were hijacked. Two of the attacks took place in New York City (World Trade Center’s North and South Towers), one was at the Pentagon in Arlington Country (Virginia), and the other occurred in a field in Shanksville (Pennsylvania), which was thought to have been intended for the Capitol or White House. These attacks were carried about a group name al-Qaeda which was led by Osama bin Laden, who was latter killed after being captured by the United States. Osama bin Laden’s motivation for…show more content…
At 8:19 Flight 11’s crew contacted ground personnel to the hijacking of Flight 11 and stayed on the line even after being hijacked by the al-Qaeda members. At 8:20 American Airlines Flight 77 took off en route to Los Angeles after short delay. At 8:24 Mohammed Atta, one of the hijackers of American Airlines Flight 11 accidently contacted air traffic control and ground control. At 8:37 air traffic control contacted the military once they find out the plane had been hijacked. The Northeast Air Defense Sector then alerted Air National Guard jets who are ordered to locate and tail the hijacked plane. At 8:42 United Airlines Flight 93 departs Newark International Airport after a long delay. Then on a clear day in New York City Flight 11 crashed into floors 93-99 of the World Trade Center’s North Tower. A few minutes later Emergency Services were mobilized and everyone in the city was shocked or confused. People did not necessarily know that it was a terrorist attack yet, but they were panicking. At 8:50 the White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card told U.S. President George W. Bush that a plane has hit the World Trade Center while he was visiting an elementary school in Florida. People in the North Tower were instructed to stay put while help was on its way. At 9:02 the South Tower was ordered to evacuate but at 9:03 Flight 175 crashed into its 77-85 floors. At 9:05 the president was alerted about the
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