On the 9th month of the 11th day of the 1st year in the 2000’s, tragedy struck in the worst way possible. Today, we remember one of the worst moments in American history, a day that should never be forgotten.
PAX: 81 (including 5 hijackers)
Site: World trade Center
It was a normal Tuesday, and everything seemed normal. AA11 or American Airlines 11, was a regular 767-200er, and was boarding from Boston International Airport at 5:41 eastern daylight time. Everything was going normal, takeoff was smooth, and the plane was undisturbed, until approximately 8:14 when the pilots stoped responding to requests from the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center. Crash
At 08:46:30, Mohamed Atta intentionally crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the northern façade of the North Tower (Tower 1) of the World Trade Center. The aircraft, traveling at about 404 knots (465 mph; 748 km/h) and carrying about 10,000 U.S. gallons (38,000 L) of jet fuel, hit between floors 93 and 99 of the North Tower
PAX: 56 (including 5 hijackers)
Callsign: UNITED 175
Sited: World Trade Center, New York.
United 175 was a scheduled B767-200 flight from Boston Logan Airport to LAX in California, but on this particular day, that didn’t happen. UA175 took off from Boston Logan Airport at 6:20 the flight had begun boarding for what most passengers and crew believed to be LAX. With delays at KBOS, the flight finally took off from Boston Logans airport at 8:14 from runway 19. It is estimated that Flight 175 was hijacked between 08:42 and 08:46, while Flight 11 was just minutes away from hitting the North Tower. At exactly 9:02:59, Flight 175 crashed nose-first into the southern façade of the South Tower of the World Trade Center, at a speed of approximately 590 mph (950 km/h, 264 m/s, or 513 knots) and striking between floors 77 and 85 with approximately 10,000 U.S. gallons (38,000 L; 8,300 imp gal) of jet fuel on board.
PAX: 58 (including 5 hijackers)
Site: The pentagon
The B757-200, parched at Washington Dulles was ready for boarding. On the morning of September 11, 2001, the five hijackers arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport. At 07:15, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Majed Moqed checked in at the American Airlines ticket counter for Flight 77. Flight 77 left the gate on time and took off from Runway 30 at Dulles at 08:20. Between 8:51 and 8:54, is when the hijackers took over AA77, shortly after AA11 had crashed. Flight 77 was 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of the Pentagon, it made a 330-degree spiral turn clockwise. At the end of the turn, it was descending through 2,200 feet, pointed toward the Pentagon and downtown Washington. Hani Hanjour advanced the throttles to maximum power and dove toward the Pentagon. While level above the ground and seconds from impact, the wings clipped five street lampposts and the right wing struck a portable generator, creating a smoke trail seconds before smashing into the Pentagon. Flight 77, flying at 530 mph (853 km/h, 237 m/s, or 460 knots).
Crash location: Somerset County, Pennsylvania
PAX: 37 (Including 4 hijackers)
The United Airlines B757-200, was a flight like no other 9/11 hijacked flights. The passengers on this flight were able to regain control from the hijackers, but unfortunately still ended up in crashing. The aircraft was scheduled to depart at 08:00 and pushed back from gate A17 at 08:01. It remained delayed on the ground until 08:42 because of heavy airport congestion. The three other hijacked flights all departed within fifteen minutes of their scheduled times. By the time Flight 93 became airborne. The hijacking on Flight 93 began at 09:28. By this time, Flights 11 and 175 had already crashed into the World Trade Center and Flight 77 was within nine minutes of striking the Pentagon. It is still unknown why the hijackers on Flight 93 waited 46 minutes to begin their assault. The evidence is that they attacked the pilots by at least 9:28:05, because the flight plummeted dramatically at that point-a drastic 680 feet in 30 seconds. The passenger revolt on Flight 93 began at 09:57, after the passengers voted on whether to act. By this time, Flight 77 had struck the Pentagon and Flights 11 and 175 had struck the World Trade Center towers. As the revolt began and the hijackers started maneuvering the plane violently, the plane left its Washington, D.C. course. At 10:03:11, near Indian Lake and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the plane crashed into a field near a reclaimed coal strip mine known as the Diamond T. Mine owned by PBS Coals in Stonycreek Township in Somerset County.The National Transportation Safety Board reported that the flight impacted at 563 mph (906 km/h, 252 m/s, or 489 knots) at a 40-degree nose-down, inverted attitude.The impact left a crater eight to ten feet deep (c. 3 m), and 30 to 50 feet wide (c. 12 m). All 44 people on board died.
Today is a day to never forget. A day to remember those who have died on one of the worst American attacks in history. May those first responders who died saving those who were trapped be remembered, the innocent lives lost on these chosen flights Rest In Peace, and may those innocent lives lost in the Twin towers, Pentagon, and on the ground, Rest In Peace.
Air Crash investigation documentary:
and the 9/11 documentaries on YouTube.