9/11, The Day that Pulled America Closer Together

09/11/2001 was a day in American history that any American will always remember whether alive or not at the time that the tragic events occurred. Here is some more information on the Event that befolded before our very own eyes.

The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,997 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.

Four passenger airliners operated by two major U.S. passenger air carriers (United Airlines and American Airlines)—all of which departed from airports in the northeastern United States bound for California—were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed, with debris and the resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the World Trade Center complex, including the 47-story 7 World Trade Center tower, as well as significant damage to ten other large surrounding structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense) in Arlington County, Virginia, leading to a partial collapse of the building’s western side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, initially was steered toward Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. 9/11 was the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed respectively.

Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda. The United States responded by launching the War on Terror and invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, which had harbored al-Qaeda. Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded the powers of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to prevent terrorist attacks. Although al-Qaeda’s leader, Osama bin Laden, initially denied any involvement, in 2004 he claimed responsibility for the attacks. Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives. After evading capture for almost a decade, Osama bin Laden was located and killed by SEAL Team Six of the U.S. Navy in May 2011.

The destruction of the World Trade Center and nearby infrastructure caused serious damage to the economy of Lower Manhattan and had a significant effect on global markets, resulting in the closing of Wall Street until September 17 and the civilian airspace in the U.S. and Canada until September 13. Many closings, evacuations, and cancellations followed, out of respect or fear of further attacks. Cleanup of the World Trade Center site was completed in May 2002, and the Pentagon was repaired within a year. On November 18, 2006, construction of One World Trade Center began at the World Trade Center site. The building was officially opened on November 3, 2014. Numerous memorials have been constructed, including the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington County, Virginia, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The Aircraft that were included in the incident

American Airlines Flight 11
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American Airlines Flight 11 was a Boeing 767-200ER that crashed into the North Tower at Approximately 08:46:40 A.M.

United Airlines Flight 175
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United Airlines Flight 175 was a Boeing 767-200 that crashed into the South Tower at approximately 09:03 A.M.

American Airlines Flight 77
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American Airlines Flight 77 was a Boeing 757-200 that crashed into the Pentagon at approximately 9:37 A.M. (EDT)

United Airlines Flight 93
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United Airlines Flight 93 was predicted to crash into either the White House or the Capital, but the passengers were able to take over the aircraft and crash it into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Overall about 3,000 people lost their lives on this sad and tragic day.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you have a good day.

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Let us take a moment to reflect how this changed pretty much the course of history and to also give respect to those who lost their lives in this tragic accident.

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There’s gonna be a lot of mixed opinions here, be careful

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If you are a true American like me then you will not believe these conspiracy theories, we will have to wait and see.

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I’m not even American, I’m not even stating what I believe due to either way, around half of people will attack me. It’s the sad world we live in. Seeing I’m into aviation some people could probs guess

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Sadly it is, but I do just not get why some people think that Bush was the one that caused 9/11. Why would he kill 3,000 of our own on purpose? That is something that many have to think about and realize in my opinion

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I will forever remember this day and cannot wait until the day I am able to serve my country 🇺🇸

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I was surprised earlier when I didn’t see any 9/11 posts on an aviation community. It’s good that you took the time to write about it. Thank you.

Edit: Spelling

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I’ve heard that it’s for a reason to invade the middle east for oil, to destabilise it and prevent competition.
Not the best place to discuss this, 3000 people were blown up that day, 3000 real people, ordinary innocent people, just like you and me. Remember those slaughtered, I don’t care if you think it was Osama, Clinton or the Saudi family. These were innocent lives, taken from us, for no reason. Give them respect they need.

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I am giving them respect, but Osama did come out in 2004 and admit to doing it, so that should easily be the answer to who caused it, I do not think he would lie just so American Military Units would search head over heels just to find and kill him. I made this topic to give those 3,000 men and women that were killed on this horrific day the respect that they truly deserve, we can discuss this more via PM though.

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Wasnt there also a Korean Air 747 that squauked 7700 in fear of being hijacked or something?!?

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You forgot Korean Air Flight 85 and this other Korean Air flight that landed in Whitehorse becayse it was thought to be hijacked

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I included the aircraft that were truly affected and that caused casualties. I will look further into those two Korean air flights though😉

Edit: it seems to me that it was a "false alarm and that there was no actual threat.

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There was also a bomb scare on an American Airlines plane (no bomb was onboard of course.)

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Do you know the flight number for that incident?

But that was another big thing that happened on 9/11… Pilots got scared and just wanted to get on the ground and out of the aircraft!

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I could definitely see why, who wouldn’t want to not be able to wake up and see their kids and wife. (If they had those)

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Great thread.
And to this day, I’m still mad about what happened. About the idiots who did this. My heart hurts for all of the first responders who went off to work that morning and had no clue it would be the last time they get to see their families. My heart hurts for the passengers on board the planes, and the people in the twin towers who didn’t make it out alive.
Nothing will ever change that! But, we are recovering and are becoming bigger and better than ever, in the true American spirit.🇺🇸💪🏼
Make sure you tell your loved ones how much they mean to you, and appreciate the little things in life, as you never know what day will be your last.

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Im just hoping that the news go full out on “Remembering 9/11” like usual, but with Irma… I dont think they will

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🇺🇸Love this topic :-) 🇺🇸
RIP everyone who past away on that horrifying day!
😇

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