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September 11, 2001

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Two beams of light brighten the sky above lower Manhattan near the site of the World Trade Center.
Two beams of light brightened the sky above lower Manhattan near the site of the World Trade Center in March of 2002. (Photo: Catherine Leuthild/AP WideWorld)

On September 11, the nation and the world will take time to remember those who died in the terrorist attacks five years ago. Here is a look back at the unfolding of events of September 11, 2001, one of America's bleakest days.

The World Trade Center

7:59 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 departs Boston Logan International Airport bound for Los Angeles.

8:14 a.m. United Airlines Flight 175 also departs from Logan, bound for Los Angeles.

8:40 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) notifies the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) that Flight 11 has been hijacked.

8:43 a.m.
The FAA tells NORAD that Flight 175 has been hijacked.

8:46 a.m. American Flight 11 crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

9:03 a.m. United Flight 175 crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center.

10:05 a.m. The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses into the plaza and streets below. A huge cloud of dust and debris forms and drifts southward away from the area.

10:28 a.m. The World Trade Center's north tower collapses.

4:10 p.m. Building 7 of the World Trade Center complex is reported on fire.

5:20 p.m. Building 7 collapses. Across the street from the towers, it was weakened by debris from the twin towers and the fires of diesel fuel inside the building.

The Pentagon

8:20 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 departs Washington Dulles Airport bound for Los Angeles.

9:24 a.m. FAA tells NORAD that Flight 77 has been hijacked.

9:40 a.m. Flight 77 crashes into the west face of the Pentagon.

10:10 a.m. A portion of the Pentagon collapses.

Pennsylvania Crash

8:42 a.m. United Airlines Flight 93 departs from Newark International Airport bound for San Francisco.

9:45 a.m. A passenger calls 911 from a cellular telephone and reports the plane has been hijacked.

10:37 a.m. Flight 93 crashes into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, about 85 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The crash is believed to be due in part to the passengers' move to attack the hijackers.

 

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