We Will Always Remember
Bomb Sniffing Dog
World Trade Center Begins Daily Routine
Normal tasks within the complex begin their daily operations. roughly 80 people have gathered to attend the Risk Waters Group financial technology conference on the 106th floor of the North Tower. Seventy-two restaurant staff have arrived in advance of the morning’s breakfast service and conference preparation.
North Tower Attack
Five hijackers crash American Airlines Flight 11 into floors 93 through 99. The 76 passengers and 11 crew members on board and hundreds inside the building are killed instantly. The crash severs all three emergency stairwells and traps hundreds of people above the 91st floor.
“We have a lot of smoke at the top of the towers.”Constance Labetti, Aon Corporation, South Tower, 99th Floor
South Tower Attack
Five hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 77 through 85 of 2 World Trade Center (South Tower), killing the 51 passengers and nine crew members onboard the aircraft and an unknown number of people inside the building. The impact renders two of the three emergency stairwells impassable and severs a majority of the elevator cables in this area, trapping many above the impact zone and inside elevator cars.
“We felt and heard a loud noise.”Constance Labetti, Aon Corporation, South Tower, 99th Floor
Five hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon. The 53 passengers and six crew members on board perish. The crash and ensuing fire kill 125 military and civilian personnel on the ground.
“Do me a favor. For the rest of the day, work beneath your desk.”John Yates, U.S. Army, Pentagon
Collapse of South Tower
After burning for 56 minutes, the South Tower collapses in 10 seconds. More than 800 civilians and first responders inside the building and in the surrounding area are killed as a result of the attack on the South Tower.
“I could hear these sounds, this sort of cracking—loud cracking. And it collapsed.”Catherine Leuthold, Independent Journalist
Crash of Flight 93
Four hijackers crash Flight 93 in a field near the town of Shanksville in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, after passengers and crew storm the cockpit. The 33 passengers and seven crew members on board perish. The crash site is approximately 20 minutes’ flying time from Washington, D.C.
Attempts to communicate with Flight 93 — after 9:28 am
Collapse of North Tower
The North Tower collapses after burning for 102 minutes. More than 1600 people are killed as a result of the attack on the North Tower.
“But this time, it seemed like the collapse lasted forever.”Officer David Brink, NYPD ESU
“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001