Today is the 16th anniversary of 9/11 attacks. We look back at some moments at the sites of attacks on our nation in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Every year on September 9, memories are held in the remembrance of the thousands of lives that were lost in that 9/11 attacks. A tribute in light will begin at sunset and end Tuesday at morning to honor the 2,996 people who died in the 9/11 attacks in Pentagon. Memorial & Museum announced plans to set a commemorative space at the World Trade Center to honor rescue and recovery workers.
The September 11 attacks are also known as 9/11. On September 11, 2001, four airplanes were hijacked and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United states by the 19 militants of Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda. This day was the deadliest day in the history for New York City firefighters. 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers were killed in this attack. Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were flown into the twin towers of World Trade Center in New York City. The third plane, American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed by hitting the Pentagon just outside Washington. And the fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93 was crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. 2,996 people were killed and more than 6,000 were injured during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The attackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and many other Arab nations.
World Trade Center
On Tuesday morning, on September 11 at 8:45 am, one of the planes was crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Hundreds of people were killed in this collision. The impact left a heavy burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110th story tower. After the 18 minutes, the second plane hit the World Trade Center and sliced into the south tower near the 60th floor. The collision caused a huge explosion that showered burning buildings. It immediately became very clear that America was under attack.
At 9.45 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters. This collision caused a massive explosion at the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense. 125 military personnel and civilians along with all 64 passengers on the plane were killed.
United Flight 93 was hijacked after 40 minutes of leaving Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. Passengers on board learned about attacks on New York and Washington via cell phone and Airfone calls because the plane had been delayed in taking off. A group of passengers and flight attendants planned a revolution after knowing that the plane was not returning to an airport.
The passengers fought with the four hijackers. The plane flipped over and sped toward the ground, crashing in a rural field Shanksville in Pennsylvania at 10:10 am. All 44 people aboard were killed.