On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, the United States experienced one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in American history. On the anniversary of this event, many Americans will pause for a moment of silence to remember the people whose lives were lost on that tragic day.
It began as a very typical late summer day for the people in New York City, New York, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Early that morning, several men boarded two large Boeing 767 jets at Logan International Airport in Boston, MA. One airplane was American Airlines Flight 11 and the other airplane was Untied Airlines Flight 175. Both jets were departing to Los Angeles. Other men, at Newark International Airport boarded United Airlines Flight 93 departing to San Francisco, and at Washington Dulles Airport other men boarded American Airlines Flight 77 departing to Los Angeles.
“All of the jets were scheduled for transcontinental flights and carried an average of 20,000 gallons of aviation fuel. This was probably one of the major reasons they were selected, as the amount of fuel, plus impact into a building, added up to a lethal bomb.” (septterror.tripod.com)
The hijackers used knives and box cutters to take over the planes. The two planes that left the Logan airport flew into the World Trade Center Towers in New York City. The plane that left the Washington Dulles airport flew into the west side of the Pentagon in Washington, DC and the forth plane that left the Newark International Airport did not make it to the hijackers’ intended target, but as a result of courageous passengers fighting against the hijackers, this airplane crashed into a field in the farming town of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
A little over 3,000 people were killed that day. In New York City, 2830 people were killed. This includes all the passengers and crew members on both planes, people working in the World Trade Center towers, police officers, fire fighters and Port Authority police officers. In Washington, DC, at the Pentagon, 125 people were killed, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, all 44 passengers and crew members were killed when their plane crashed in a field. The 19 men who hijacked the four jets on September 11th were believed to be members of al-Qaeda, Arabic for “The Base.”
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