Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on United States of America that left nearly 3,000 people dead. The plane hijackings by Al-Qaeda demolished the sense of safety in US citizens and embarked the nation on a new, seemingly a never-ending war against the terrorism. The planes which smashed into New York’s World Trade Center left 2,753 people dead and thousands injured. A third plane hit the Pentagon in Washington, leaving 184 people dead. The fourth plane, headed for Washington crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania after a passenger revolt, leaving another 40 dead.
Here is a timeline of the events that unfolded on the morning of 9/11
8:46 am – First strike on World Trade Center
An American Airlines Boeing 767 smashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, leaving a giant hole in the building’s facade. The horrific scenes of thick smoke trailing into the sky are still used to describe the gravity of attack.
9:03 am – Second tower hit
Another flight hits the South Tower of the WTC, leading to a massive explosion.
9:30 am – President Bush speaks
The then United State President George W. Bush, in Sarasota, Florida, said that “an apparent terrorist attack” has taken place. He orders investigation and ”hunt for the culprits”.
9:37 am – Pentagon attacked
In a similar way, an American Airlines Boeing 757 with 64 people on board — including five hijackers — smashes into the Pentagon in suburban Washington, setting off two massive explosions.
9:42 am – Planes grounded
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues a cancellation of all commercial flights in the country.
9:59 am: South Tower collapses
The WTC’s South Tower, hit 56 minutes earlier, collapses.
10:03 am – Crash in Pennsylvania
A United Airlines Boeing 757 crashes into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It was reported that some passengers and crew apparently fought with the hijackers.
10:28 am – North Tower collapses
An hour and 42 minutes after it was struck, north tower of the WTC collapsed resulting in a huge cloud of dust, which nearly covered entire lower Manhattan.