♦ On Sept. 11, 2001, four planes hijacked by terrorists flew into three U.S. buildings — the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington County, Va. — and into a field near Shanksville, Penn.

♦ The first plane, a Boeing 767, hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. The Tower collapsed at 10:28 a.m.

♦ The second plane, a Boeing 767, hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m. The Tower collapsed at 9:59 a.m.

♦ The third plane, a Boeing 757, hit the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m.

♦ The fourth plane, a Boeing 757, was crashed in a Pennsylvania field at 10:03 a.m. by the terrorists who hijacked it when passengers and flight crew tried to subdue them.

♦ 2,996 people were killed in the attacks and more than 6,000 were injured.

♦ 265 people on the hijacked planes were killed.

♦ 2,606 people in and around the World Trade Center were killed.

♦ It was estimated that there were between 14,000 and 17,400 people in the two WTC towers at the time of the attacks.

♦ 125 people in the Pentagon were killed.

♦ 343 firefighters were killed.

♦ 72 law enforcement officers were killed.

♦ 55 military personnel were killed.

♦ 19 terrorists were killed.

♦ 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks.

♦ Around 3,000 children lost a parent in the attacks.

♦ Many more people died at later dates of illnesses, including cancer and respiratory illnesses, related to the attacks.

♦ At 9:42 a.m., all civilian aircraft were ordered grounded and all international flights were barred from entering American air space. Around 500 international flights were cancelled or rerouted.

♦ 18,000 small businesses in Lower Manhattan (New York) were destroyed or displaced.

♦ 31,900,000 square feet of office space in Lower Manhattan was destroyed or damaged.

♦ It took 100 days for the fires in the WTC towers to be completely extinguished.

Source: Wikipedia

Tamara Wolk is a reporter for The Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga., and Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga.

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