SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, THE DEADLIEST DAY IN HISTORY FOR NEW YORK CITY - watsupptoday.com
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, THE DEADLIEST DAY IN HISTORY FOR NEW YORK CITY
Posted 13 Sep 2017 10:31 AM

In 2001, a devastating incident took place on 11th Sep where an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
The impact left a gap with fire near the 80th floor of the 110 story, which killed hundreds of lives in a jiffy. Few people were terribly trapped within the building. Soon after 18 minutes another Boeing 767-United Airlines Flight 175 appeared out of the sky, and turned sharply towards the World Trade Centre and sliced it in the south tower near the 60th floor. This collision turned into a massive explosion and showered burning debris all over the surroundings and even on the streets below.
This attack was financed by Al-Qaeda terrorist organization of Saudi Fugitive Osama Bin Laden they were allegedly acting in retaliation for America’s support of Israel, its involvement in the Persian Gulf War and its continued military presence in the Middle East. The terrorists had lived in the United States for more than a year and had been taking flying lessons at American commercial flight schools. Others had slipped into the country in the months before September 11 and acted as the “muscle” in the operation.
The 19 terrorists’ smuggled box-cutters and knives through security at three East Coast airports and boarded four early-morning flights bound for California, chosen because the planes were loaded with fuel for the long transcontinental journey. Soon after takeoff, the terrorists commandeered the four planes and took the controls, transforming ordinary passenger jets into guided missiles.
Later American Airlines Flight 77 circled over downtown Washington, D.C., before crashing into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters at 9:45 a.m.
Jet fuel from the Boeing 757 caused a devastating inferno that led to the structural collapse of a portion of the giant concrete building, which is the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense.
All told, 125 military personnel and civilians were killed in the Pentagon, along with all 64 people aboard the airliner.

TWIN TOWERS COLLAPSE
Less than 15 minutes after the terrorists struck the nerve center of the U.S. military, the horror in New York took a catastrophic turn when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in a massive cloud of dust and smoke.
The structural steel of the skyscraper, built to withstand winds in excess of 200 miles per hour and a large conventional fire, could not withstand the tremendous heat generated by the burning jet fuel.
At 10:30 a.m., the north building of the twin towers collapsed. Only six people in the World Trade Center towers at the time of their collapse survived. Almost 10,000 others were treated for injuries, many severe.
FLIGHT 93
Meanwhile, a fourth California-bound plane—United Flight 93—was hijacked about 40 minutes after leaving Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. Because the plane had been delayed in taking off, passengers on board learned of events in New York and Washington via cell phone and Airfone calls to the ground.
Knowing that the aircraft was not returning to an airport as the hijackers claimed, a group of passengers and flight attendants planned a revolt. The plane then flipped over and headed toward the ground at speed of 500 miles per hour, crashing in a rural field near Shanksville in western Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m. 44 people aboard died. Its intended target is not known, but theories include the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland or one of several nuclear power plants along the eastern seaboard.
A total of 2,996 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks, including the 19 terrorist hijackers aboard the four airplanes. At the World Trade Center, 2,763 died after the two planes slammed into the twin towers. That figure includes 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the office workers trapped on higher floors. At the Pentagon, 189 people were killed, including 64 on American Airlines Flight 77, the airliner that struck the building. On Flight 93, 44 people died when the plane crash-landed in Pennsylvania.
Osama bin Laden, the planner behind the September 11th attacks, remained at large until May 2, 2011, when he was finally tracked down and killed by U.S. forces at a hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan. In June 2011, President Barack Obama announced the beginning of large-scale troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.
In 2017, there are 7 World Trade Centres with National September 11 Memorial, National September 11 Museum, World Trade Center Transportation Hub, Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, Vehicular Security Center, Liberty Park, and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
One World Trade Center was completed on August 30, 2012, and the final component of its spire was installed on May 10, 2013. 4 World Trade Center opened on November 12, 2013, making it the first building completed as part of the site's master plan. The 9/11 memorial is complete, and the museum was opened on May 21, 2014. The World Trade Center Transportation Hub opened to the public on March 4, 2016, and 3 World Trade Center is under construction set to be finished in 2018. 2 World Trade Center's full construction was placed on hold in 2009, with a new design announced in 2015. One should take lessons from such incidents that we should never stop no matter how tough the situation is. “If you fall behind, run faster, never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds”.

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