Timeline of Events September 11,2001
7:58 am - United Airlines Flight 175 departs Boston for Los Angeles,
7:58 am - United Airlines Flight 175 departs Boston for Los Angeles carrying 56 passengers, two pilots,
and seven flight attendants. The Boeing 767 is hijacked after takeoff and diverted to New York.
7:59 am - American Airlines Flight 11 departs Boston for Los Angeles, carrying 81passengers, two pilots,
and nine flight attendants. This Boeing 767 is also hijacked and diverted to New York.
8:01 am - United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 carrying 38 passengers, two pilots,
and five flight attendants, leaves Newark, N.J., for San Francisco.
8:10 am - American Airlines Flight 77 departs Washington's Dulles International Airport for Los Angeles,
carrying 58 passengers,
two pilots, and four flight attendants. The Boeing 757 is hijacked after takeoff.
8:46 am - American Flight 11 from Boston crashes into the North Tower at the World Trade Center.
9 am - President Bush arrives at Sarasota, Fla., school for speech. White House chief of staff Andrew Card tells him
a plane has crashed into the World Trade Center.
9:03 am - United Flight 175 from Boston crashes into the South Tower at the World Trade Center.
- U.S. Federal Aviation Administration shuts down all New York area airports.
9:05 am - President Bush is visiting a second-grade class when Card whispers to him that a second plane
has struck the towers. President delays plans to address the tragedy, deciding to get more information first.
9:21 am - Bridges and tunnels leading into New York City are closed.
9:25 am - All domestic flights are grounded by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
9:30 am - President Bush meets privately with National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, who briefs him.
He delivers first remarks on the tragedy and asks for a moment of silence for the victims and their families.
9:45 am - American Flight 77 crashes into The Pentagon.
10 am - Aboard Air Force One en route to Louisiana, President Bush calls Vice President Dick Cheney
and puts America's military on a high alert status. Sifts through reports
from staff, including an erroneous report that a car bomb had struck the State Department.
Gets news that a plane has crashed near Pittsburgh.
10:05 am - The South Tower at the World Trade Center collapses.
10:05 am - The White House is evacuated.
10:10 am - A large section of one side of The Pentagon collapses.
10:10 am - United Flight 93 crashes in a wooded area in Pennsylvania, after passengers confront hijackers.
One passenger, Todd Beamer, calls his wife on a cell phone and tells her of the plan to overpower the hijackers.
The connection remains open after Beamer puts the phone down.
Lisa Beamer hears her husband tell the other passengers “Let’s roll” signaling the start of the attack.
10:28 am - The North Tower at the World Trade Center collapses.
11:40 am - President Bush arrives at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., where he makes a series
of telephone calls from a general's conference room. Tells Cheney in telephone call, "It's the faceless coward that attacks."
He also talks to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and New York Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
1 pm - President Bush speaks to the country from a briefing room at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. (text below)
“I want to reassure the American people that the full resources of the federal government are working to assist
local authorities to save lives and to help the victims of these attacks. Make no mistake: The United States
will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts.
I've been in regular contact with the Vice President, the Secretary of Defense, the national security team
and my Cabinet. We have taken all appropriate security precautions to protect the American people.
Our military at home and around the world is on high alert status, and we have taken
the necessary security precautions to continue the functions of your government.
We have been in touch with the leaders of Congress and with world leaders to assure them
that we will do whatever is necessary to protect America and Americans.
I ask the American people to join me in saying a thanks for all the folks who have been fighting hard to rescue our fellow citizens
and to join me in saying a prayer for the victims and their families.
The resolve of our great nation is being tested. But make no mistake: We will show the world that we will pass this test. God Bless.”
1:15 pm - President Bush departs conference room for Air Force One in a camouflaged Humvee.
Talks to Cheney again en route to Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska and
schedules a 4 p.m. meeting of his national security staff. Also talks to New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
and Gov. George Pataki. "I know your heart is broken and your city is strained
and anything we can do, let me know," Bush says.
3:07 pm - President Bush arrives at U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
4:36 pm - President Bush departs for Washington. En route, he calls first lady Laura Bush and
says, "I'm coming home, see you at the White House." Works with aides on his prime-time speech.
6 pm (approx) - Leaders and members from both sides of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate make a joint statement
on the attacks and end the press conference with the singing of “God Bless America”.
7 pm - President Bush arrives at White House to prepare for address.
8:30 pm - President Bush speaks to nation from The Oval Office (text below).
“Good evening. Today our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate
and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices:
secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors.
Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.
The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing
have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger.
These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed.
Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America.
These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.
America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and
opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.
Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature, and we responded with the best of America,
with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors
who came to give blood and help in any way they could.
Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government's emergency response plans.
Our military is powerful, and it's prepared. Our emergency teams are working in
New York City and Washington, D.C., to help with local rescue efforts.
Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured and to take every
precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks.
The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington
which had to be evacuated today are reopening for essential personnel tonight
and will be open for business tomorrow.
Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business as well.
The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts.
I've directed the full resources for our intelligence and law enforcement communities
to find those responsible and bring them to justice.
We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.
I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks.
And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance.
America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace
and security in the world and we stand together to win the war against terrorism.
Tonight I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered,
for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a
power greater than any of us spoken through the ages in
Psalm 23: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me."
This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice
and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time.
None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.
Thank you. Good night and God Bless America.”
8:35 pm - Bush attends national security meeting.
10:21 pm - Meeting has ended. Secret Service radio squawks with news
that Bush has gone home to bed: "Trailblazer…Second floor of the residence."
The Pentagon &Flight 93 Washington & Shanksville The World Trade Center New York City Total Deaths All 9/11 Attacks3,030*Total Deaths WTC 9/11 Attack2,801TotalInjured All 9/11 Attacks2,337Total Injured WTC 9/11 Attack2,261Total Deaths9/11 Attack The Pentagon (Ground)124Firefighter Deaths WTC 9/11 Attack343TotalInjured 9/11 Attack The Pentagon76Police Deaths WTC 9/11 Attack75AmericanAirlines Flight 77 The Pentagon64American Airlines Flight 11 WTC NorthTower92United Airlines Flight 93 Shanksville, PA40United Airlines Flight 175WTC South Tower65*In December 2002 the Total Deaths from the WTC Attack was revised to 2,792.