On September 11, 2001 the world stood still. Millions around the world would watch as thousands of American lives would be lost. As a Country we promised never to forget those who would not make it home that day. We continue to honor and remember those who lost their lives. NEVER FORGET 9/11.
U.S. President George W. Bush, visiting an elementary school in Sarasota, Florida, is notified that a plane has hit the World Trade Center’s North Tower.
Port Authority Police Department Sergeant Al DeVona issues orders to evacuate the Twin Towers. One minute later, evacuation orders are extended for all civilians in the World Trade Center Complex.
The second plane crashes. United Flight 175 strikes the South Tower on floors 77-85. Two of the three emergency stairwells are rendered impassible and most elevator cables in the area are severed by the crash, trapping many on floors above the impact and in elevators.
President George W. Bush is alerted to the second crash into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
FAA bans all takeoffs for flights nationwide which were either going to or passing through its New York Center airspace.
Flight attendant Renee A. May and passenger Barbara K. Olson aboard Flight 77 call family members and alert them to the hijacking. Their family members alert American Airlines and federal officials.
All bridges and tunnels into Manhattan are closed.
FAA notifies NORAD of suspected hijacking of American Airlines Flight 77.9:26 a.m.FAA bans takeoffs of all civilian aircraft.
From Florida, President George Bush calls the crashes an “apparent terrorist attack on our country.” He and his staff leave the elementary school and begin traveling back to Washington.
The third plane crashes. American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the western face of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.
FAA grounds all flights, ordering all aircraft to land at nearest airport as soon as practical. More than 4,500 aircraft are in air at the time.
The U.S. Capitol and White House’s West Wing begin evacuating. The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are in session.
Flight 93 passenger Edward P. Felt is able to hide in a bathroom and make a phone call to 911.
After burning for 56 minutes, the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses. The collapse takes a shocking 10 seconds. More than 800 civilians and first responders are killed.
*10:03 a.m. (approximately)
The fourth plane crashes. Heroic crew members and passengers of United Flight 93 storm the cockpit, forcing the hijackers to crash the plane into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at a location just 20 minutes’ flying time from Washington D.C. The 9/11 Commission Report determined that this plane was likely headed for Washington D.C. or the White House.
A damaged section of the Pentagon E Ring, a west-facing outer ring, collapses.
After burning for 102 minutes, the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses. More than 1,600 civilians and first responders are killed.
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani orders evacuation of lower Manhattan.
President George W. Bush, at Barksdale Air Force base in Louisiana, announces that the U.S. military is on high alert worldwide.
The U.S. Navy dispatches missile destroyers to New York and Washington.
President George W. Bush arrives at Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
After burning for hours, the empty 47-story 7 World Trade Center collapses.
President George Bush addresses the Nation from the White House