September 11: Timeline of Events

5:43 a.m. - Hijackers check in at Portland Airport.



6:00 a.m. - Two hijackers fly to Boston.

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American
Airlines Flight 11 crashes into north
tower of the WTC.





6:20 a.m.-7:48 a.m.- Hijackers arrive at airports and board
flights.



8:13 a.m. - Flight 11 makes its last communication with Air
Traffic Control.



8:24 a.m. - Boston Air Traffic Controllers hear Flight 11
hijacker say, ‘We Have Some Planes,’ but are uncertain of the origin of
transmission.

8:45 a.m.: Hijacked
passenger jet, American
Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, Massachusetts, crashes into the north
tower of the World Trade Center. 


9:03 a.m.: A second hijacked
airliner, United Airlines Flight 175
from
Boston, crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center and
explodes.


9:17 a.m.: The Federal
Aviation Administration shuts down all New
York City area airports.


9:21 a.m.: The Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey orders all
bridges and tunnels in the New York area closed.


9:30 a.m.: President Bush,
speaking in Sarasota, Florida, says the
country has suffered an "apparent terrorist attack."


9:40 a.m.: The FAA halts all
flight operations at U.S. airports; this was the
first time in U.S. history that air traffic nationwide was halted.


9:43 a.m.: American Airlines
Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon; evacuation begins immediately.

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American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon.class="caption">


9:45 a.m.: The White House
evacuates.


9:57 a.m.: President Bush
departs from Florida.


10:05 a.m.: The south tower
of the World Trade Center collapses.


10:08 a.m.: Secret Service
agents armed with automatic rifles are
deployed into Lafayette Park across from the White House.


10:10 a.m.: A portion of the
Pentagon collapses.


10:10 a.m.: United Airlines
Flight 93, also hijacked, crashes in
Somerset County, Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh.

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A portion of the Pentagon collapses.


10:13 a.m.: The United
Nations building evacuates.


10:22 a.m.: In Washington,
the State and Justice departments are
evacuated, along with the World Bank.


10:24 a.m.: The FAA reports
that all inbound transatlantic aircraft
flying into the United States are being diverted to Canada.



10:28 a.m.: The World Trade
Center's north tower collapses from the
top down.


10:45 a.m.: All federal
office buildings in Washington are
evacuated.


10.46 a.m.: U.S. Secretary
of State Colin Powell cuts short his trip
to Latin America to return to the United States.


10.48 a.m.: Police confirm
the plane crash in Pennsylvania.


10:53 a.m.: New York's
primary elections, scheduled for Tuesday, are
postponed.


10:54 a.m.: Israel evacuates
all diplomatic missions.


10:57 a.m.: New York Gov.
George Pataki says all state government
offices are closed.

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United Airlines Flight 175 hits WTC's south tower.class="caption">


11:02 a.m.: New York City
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani urges New Yorkers to
stay at home and orders an evacuation of the area south of Canal
Street.


11:18 a.m.: American
Airlines reports it has lost two aircraft.
American Flight 11, a Boeing 767 flying from Boston to Los Angeles, had
81 passengers and 11 crew aboard. Flight 77, a Boeing 757 en route from
Washington's Dulles International Airport to Los Angeles, had 58
passengers and six crew members aboard. Flight 11 slammed into the
north tower of the World Trade Center. Flight 77 hit the Pentagon.


11:26 a.m.: United Airlines
reports that United Flight 93, en route
from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco, California, crashed in
Pennsylvania. The airline also states that it is "deeply concerned"
about
United Flight 175.


11:59 a.m.: United Airlines
confirms that Flight 175, from Boston to
Los Angeles, crashed with 56 passengers and nine crew members
aboard. It hit the World Trade Center's south tower.


12:04 p.m.: Los Angeles
International Airport, the destination of three of the crashed
airplanes, is evacuated.


12:15 p.m.: San Francisco
International Airport is evacuated and shut
down. The airport was the destination of United Airlines Flight 93,
which crashed in Pennsylvania.


12:15 p.m.: The Immigration
and Naturalization Service issues highest alerts at U.S.
borders with Canada and Mexico.

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United Flight 93 crashes in Pennsylvania.


12:30 p.m.: The FAA says 50
flights were in U.S. airspace, but none reported any problems.


1:04 p.m.: Bush, speaking
from Barksdale Air Force Base in
Louisiana, says all appropriate security measures were being taken,
including putting the U.S. military on high alert worldwide. He asks
for prayers for those killed or wounded in the attacks and says, "Make
no mistake, the United States will hunt down and punish those
responsible for these cowardly acts."


1:27 p.m.: A state of
emergency is declared by the city of Washington.


1:44 p.m.: The Pentagon
states that five warships and two aircraft carriers
would leave the U.S. Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia, to protect the
East Coast from further attack. The two carriers, the USS George
Washington and the USS John F.
Kennedy headed for the New York coast.


1:48 p.m.: Bush leaves
Barksdale Air Force Base aboard Air Force One and flies to an Air Force
base in Nebraska.


2:30 p.m.: The FAA announces
there would be no U.S. commercial air traffic until noon EDT Wednesday
at the earliest.

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President Bush conducts National Security Council meeting by
phone.


2:49 p.m.: At a news
conference, Giuliani states that subway and bus
services were partially restored in New York City. When he is asked
about the number
of people killed, Giuliani says, "I don't think we want to speculate
about that -- more than any of us can bear."


3:55 p.m.: Karen Hughes, a
White House counselor, indicates the president
was at an undisclosed location, later revealed to be Offutt Air Force
Base in Nebraska. There, he conducted a National Security Council
meeting
by phone. Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser
Condoleezza Rice were in a secure facility at the White House. Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was at the Pentagon.


3:55 p.m.: Giuliani now says
the number of critically injured in New York City is up to 200 with
2,100 total injuries reported.


4 p.m.: Reports from various
news outlets indicate Osama bin Laden is responsible for the attacks.


4:06 p.m.: California Gov.
Gray Davis dispatches urban search-and-rescue teams to New York.


4:10 p.m.: Building 7 of the
World Trade Center complex is reported on fire.

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As many as half of the first 400 firefighters on the scene
were killed.


4:20 p.m.: U.S. Sen. Bob
Graham, D-Florida, chairman of the Senate
Intelligence Committee, says he was "not surprised there was an attack,
but was surprised at the specificity." He says he was "shocked at
what actually happened; the extent of it."


4:25 p.m.: The American
Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange indicate
they would remain closed Wednesday.


4:30 p.m.: The president
leaves Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska aboard Air Force One to return
to Washington.


5:20 p.m.: The 47-story
Building 7 of the World Trade Center complex
collapses. The evacuated building was damaged when the twin towers
collapsed.


6:10 p.m.:Giuliani urges New
Yorkers to stay home Wednesday if they can.


6:40 p.m.: Rumsfeld, the
U.S. defense secretary, holds a news
conference in the Pentagon, noting the building is operational. "It
will be in business tomorrow," he said.


6:54 p.m.: Bush arrives back
at the White House aboard Marine One and schedules to address the
nation.


7:45 p.m.: The New York
Police Department indicates that at least 78
officers are missing. The city also says that as many as half of the
first 400 firefighters on the scene were killed.

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"These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel
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8:30 p.m.: President Bush
addresses the nation, saying "thousands of
lives were suddenly ended by evil" and asked for prayers for the
families and friends of Tuesday's victims. "These acts shattered steel,
but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve," he said. The
president went on to say that the U.S. government would make no
distinction between the
terrorists who committed the acts and those who harbored them.


9:57 p.m.: Giuliani says New
York City schools would be closed
Wednesday and no more volunteers were needed for Tuesday evening's
rescue efforts. He said there was hope that there were still people
alive
in rubble.


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