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911 Memorial Attack Timeline

  • 5:45 AM- Hijackers pass through security screening in Portland, Maine

    5:45 AM- Hijackers pass through security screening in Portland, Maine
  • 7:59 AM- Flight 11 takes off

    American Airlines flight 11 takes off from Boston. Eleven crew members, 76 passengers and 5 hijackers are on board. The aircraft is filled with 76,400 pounds of fuel to fly to Los Angeles.
  • 8:15 AM – Flight 175 takes off

    United Airlines Flight 175 Takes off from Boston for Los Angeles. 9 crew members, 51 passengers, 5 hijackers on board. The flight I loaded with 76,000 pounds of fuel.
  • 8:19 AM- Flight 11 crew members contact ground personnel

    Flight attendant Betty Ann Ong alerts American Airlines ground personnel to hijacking underway on Flight 11. The call last about 25 minutes, Ong provides detailed information about hijacking on the call.
  • 8:21 AM- Two minutes into Ong’s call, the hijackers turn off the plane’s transponder

    This is a device that allows air traffic control to identify and monitor an airplane’s flight path.
  • 8:26 AM- Ong providers the hijackers seat number to American Airlines.

  • 8:32 Am- Flight attendant Madeline Amy Sweeney

    From flight 11 reports hijackers to a friend on ground, a manager at Boston Logan International Airport. Approximately 12 minutes, Sweeney provides key information about the hijackers, including a description of the perpetrators.
  • 8:20 AM- Flight 77 Takes off

    American Airlines flight takes off from Washington Dulles International Airport. 6 crew members, 53 passengers, and 5 hijackers on board. The flight is loaded with 49, 900 pounds of fuel.
  • 8:24 AM- Flight 11 hijackers transmits a message

    Hijacker Mohamed Atta presses the wrong button. Instead of air traffic control and unwittingly alerting controllers to the attacks he broadcasted it.
  • 8:30 AM- The World Trade Center Comes to Life.

    Roughly 80 people have gathered to attend the Risk Water Group Financial technology conference on the 106th floor of the North tower. 72 Restaurant staff have arrived in advance of the morning’s breakfast service and conference preparation.
  • 8:37 AM- Boston Air Traffic Control Center Alerts the Military

    After hearing Mohamed Atta’s transmissions, Boston air traffic control alerts the U.S Air Force’s Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS), headquarters in Rome and New York.
  • 8:42 AM- Flight 93 Takes off.

    Scheduled to leave Newark International Airport within minutes of the other hijacking flights, United Airlines Flight 93 takes off after a delay due to routine traffic. 7 crew members, 33 passengers, and 4 hijackers are on board to San Francisco. The fight is loaded with 48,700 pounds of fuel.
  • 8:46 AM- 5 hijackers crash American Airlines flight 11

    8:46 AM- 5 hijackers crash American Airlines flight 11
    Into floors 93 through 99 of 1 World Trade Center (North Tower).The 76 passengers and 11 crew members on board a and 100 inside the building are killed instantly. The crash severs all three emergency stairwells and traps hundreds of people above 91st floor.
  • 8:50 AM- The U.S President was alerted.

    8:50 AM- The U.S President was alerted.
    George W. Bush was visiting an elementary school in Sarasota, Florida when he was informed that a small plane has hit the North Tower. Bush and his advisers assume that the crash is a tragic accident.
  • 8:55 AM- South Tower Declared Secure

    Announcement made by a Port Authority fire safety employee. “Your attention, please, ladies and gentlemen. Building Two is secure. There is no need to evacuate building Two. If you are in the mist of evacuation, you may return to your office. Repeat, Building Two is secure.”
  • 8:59 AM- PAPD Orders Evacuation of Twin Towers

    PAPD Sergeant AL DeVona issues orders to commence the evacuation of both towers. One minute later, PAPD Captain Anthony Whitaker expands the order to include all civilians in the world Trade Center complex.
  • 9:00 AM- On Board Flight 175

    Passengers Garnet Ace Bailey, Peter Burton Hanson and Brian David Sweeney have called family members. Earlier, at 8:52 am, a flight attendant had reached a United Airline operator in San Francisco, California, and reported a hijacking underway.
  • 9:02 AM- Evacuation Order Broadcast in the South Tower

    An announcement was made by a Port Authority fire safety employee. “May I have your attention, please. Repeating this message. The situation occurred in Building One. If the conditions warrant on your floor, you may wish to start an orderly evacuation.”
  • 9:03 AM- South Tower Attack

    9:03 AM- South Tower Attack
    5 hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 77 through 85 of 2 World Trade Center (South Tower), killing 51 passengers and 9 crew member on board, and an unknown number of people inside the building. Shortly after flight 175 hits the South Tower, some workers in the building jump or fall to their deaths. Approximately 50 to more than 200 people die as a result of falling form the twin towers.
  • 9:05 AM- Informing the U.S. President.

    George W. Bush learns from the White House Chief of staff Andrew card that a second plane has crashed into the World Trade Center. Twenty five minutes later Bush delivers remarks, calling the attacks a “national tragedy.”
  • 9:37 AM- Attack at the pentagon-

    9:37 AM- Attack at the pentagon-
    5 hijackers crash American Airlines Flight 77 into the pentagon. 53 passengers, 6 crew members on board. The crash and ensuing fire kill 125 military and civilian personnel on the ground.
  • 9:58 AM- 9-1-1 call from Flight 93.

    37 telephone calls are known to have been made form hijacked flight 93, most placed from the rear of the plane.
  • 9:59 AM- Collapse of the South Tower.

    9:59 AM- Collapse of the South Tower.
    After burning 56 minutes, the south tower collapse in 10 seconds. More than 800 civilians and first responders inside the building and in the surrounding area are killed as a result of the attack on the south tower.
  • 10:03 AM- Crash of Flight 93.

    10:03 AM- Crash of Flight 93.
    Four hijackers crash Flight 93 in a field near the town of Shanksville in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The 33 passengers and 7 crew members on board perish. This happen about 20 minutes flying time from Washington D.C.
  • 10:15 AM- Collapse of the Pentagon E Ring

    10:15 AM- Collapse of the Pentagon E Ring
    A damage section of the Pentagon’s west facing outer ring collapses around this time.
  • 10:28 AM- Collapse of the North Tower.

    10:28 AM- Collapse of the North Tower.
    The North tower collapses after burning for 102 minutes. More than 1,600 people are killed as a result of the attack on the North Tower.
  • 11:02 AM- NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani orders evacuation of lower Manhattan.

    “I would like to take this opportunity to tell everyone to remain calm and, to the extent that they can, evacuate lower Manhattan.”
  • 12:16 PM- U.S. Airspace Closed

    The last flight still in the air above the continental United States lands.
  • 12:30 PM- Group of 14 Survivors

    Located in ruins of North tower’s stairwell B. A lower section of the North tower’s staircase B survives the building’s collapse, protecting a group of 13 first responders and 1 civilian who had been attempting to evacuate down the stairs.
  • 5:20 PM Collapse of 7 World Trade Center

    5:20 PM Collapse of 7 World Trade Center
    . After burning for hours, 7 world trade center collapses. The 47 story tower had been evacuated earlier.
  • 8:30 PM- President Bush gives his final address of the day from the white house.