U.S. Under Fire
8:45a.m – A large plane, reportedly a hijacked airliner, crashes into one of the World Trade Center towers, tearing a gaping hole in the building and setting it ablaze.
9:03 a.m – A second plane, also a commercial jet, crashes into the second World Trade Center tower and explodes.
9:17a.m – The FAA shuts down all New York City-area air-ports
9:21a.m – New York City Port Authority orders all bridges and tunnels in the New York City area closed.
9:30a.m – U.S. President George W. Bush, speaking in Florida, describes what has occured as an “apparent terrorist attack.”
9:40 a.m – The FAA halts all flights at U.S. airports, the first time in U.S. history that air traffic nationwide has been halted.
9:43 a.m – A third plane crashes into the Pentagon in Washington,D.C. Evacuation begins immediately.
9:45 a.m – The White House evacuates.
9:57 a.m – Bush departs from Florida.
10:05 a.m – The south tower of the World Trade Center col- lapses, plummeting into the streets below. A massive cloud of dust and debris forms and slowly drifts away from the building.
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 section of the Pentagon caves in. 10:10 a.m – United Airlines Flight 93 crashes in Somerset County, Pa., southeast of Pittsburgh.
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, releasing a tremendous cloud of debris and smoke.
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 crash of a large plane in Somerset County, Pa.
11:26 a.m – United Airlines reports that United Flight 93, en route from Newark, N.J., to San Fransisco, has crashed in Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh.
11:59 a.m – United Airlines confirms that Flight 175, from Boston to Los Angeles, has crashed with 56 passengers and nine crew members aboard. Emergency personnel at the scene say there are no survivors.
12:15 p.m – The immigration and Naturalization Service says U.S borders with Canada and Mexico are on the highest state of alert.
1:04 p.m – Bush says the U.S. military is on high alert worldwide. “Make no mistake, the United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts.”