Unity Memorial timeline captures the events of September 11…
September 11, 2001, began as an idyllic day along the East Coast. Blue skies and pleasant temperatures held the promise of a beautiful day, but as millions of Americans began their morning, four airplanes – American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77, and United Airlines Flight 93 – were hijacked by Islamic extremists, setting in motion the deadliest attacks ever on American soil.
8:19 a.m. – 9:28 a.m.: Four planes, American Airlines Flight 11, American Airlines Flight 77, United Airlines Flight 175 and American Airlines Flight 175 – are hijacked.
8:46:30: American Airlines Flight 11 crashes at roughly 466 m.p.h. into the north face of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, between floors 93 and 99.
9:03: United Flight 175 crashes at about 590 m.p.h. into the south face of the South Tower of the World Trade Center, between floors 77 and 85.
9:37: American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the western side of the Pentagon and starts a violent fire.
9:59: The South Tower of the World Trade Center begins to collapse, 56 minutes and 2 second after the impact of Flight 175. Its destruction is viewed and heard by a vast television and radio audience.
10:03: United Airlines Flight 93 is crashed by its hijackers and passengers, due to fighting in the cockpit 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Somerset County, Pa.
10:28:25: The North Tower of the World Trade Center begins to collapse. The second collapse is also viewed live on television and heard on radio. The North Tower collapses 1 hour, 41 minutes and 45 seconds after the impact of Flight 11.
10:50:19: Five stories of part of the Pentagon collapse due to the fire.
5:20: 7 World Trade Center, a 47-story building, collapses. Due to the emergency personnel having enough time to evacuate the building since the collapse of the North Tower, there are no injuries or deaths as a result of the collapse.
2,996 people died as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Included among the dead were 343 FDNY firefighters, who rushed to the scene of the attacks in New York City and save countless lives.