Remembering 14 Years Ago


KyleR, Staff Reporter

Fourteen years ago on this day, three Boeing 747s were high jacked by a group associated with the Taliban attacked the Twin Towers and Washington D.C. and killed 3,380 people from 115 different nations. By the numbers here’s how many were affected:

Total Killed in New York: 2,753 people

Total Emergency Response Killed: 403 people

Total Remains found: 21,906 remains

Americans who knew someone hurt or killed on 9/11: 20%

Estimated number who lost a spouse: 1,609 people

Estimated children who lost a parent: 3,051 children

Estimated New Yorkers suffering from PTSD: 422,000 people

The attacks are considered the worst attack on America since Pearl Harbor in 1941. Parallels have been drawn between the two events and both described as day that will live in infamy. Afterward, the fires didn’t stop burning until 99 days after and cleanup cost $600 million. The New York Stock Exchange was shut down for the next six days and 26 days afterward the US began bombing Afghanistan. Here’s the timeline of events on September 11, 2001:

8:45 a.m. (EDT): American Airlines Flight 11 with 92 passengers and crew crashes into the North Tower of the Twin Towers.

9:03 a.m. (EDT): United Airlines Flight 175 with 65 passengers and crew onboard smashes into the South Tower.

9:31 a.m. (EDT): President George W. Bush calls the two airplane crashes a “terrorist attack on our country.”

9:40 a.m. (EDT): American Airlines Flight 77 carrying 64 people onboard crashes into the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and trading on Wall Street stops.

9:48 a.m. (EDT): The Capital building and the West Wing of the White House in Washington D.C. are evacuated.

9:49 a.m. (EDT): The Federal Aviation Administration grounds all aircraft takeoffs in the US and tell international flights to the US to land in Canada.

9:50 a.m. (EDT): The South Tower of the World Trade Center falls.

10:29 a.m. (EDT): The North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.

10:37 a.m. (EDT): Officials confirm that United Airlines Flight 93 has crashed 80 miles from Pittsburg. Of the 45 passengers and crew onboard, none are believed to have survived.

10-11:30 a.m. (EDT): Government buildings around the United States are closed down and evacuated. The United Nations is shut down and all financial markets are closed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani orders an evacuation of lower Manhattan.

1:20 p.m. (EDT): President George W. Bush leave from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana for a secure, unknown location.

2:51 p.m. (EDT): The US Navy dispatches missile destroyers and other military equipment to Washington D.C. and New York.

5:25 p.m. (EDT): Seven World Trade Center falls in New York.

Now 14 years later, a memorial stands where the Twins Towers once stood with the names of those who died there. In Newark, New Jersey a memorial stands for the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who stopped the high jacker from crashing the plane into the White House. In total: 3,019 names.