Evolution of the mass terrorist attack on the morning of September 11, 2001 – Source: FBI – Graphics: TAN DAT – Data: BAO DUY
“This is an unprecedented attack in the history of terrorism, in terms of its scale. This is the largest-scale attack by a foreign force on US soil,” said scholar Brian Michael Jenkins of the group. RAND Research Organization about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
On this day, 19 Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial planes of two airlines United Airlines and American Airlines.
Two Boeing 767s crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) complex in New York City, causing the collapse of all 7 towers in the area.
In Washington DC, an American Airlines Boeing 757 crashed to the west of the Pentagon headquarters, causing a devastating fire, killing all 64 people on board (including 5 terrorists) and 125 people. On the ground.
Different angles capture the terrifying moment when the second Boeing 767 crashed into WTC 2 (south tower) at 9:03 am on September 11, 2001 – Source: YOUTUBE
After the attack at the Pentagon, the entire US airspace became a no-fly zone. However, there was still one plane that disobeyed.
It was a Boeing 757 belonging to United Airlines Flight 93 that was hijacked by four hijackers. Due to the late take-off, the crew and passengers heard about the attack in New York.
The passengers on the plane decided to fight the hijackers, causing the plane to crash into Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03.
No one knows what the ultimate goal of the hijackers on Flight 93 was, but according to investigators, if it were not for the brave actions of the passengers, the Capitol – where the US Congress is located – or The White House may have been destroyed.
Smoke rises from WTC 1 (north tower) after the crash at 8:46 am on September 11, 2001. The American people and television at first thought that this was just an accident involving a small civilian aircraft – Photo: AP
Americans watching the aftermath of the crash into the WTC 1. According to the Netflix documentary “The Turning Point”, those who did not witness it directly thought that this was an accident controlled by some bad pilot. small aircraft – Photo: AP
The moment the second Boeing 767 crashed into WTC 2 (south tower), about 18 minutes after the first Boeing 767 crashed into WTC 1 (north tower) – Photo: REUTERS
The second stab at the WTC 2 court made all Americans realize that there was no accident, but an attack on the symbols of the United States. The attack happened while evacuation and firefighting were underway at WTC 1 and 2 – Photo: REUTERS
Hundreds of people on the upper floors of the twin towers were trapped. There have been desperate people, unable to stand the heat, jumped down… – Photo: AP
In documentaries about 9/11, many witnesses said that moment in their heads only questions like “Why was America attacked? Who did this?” – Photo: AP
The Boeing 757 crashed into the Pentagon at 9:37 am on September 11, 2001 – Source: YOUTUBE AP NEWS
The Pentagon headquarters partially collapsed after the attack. Fuel from the plane spilled out, creating a big fire – Photo: REUTERS
64 people on the plane (including 5 terrorists) and 125 people at the Pentagon were killed when the plane crashed directly into their workplace – Photo: REUTERS
Investigators examine the site where Flight 93’s Boeing 757 crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The brave act of passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 foiled a fourth terrorist plot. This is the last plane hijacked by hijackers on September 11 – Photo: REUTERS
At 9:59 a.m., WTC 2 collapsed and just 29 minutes later, it was WTC 1’s turn. Thousands of people, including police and firefighters and office workers were trapped, buried instantly – Photo: AFP
Americans near the WTC complex fled in panic and ashes – Photo: AP
A firefighter was found by his comrades and pulled out of the rubble of the twin towers. The search for the missing person was extremely difficult in the days that followed when it was not possible to use heavy machinery to dig. The loading and unloading efforts are almost done by hand – Photo: AP
After the twin towers, other WTC buildings in the complex also fell one after another, with WTC 7 being the last. In the photo: Firefighters among the ruins of the twin towers – Photo: AP
Black smoke rises from the WTC complex. Dust and toxic substances released into the environment after the attack directly affected the firefighters and first responders to the scene. According to the History page, on September 11 alone, 300 firefighters were hospitalized for eye and respiratory problems – Photo: AP
The United States quickly found the person behind the terrible attack was Osama bin Laden, a member of a wealthy family in Saudi Arabia and the founder of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda. He was killed in 2011 after years of hiding in Pakistan. In the photo: A New York newspaper devoted its cover to the wanted poster for bin Laden in its September 18, 2001 issue, exactly one week after the event – Photo: REUTERS
Today’s WTC complex has completely changed, with the foundations of the twin towers becoming “Site Zero”, where two lakes were built and a memorial building for the victims. In 2007, WTC 7 was opened after completely new construction, marking the revival of the WTC complex. In the photo: High-powered lights are shining straight into the sky, symbolizing the two collapsed twin towers – Photo: REUTERS
Engraving of the names of the victims at the WTC memorial. Memorials were also erected at the Pentagon and where Flight 93 crashed. Every year, on September 11th, many people come to the memorial sites to lay flowers and stand silently, remembering the deceased – Photo: REUTERS