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9/11 revisited: The 102 minutes that changed America in pics, news clippings

world Updated: Sep 11, 2016 13:15 IST
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A timeline of the events which reshaped the course of US history.(AFP)

Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States that left nearly 3,000 people dead.

The Al-Qaeda plane hijackings of September 11, 2001 -- the first foreign attack on the US mainland in nearly two centuries -- ruptured a sense of safety and plunged the West into wars still being fought today.

Two planes smashed into New York’s World Trade Center, leaving 2,753 dead. A third hit the Pentagon in Washington, killing 184, and 40 more died after a fourth plane headed for Washington crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania after a passenger revolt.

Here is the timeline of the events that fateful morning, which reshaped the course of US history:

8:46 am - The first strike

An American Airlines Boeing 767 making a Boston-Los Angeles connection with 92 people on board -- including five hijackers -- smashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, leaving a giant hole in the building’s facade. Thick smoke trails into the sky from the tower’s upper floors.

9:03 am - Second tower hit

A United Airlines Boeing 767 making a Boston-Los Angeles connection with 65 people on board -- including five hijackers -- hits the South Tower of the WTC, sparking a massive explosion.

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9:30 am - Bush speaks

Then US president George W. Bush, in Sarasota, Florida, calls the blasts “an apparent terrorist attack.” He orders “a full-scale investigation to hunt down and to find those folks who committed these acts” and says he will immediately return to Washington.

In this photo released by The White House 16 September, 2001, US President George W Bush speaks by phone from Air Force One with US vice-president Dick Cheney after departing Air Force Base in Nebraska, 11 September, 2001. (AFP)

9:37 am - Pentagon hit

An American Airlines Boeing 757 making a Washington Dulles-Los Angeles connection with 64 people on board -- including five hijackers -- smashes into the Pentagon in suburban Washington, setting off two explosions.

Fishermen on a boat watch smoke rising from the Pentagon in Washington 11 September 2001. (AFP)

9:42 am - Planes grounded

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) orders the cancellation of all commercial flights in the United States.

A Luftansa flight from Frankfurt Germany destined for Atlanta, GA lands in Toronto, Canada after being diverted due to American airport closures, resulting from the highjacking of two aircraft that were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City 11 September 2001. (AFP)

9:59 am - South Tower collapses

The WTC’s South Tower, hit 56 minutes earlier, collapses in a huge cloud of smoke and dust.

The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses sending dust and smoke into the streets 11 September, 2001, in New York. (AFP)

10:03 am - Crash in Pennsylvania

A United Airlines Boeing 757 traveling from Newark to San Francisco with 44 people on board -- including four hijackers -- crashes into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers and crew apparently fought with the hijackers.

10:28 am - North Tower collapses

The north tower of the WTC collapses, an hour and 42 minutes after it was struck. A huge cloud of dust blankets lower Manhattan.

This 11 September 2001 file photo shows Marcy Borders covered in dust as she takes refuge in an office building after one of the World Trade Center towers collapsed in New York. Borders was caught outside on the street as the cloud of smoke and dust enveloped the area. The woman was caught outside on the street as the cloud of smoke and dust enveloped the area. (AFP)

The following day

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