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What happened on 9/11, 17 years ago

Mukul : risingbd.com
Publish on: 2018-09-11 11:39:16 AM     ||     Updated: 2018-09-11 4:36:16 PM

International Desk: It's the 17th anniversary of September 11, 2001, the date of the deadliest attacks on US soil since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in World War II.

Nearly 3,000 people died in the 9/11 attacks, which The New York Times called the "worst and most audacious terror attack in American history."

The nation is still working to move past the tragedy.

These photos tell the story of what happened that morning, much of which was captured on live television.

The morning of September 11, 2001, started off like any other. The Twin Towers stood tall in the Financial District, as they had for more than 30 years.

At 8:46 a.m., American Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. At first, newscasters weren't sure whether it was an accident or a deliberate attack.

At 9:03 a.m., United Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower, leaving no doubt that this was an attack. Some news channels captured the moment on live television.

The second plane exploded upon impact, caused by the ignition of its fuel. Now both buildings were burning.

People stared from the windows of the Towers, trapped by smoke and flames and destroyed staircases.

At 9:40 a.m., American Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. Five minutes later, for the first time in history, the FAA ordered all aircraft to land at the nearest airport.

At 9:59 a.m. the South Tower collapsed.

At 9:59 a.m. the South Tower collapsed.

At 10:03 a.m., hijacked flight United Flight 93 crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The plane's target was believed to be the US Capitol. The passengers on board tried to gain control of the flight and divert the hijackers after learning of the other attacks.

At 10:28 a.m. the North Tower collapsed. It took only 12 seconds for the Towers to fall.
2,753 people were killed in the New York attack.

That number includes 343 firefighters and paramedics and 60 police officers who rushed to help in the aftermath.

Another 40 people were killed in Pennsylvania and 184 died in Washington, DC, for a total of nearly 3,000 people.

After the terrorist attacks, President Bush declared a "War on Terror," targeting the Al Qaeda terrorists responsible for the attack. Al Qaeda's leader, Osama Bin Laden, was killed 10 years later. The national response included a large expansion of America's security efforts.

In the years after the attack, a Tribute in Light marked the spot where the towers once were.

Now, the 9/11 Memorial is open to the public to commemorate the tragedy.

Source: Agencies

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