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Timeline in Terrorist Attacks of Sept. 11, 2001




Staff and Wire Reports

September 12, 2001; 9:04 p.m.

A timeline of the attacks in the United States on Tuesday (times EDT), according to witnesses, authorities and media reports:

7:45-7:59 a.m.: American Airlines Flight 11 departed Boston for Los Angeles.

7:58-8:14 a.m.: United Airlines Flight 175 departed Boston for Los Angeles.

8:01-8:42 a.m.: United Airlines Flight 93 departed Newark for San Francisco.

8:10-8:20 a.m.: American Airlines Flight 77 departed Dulles for Los Angeles.

8:38 a.m.: The Federal Aviation Administration notified the military air defense command of a hijacking.

8:43 a.m.: The FAA notified military authorities of a second hijacking.

8:46 a.m.: American Airlines Flight 11, carrying 92 people from Boston to Los Angeles, crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

8:53 a.m.: The fighter jets from Otis Air Force Base took off and headed toward New York City.

8:55 a.m.: Flight 77 began turning east, away from its intended course.

9:02 a.m: United Airlines Flight 175, carrying 65 people from Boston to Los Angeles, crashes into south tower of the World Trade Center.

9:10 a.m.: Flight 77 was detected by radar in West Virginia, heading east.

9:25 a.m. :The FAA notified military air defense that Flight 77 was headed toward Washington.

9:25 a.m.: Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled at a Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

9:28 a.m.: President Bush in Florida calls the crashes an "apparent terrorist attack on our country."

9:35 a.m.: The jets from Langley took off.

9:37 a.m.: American Airlines Flight 77, carrying 64 people from Washington to Los Angeles, crashed into the west side of the Pentagon.

9:48 a.m.: The Capitol and West Wing of the White House were evacuated.

9:49 a.m.: The Federal Aviation Administration bars aircraft takesoffs across the country. International flights in progress told to land in Canada.

9:50 a.m.: 1 World Trade Center – the south tower – collapses.

9:55 a.m.: President Bush leaves Florida for a secure location, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana.

10:10 a.m.: Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania. The military never sent planes up to intercept the flight. A senior military official said the Pentagon was not informed prior to the crash of any problems with the flight.

10:29 a.m.: 2 World Trade Center – the north tower – collapses.

10-11:30 a.m.: Government buildings around the country are evacuated, including the Capitol and the White House. The United Nations closes. The Securities and Exchange Commission closes all U.S. financial markets for the day. New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani calls for evacuation of lower Manhattan.

12:36 p.m.: Bush again goes on TV to express the nation's resolve to defend against terrorism.

1:20 p.m.: Bush leaves Louisiana for secure for Offutt AFB in Nebraska, where he again addresses the nation on TV.

2:51 p.m.: The Navy dispatches missile destroyers and other equipment to New York and Washington.

4:30 p.m.: Bush departs Nebraska, arriving in Washington at 6:50.

5:25 p.m.: 7 World Trade Center collapses.

NOTE: Pentagon times for aircraft takeoffs differ from times cited by the FBI for departure. Crash times differ as well

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