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9/11 Primary and Secondary Sources
Transcript of 9/11 Primary and Secondary Sources
Live Coverage as Events unfold
13 minutes later a second plane strikes the South Tower.
At 9:43am a Third plane strikes the Pentagon building in Washington D.C. killing 125 civilian and military personnel.
By 10:28 both the North and South Towers collapse killing more than 2600 people including 450+ first responders.
At 10:10am a forth flight crashes in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers attempt to retake the plane. All 33 passengers and 7 crew members were killed.
"Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us."
–Sen. John Kerry
Reflections and Memories
By 9:30am President George W. Bush was notified of the attacks while visiting an elementary school in Florida.
Timeline of Events
8:45 a.m. (all times are EDT): A hijacked passenger jet, American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, Massachusetts, crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center, tearing a gaping hole in the building and setting it afire.
Plane hits WTC
Plane hits WTC.
9:03 a.m.: A second hijacked airliner, United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston, crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center and explodes. Both buildings are burning.
9:17 a.m.: The Federal Aviation Administration shuts down all New York City area airports.
9:21 a.m.: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey orders all bridges and tunnels in the New York area closed.
9:30 a.m.: President Bush, speaking in Sarasota, Florida, says the country has suffered an "apparent terrorist attack."
President Addresses the Nation 8:30pm
ADDRESS TO THE NATION ON THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS
THE OVAL OFFICE
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
Good evening. Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes, or in their offices; secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers; moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.
Live news coverage following the first plane striking the North Tower at 8:45am EDT.
Detailed list of events compiled after an investigation of multiple sources including phonecalls, interviews and official/public records.