2011 marks the 10th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States of America. As the sun rose on September 11, 2001 millions of New-Yorkers woke to a beautiful day. Some commuters were making the trip to south Manhattan where the World Trade Center and its Twin Towers stood - home to some of the biggest financial firms. It seemed like just another ordinary day. In Washington, it was business as usual - some going to the Pentagon, others across the Potomac River were getting ready for a Congress session. For those heading to an airport to catch a flight, weather conditions could not have been better for a safe and pleasant journey. By 8 am, amongst the everyday travellers were 19 hijackers who had boarded transcontinental flights - all defeating the security procedures that America's airports had in place to prevent these occurrences. At 8:46 am, the clear blue sky in south Manhattan was suddenly overshadowed as American Airlines flight 11 suddenly and unexpectedly crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Thick white smoke explodes out from the top of the north face, stunning New Yorkers who have witnessed it below. A gaping hole, through floors 93 to 99, left many to believe that a terrible accident had happened. Burning fire in the upper floors traps people. For some, the heat and suffocating smoke is so intense that to jump from the building is the only option. But the world is unaware that the worst was still to come. Then, shortly after 9 am, at 950 km/h, a clear message is delivered: the first plane to crash is not an accident - America is under attack. The next plane, United Airlines flight 175, strikes levels 78 to 85 of the South Tower, forming a barrier between hope on the lower levels and despair above the impact zone. The wingtip grazes the 78th floor sky lobby, instantly killing dozens of people waiting for elevators. Meanwhile, many in the Pentagon in Washington receive phone calls telling them to turn on their televisions. Like so many they watch in horror the smoke coming from the World Trade Center as the live pictures are broadcast. Suddenly, without any warning, American Airlines Flight 77 containing 5 hijackers crashes into the western side of the Pentagon and starts a violent fire. The passengers and crewmembers are all killed instantly. The blast from the plane and the heat from the resulting fire kill 125 Pentagon personnel. At 9.45 am all United States airspace is shut down and civilian aircraft are grounded. All flights are ordered to land at the nearest airports as soon as possible. United Airlines Flight 93 also receives the order to land but no reply comes back from the cockpit. Back in New York, the South Tower collapses, 56 minutes after being struck. As the roar of the collapse goes silent, a gray white cloud of powder concrete and gypsum rushes through the streets. People are covered in dust, rubbing their eyes and looking dazed. The streets of New York look like a war zone. The landscape is unrecognizable. It is estimated that the collapse of the South Tower killed 630 people, almost everyone above the impact zone. At 10:03 am the last hijacked plane will miss its target, thanks to the courage of the passengers who revolt against the hijackers onboard. Amidst the chaos, the aircraft ploughs into an empty field in Shanksville Pennsylvania, fragmenting upon impact. Flight 93's intended target still remains a mystery. From the moment Flight 11 hit the North Tower evacuations proceeded efficiently. The elevators were all unusable, however three stairways survived. The 102 minutes between the impact and collapse allowed the vast majority of the workers below the impact zone to escape the building safely. No one on the 91st floor or above is believed to have survived. It is estimated that approx. thirteen hundred people on these floors perished. Soon after ...
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