September 11: Timeline of Events

5:43 a.m. - Hijackers check in at Portland Airport.

6:00 a.m. - Two hijackers fly to Boston.
American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into north tower of the WTC.


6:20 a.m.-7:48 a.m.- Hijackers arrive at airports and board flights.

8:13 a.m. - Flight 11 makes its last communication with Air Traffic Control.

8:24 a.m. - Boston Air Traffic Controllers hear Flight 11 hijacker say, ‘We Have Some Planes,’ but are uncertain of the origin of transmission.

8:45 a.m.: Hijacked passenger jet, American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, Massachusetts, crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center. 

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.

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."

9:40 a.m.: The FAA halts all flight operations at U.S. airports; this was the first time in U.S. history that air traffic nationwide was halted.

9:43 a.m.: American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon; evacuation begins immediately.

American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon.

9:45 a.m.: The White House evacuates.

9:57 a.m.: President Bush departs from Florida.

10:05 a.m.: The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses.

10:08 a.m.: Secret Service agents armed with automatic rifles are deployed into Lafayette Park across from the White House.

10:10 a.m.: A portion of the Pentagon collapses.

10:10 a.m.: United Airlines Flight 93, also hijacked, crashes in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh.

A portion of the Pentagon collapses.

10:13 a.m.: The United Nations building evacuates.

10:22 a.m.: In Washington, the State and Justice departments are evacuated, along with the World Bank.

10:24 a.m.: The FAA reports that all inbound transatlantic aircraft flying into the United States are being diverted to Canada.

10:28 a.m.: The World Trade Center's north tower collapses from the top down.

10:45 a.m.: All federal office buildings in Washington are evacuated.

10.46 a.m.: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell cuts short his trip to Latin America to return to the United States.

10.48 a.m.: Police confirm the plane crash in Pennsylvania.

10:53 a.m.: New York's primary elections, scheduled for Tuesday, are postponed.

10:54 a.m.: Israel evacuates all diplomatic missions.

10:57 a.m.: New York Gov. George Pataki says all state government offices are closed.

United Airlines Flight 175 hits WTC's south tower.

11:02 a.m.: New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani urges New Yorkers to stay at home and orders an evacuation of the area south of Canal Street.

11:18 a.m.: American Airlines reports it has lost two aircraft. American Flight 11, a Boeing 767 flying from Boston to Los Angeles, had 81 passengers and 11 crew aboard. Flight 77, a Boeing 757 en route from Washington's Dulles International Airport to Los Angeles, had 58 passengers and six crew members aboard. Flight 11 slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Flight 77 hit the Pentagon.

11:26 a.m.: United Airlines reports that United Flight 93, en route from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco, California, crashed in Pennsylvania. The airline also states that it is "deeply concerned" about United Flight 175.

11:59 a.m.: United Airlines confirms that Flight 175, from Boston to Los Angeles, crashed with 56 passengers and nine crew members aboard. It hit the World Trade Center's south tower.

12:04 p.m.: Los Angeles International Airport, the destination of three of the crashed airplanes, is evacuated.

12:15 p.m.: San Francisco International Airport is evacuated and shut down. The airport was the destination of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania.

12:15 p.m.: The Immigration and Naturalization Service issues highest alerts at U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico.

United Flight 93 crashes in Pennsylvania.

12:30 p.m.: The FAA says 50 flights were in U.S. airspace, but none reported any problems.

1:04 p.m.: Bush, speaking from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, says all appropriate security measures were being taken, including putting the U.S. military on high alert worldwide. He asks for prayers for those killed or wounded in the attacks and says, "Make no mistake, the United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts."

1:27 p.m.: A state of emergency is declared by the city of Washington.

1:44 p.m.: The Pentagon states that five warships and two aircraft carriers would leave the U.S. Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia, to protect the East Coast from further attack. The two carriers, the USS George Washington and the USS John F. Kennedy headed for the New York coast.

1:48 p.m.: Bush leaves Barksdale Air Force Base aboard Air Force One and flies to an Air Force base in Nebraska.

2:30 p.m.: The FAA announces there would be no U.S. commercial air traffic until noon EDT Wednesday at the earliest.

President Bush conducts National Security Council meeting by phone.

2:49 p.m.: At a news conference, Giuliani states that subway and bus services were partially restored in New York City. When he is asked about the number of people killed, Giuliani says, "I don't think we want to speculate about that -- more than any of us can bear."

3:55 p.m.: Karen Hughes, a White House counselor, indicates the president was at an undisclosed location, later revealed to be Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. There, he conducted a National Security Council meeting by phone. Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice were in a secure facility at the White House. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was at the Pentagon.

3:55 p.m.: Giuliani now says the number of critically injured in New York City is up to 200 with 2,100 total injuries reported.

4 p.m.: Reports from various news outlets indicate Osama bin Laden is responsible for the attacks.

4:06 p.m.: California Gov. Gray Davis dispatches urban search-and-rescue teams to New York.

4:10 p.m.: Building 7 of the World Trade Center complex is reported on fire.

As many as half of the first 400 firefighters on the scene were killed.

4:20 p.m.: U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Florida, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says he was "not surprised there was an attack, but was surprised at the specificity." He says he was "shocked at what actually happened; the extent of it."

4:25 p.m.: The American Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange indicate they would remain closed Wednesday.

4:30 p.m.: The president leaves Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska aboard Air Force One to return to Washington.

5:20 p.m.: The 47-story Building 7 of the World Trade Center complex collapses. The evacuated building was damaged when the twin towers collapsed.

6:10 p.m.:Giuliani urges New Yorkers to stay home Wednesday if they can.

6:40 p.m.: Rumsfeld, the U.S. defense secretary, holds a news conference in the Pentagon, noting the building is operational. "It will be in business tomorrow," he said.

6:54 p.m.: Bush arrives back at the White House aboard Marine One and schedules to address the nation.

7:45 p.m.: The New York Police Department indicates that at least 78 officers are missing. The city also says that as many as half of the first 400 firefighters on the scene were killed.

"These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve," President Bush said, in an address to the nation.

8:30 p.m.: President Bush addresses the nation, saying "thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil" and asked for prayers for the families and friends of Tuesday's victims. "These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve," he said. The president went on to say that the U.S. government would make no distinction between the terrorists who committed the acts and those who harbored them.

9:57 p.m.: Giuliani says New York City schools would be closed Wednesday and no more volunteers were needed for Tuesday evening's rescue efforts. He said there was hope that there were still people alive in rubble.

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