The 9/11 timeline has been engraved into America’s soul. Today, the exact 9/11 timeline is being recounted once more, although the milestones from that morning have already passed. Most of the major events happened before noon, as the nation was scrambling to recover, and fear for even worse terror, that afternoon. But by the night, the country was assured that there would be no more attacks that day, and was already beginning the mourning process. That process is still going on during the 9’th anniversary, as the 9/11 timeline remains fresh even now.
Already, the memorial services are passing, as people in New York and the nation have held their moments of silence. It all started at 8:46 am, just as it did nine years ago. At that exact time, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower, beginning the cataclysm to come.
The 9/11 timeline started at 8:46 a.m., with the next milestone coming at 9:03 a.m. At that moment, United Airlines Flight 175 struck the south tower, which convinced everyone that the first plane crash was no accident. By then, the nation realized that it was under attack, which was confirmed by President Bush at 9:30 am.
At 9:43 am, the Pentagon was struck by American Airlines Flight 77, three minutes after the FAA halted all flights from airports. Then, at 10:05 am, the 9/11 timeline turned even more tragic, as the south tower plummeted onto the ground.
As citizens were running from the dust and debris in New York, United 82 made its fateful decent into Somerset County, Pennsylvania at 10:10 am, before another attack could take place. But at 10:28 am, the north tower went down as well. At that point, the 9/11 timeline of events officially became the most horrific on American soil in decades.
By this point, much of the damage was over, as the next several hours were devoted to news about the flights, the damage, and who was involved. Yet at 5:20 pm, Building 7 of the World Trade Center complex also collapsed, to put a cap on the day’s violence.
Every year at this time, the 9/11 timeline is analyzed all over again, mostly centering on when the towers were hit, and when they collapsed. This year, it is even being recapped as part of a new App, from the National September 11 Museum and Memorial and iTunes.
The memories stand to get even more attention next year, at the 10’th anniversary. This year, the 9/11 timeline is being recapped alongside other ugly stories, like the Ground Zero mosque controversy and the feared burning of Korans. But the hope is that nothing worse will overshadow next year’s major anniversary, which may be the most extensive yet to come.
CNN- “September 11: Chronology of terror”