All times are Eastern Standard Time
Plane hits WTC.
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.
- 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.
- The Federal Aviation Administration shuts down all
New York City area airports.
- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
orders all bridges and tunnels in the New York area closed.
- President Bush, speaking in Sarasota, Florida,
says the country has suffered an "apparent terrorist attack."
- The FAA halts all flight operations at U.S.
airports, the first time in U.S. history that air traffic nationwide has
- American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the
Pentagon, sending up a huge plume of smoke. Evacuation begins immediately.
- The White House evacuates.
- Bush departs from Florida.
- The south tower of the World Trade Center
collapses, plummeting into the streets below. A massive cloud of dust and
debris forms and slowly drifts away from the building.
- Secret Service agents armed with automatic rifles
are deployed into Lafayette Park across from the White House.
- A portion of the Pentagon collapses.
- United Airlines Flight 93, also hijacked, crashes
in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh.
- The United Nations building evacuates, including
4,700 people from the headquarters building and 7,000 total from UNICEF and
U.N. development programs.
- In Washington, the State and Justice departments
are evacuated, along with the World Bank.
- The FAA reports that all inbound transatlantic
aircraft flying into the United States are being diverted to Canada.
Pennsylvania crash scene
- The World Trade Center's north tower collapses
from the top down as if it were being peeled apart, releasing a tremendous
cloud of debris and smoke.
- All federal office buildings in Washington are
- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell cuts short
his trip to Latin America to return to the United States.
First tower falls.
- Police confirm the plane crash in Pennsylvania.
- New York's primary elections, scheduled for
Tuesday, are postponed.
- Israel evacuates all diplomatic missions.
- New York Gov. George Pataki says all state
government offices are closed.
- New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani urges New
Yorkers to stay at home and orders an evacuation of the area south of Canal
- CNN reports that the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention is preparing emergency-response teams in a precautionary
- 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.
- United Airlines reports that United Flight 93, en
route from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco, California, has crashed in
Pennsylvania. The airline also says that it is "deeply concerned"
about United Flight 175.
- United Airlines confirms that Flight 175, from
Boston to Los Angeles, has crashed with 56 passengers and nine crew members
aboard. It hit the World Trade Center's south tower.
- Los Angeles International Airport, the destination
of three of the crashed airplanes, is evacuated.
- San Francisco International Airport is evacuated
and shut down. The airport was the destination of United Airlines Flight 93,
which crashed in Pennsylvania.
Second tower falls.
- The Immigration and Naturalization Service says
U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico are on the highest state of alert, but
no decision has been made about closing borders.
- The FAA says 50 flights are in U.S. airspace, but
none are reporting any problems.
- Bush, speaking from Barksdale Air Force Base in
Louisiana, says that all appropriate security measures are 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."
- A state of emergency is declared by the city of
- The Pentagon says five warships and two aircraft
carriers will leave the U.S. Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia, to protect
the East Coast from further attack and to reduce the number of ships in
port. The two carriers, the USS George Washington and the USS John F.
Kennedy, are headed for the New York coast. The other ships headed to sea
are frigates and guided missile destroyers capable of shooting down
- Bush leaves Barksdale Air Force Base aboard Air
Force One and flies to an Air Force base in Nebraska.
Bush: "Attacks cowardly."
- Senior FBI sources tell CNN they are working on
the assumption that the four airplanes that crashed were hijacked as part of
a terrorist attack.
- The FAA announces there will be no U.S. commercial
air traffic until noon EDT Wednesday at the earliest.
- At a news conference, Giuliani says that subway
and bus service are partially restored in New York City. 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."
- Karen Hughes, a White House counselor, says the
president is at an undisclosed location, later revealed to be Offutt Air
Force Base in Nebraska, and is conducting a National Security Council
meeting by phone. Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser
Condoleezza Rice are in a secure facility at the White House. Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is at the Pentagon.
- Giuliani now says the number of critically injured
in New York City is up to 200 with 2,100 total injuries reported.
- CNN National Security Correspondent David Ensor
reports that U.S. officials say there are "good indications" that
Saudi militant Osama bin Laden, suspected of coordinating the bombings of
two U.S. embassies in 1998, is involved in the attacks, based on "new
and specific" information developed since the attacks.
- California Gov. Gray Davis dispatches urban
search-and-rescue teams to New York.
- Building 7 of the World Trade Center complex is
reported on fire.
New York Mayor Giuliani
- 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."
- The American Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq and the
New York Stock Exchange say they will remain closed Wednesday.
- The president leaves Offutt Air Force Base in
Nebraska aboard Air Force One to return to Washington.
- CNN Military Affairs Correspondent Jamie McIntyre
reports fires are still burning in part of the Pentagon. No death figures
have been released yet.
- The 47-story Building 7 of the World Trade Center
complex collapses. The evacuated building is damaged when the twin towers
across the street collapse earlier in the day. Other nearby buildings in the
area remain ablaze.
- CNN Senior White House Correspondent John King
reports that U.S. officials say the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania could
have been headed for one of three possible targets: Camp David, the White
House or the U.S. Capitol building.
- Explosions are heard in Kabul, Afghanistan, hours
after terrorist attacks targeted financial and military centers in the
United States. The attacks occurred at 2:30 a.m. local time. Afghanistan is
believed to be where bin Laden, who U.S. officials say is possibly behind
Tuesday's deadly attacks, is located. U.S. officials say later that the
United States had no involvement in the incident whatsoever. The attack is
credited to the Northern Alliance, a group fighting the Taliban in the
country's ongoing civil war.
- Giuliani urges New Yorkers to stay home Wednesday
if they can.
- 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 says.
- Bush arrives back at the White House aboard Marine
One and is scheduled to address the nation at 8:30 p.m. The president
earlier landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland with a three-fighter
jet escort. CNN's John King reports Laura Bush arrived earlier by motorcade
from a "secure location."
- U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft says the FBI
is setting up a Web site for tips on the attacks: www.ifccfbi.gov. He also
says family and friends of possible victims can leave contact information at
- CNN's Paula Zahn reports the Marriott Hotel near
the World Trade Center is on the verge of collapse and says some New York
bridges are now open to outbound traffic.
- The New York Police Department says 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.
- President Bush addresses the nation, saying
"thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil" and asks 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 says. The president says the U.S. government will make no distinction
between the terrorists who committed the acts and those who harbor them. He
adds that government offices in Washington are reopening for essential
personnel Tuesday night and for all workers Wednesday.
- CNN's McIntyre reports the fire at the Pentagon is
still burning and is considered contained but not under control.
- Giuliani says New York City schools will be closed
Wednesday and no more volunteers are needed for Tuesday evening's rescue
efforts. He says there is hope that there are still people alive in rubble.
He also says that power is out on the westside of Manhattan and that health
department tests show there are no airborne chemical agents about which to
- CNN Congressional Correspondent Jonathan Karl
reports that Attorney General Ashcroft told members of Congress that there
were three to five hijackers on each plane armed only with knives.
- CNN's Zahn reports that New York City police
believe there are people alive in buildings near the World Trade Center.
- CNN Washington Bureau Chief Frank Sesno reports
that a government official told him there was an open microphone on one of
the hijacked planes and that sounds of discussion and "duress"
were heard. Sesno also reports a source says law enforcement has
"credible" information and leads and is confident about the
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