September 11, 2001 is a day most Americans will never forget. An attack on America took place that day, and thousands of people lost their lives. The entire country was impacted by this tragic day's events. Kids are taught facts about September 11 in their homes and in their schools.

The Planes

Man in airport security scanning area
Man in airport security scanning area

It all started the morning of September 11, when terrorists boarded airplanes. Four airplanes headed for different destinations were hijacked that morning. Two of the planes targeted the World Trade Center in New York City. One plane targeted the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the fourth was heading for another building in Washington, D.C.

The Timeline

Skyline of New York with Twin Towers
Skyline of New York with Twin Towers

The first plane crashed into Tower 1 of the World Trade Center at 8:45 a.m. This plane was American Airlines Flight 11, which had departed from Boston’s Logan International Airport and was bound for Los Angeles International Airport. At 9:03 a.m., just 18 minutes later, United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into Tower 2 of the World Trade Center. This plane also took off from Boston’s Logan International Airport and was bound for Los Angeles International Airport. American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the west side of the Pentagon at 9:40 a.m. It departed from Washington Dulles International Airport and was also bound for Los Angeles International Airport. United Airlines Flight 93 was hijacked on its way toward Washington, D.C. Passengers on this flight fought against the terrorists. This plane never reached its intended destination but instead crashed to the ground at 10:07 a.m. near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

People on Board

Airplane in in flight
Airplane in in flight

Flight 11 carried 92 people on board. Flight 175 had 65 people on board. Flight 77 carried 64 passengers. Flight 93 had 44 people on board. Altogether, the four planes carried 265 people, none of which survived.

People Who Lost Their Lives

Firefighter at rescue site
Firefighter at rescue site

According to "New York" magazine, on September 5, 2002 the total number of casualties from this attack was calculated at 2,819. Of these people who lost their lives, 343 were paramedics or firefighters and 2,016 were employees at the World Trade Center.

When the Buildings Collapsed

Skyline of New York with Twin Towers
Skyline of New York with Twin Towers

Each of the three buildings that were hit collapsed throughout the morning. At 9:59 a.m., Tower 2 of the World Trade Center collapsed. Eleven minutes later, a walled section of the Pentagon collapsed, and at 10:28 that morning, Tower 1 of the World Trade Center collapsed.