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08:46 EDT

9/11 Attacks: 08:46 EDT

American Airlines flight 11 crashes at a speed of around 790 km/h between floors 93-99 of the World Trade Center's North Tower. There were 92 passengers on board, all of whom were killed.

  • 9/11 ten years later

    08:46 EDT

    9/11 Attacks: 08:46 EDT

    American Airlines flight 11 crashes at a speed of around 790 km/h between floors 93-99 of the World Trade Center's North Tower. There were 92 passengers on board, all of whom were killed.

  • 9/11 ten years later

    09:02 EDT

    9/11 Attacks: 09:02 EDT

    United Airlines flight 175 hits the World Trade Center's South Tower between floors 77-85 at a speed of around 950 km/h. All 65 passengers and crew were killed.

  • 9/11 ten years later

    09:05 EDT

    9/11 Attacks: 09:05 EDT

    Visiting an elementary school in Florida, President George W. Bush is told by White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card that "A second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack".

  • 9/11 ten years later

    08:48- 10:28 EDT

    9/11 Attacks: 08:48- 10:28 EDT

    As offices in the North Tower begin to fill with smoke, people hang out of windows in order to breathe.

  • 9/11 ten years later

    08:48- 10:28 EDT

    9/11 Attacks: 08:48- 10:28 EDT

    A person trapped in the North Tower jumps to his or her death. It's estimated that between 100-250 jumped from the smoke-filled towers. One firefighter on the ground was killed by a falling body.

  • 9/11 ten years later

    09:43 EDT

    9/11 Attacks: 09:43 EDT

    The immediate aftermath of American Airlines flight 77 hitting the Pentagon. 64 passengers and crew and 125 Pentagon personnel are killed.

  • 9/11 ten years later

    09:59 EDT

    9/11 Attacks: 09:59 EDT

    The South Tower of the World Trade Centre takes 10 seconds to collapse, 56 minutes after the collision with flight 175.

  • 9/11 ten years later

    10:03 EDT

    9/11 Attacks: 10:03 EDT

    United Airlines flight 93 crashes into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Passengers on board had tried to retake control of the plane from hijackers five minutes earlier. All 44 passengers and crew were killed.

  • 9/11 ten years later

    10:28 EDT

    9/11 Attacks: 10:28 EDT

    The North Tower of the World Trade Center takes nine seconds to collapse to the ground, one hour and 41 minutes after the impact with flight 11. Around 2,600 people in both towers and on the ground lost their lives. 343 were fire-fighters, 23 were NYPD officers and 37 worked for the Port Authority.

  • 9/11 ten years later

    The aftermath

    9/11 Attacks: The aftermath

    Firefighters and police begin the process of clearing 1.5 million tonnes of debris from "Ground Zero", where the Twin Towers once stood. Eleven people were pulled alive from the rubble on September 12. The clean-up operation ended in May 2002.

  • 9/11 ten years later

    The consequences

    9/11 Attacks: The consequences

    By lunchtime on 9/11, al-Qaeda, led by Afghanistan-based Osama Bin Laden, had become the perpetrators in the eyes of the US intelligence community and the media. The US and NATO began military operations in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001.

9/11 interviews

  • Christie Coombs
    9/11 widow
    and fundraiser
    Christie Coombs
  • John Devlin
    1st responder
    at ground zero
    John Devlin
  • Ken George
    1st responder
    at ground zero
    Ken George
  • Neta Crawford
    political analyst
    on the costs of war
    Neta Crawford
  • Suzanne Niederer
    mother of
    soldier killed in Iraq
    Suzanne Niederer

euronews reports

Lost in Guantanamo

Lost in Guantanamo

One of President Obama's promises had been to close Guantanamo prison by January 2010. It is still open and still holds some 200 prisoners, whose fate is far from certain.

Counting the cost of 9/11

Counting the cost of 9/11

Jeff Coombs was on the plane which crashed into the North Tower. The flight had originated from Boston where today, in their home in Massachusetts, his widow Christie shows the family portrait taken just one week before his death.

US anger at home as Afghan, Iraq wars drag on

US anger at home as Afghan, Iraq wars drag on

Nine years after the United States vowed to triumph over terrorism, backed by an international community united after the September 11 attacks on American soil, Washington today is hard-pressed to justify waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which many critics at home see as unwinnable.



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the same breathless questions
shooting out through the night
agony's very own untiring voice
fingerprints on endless websites
hit replay, hit replay, hit replay
2417 visits in three cold months

smoke, approaching, screaming,
explosion, screaming, falling
dust, panic, where is he today?
oh my God, oh sweet Jesus!
what did he say this morning?
where did he say he was going?

grainy pictures make a shrine
visitors stop their enquiries
no one answers the little boy
so what was it all for then?
who won what in the end?
is anyone else better off?

does anyone cry for my daddy?
did they know he'd be there?
why did he stay to help others?
way way up on the 92nd floor
will I ever get any answers?
will they just one day forget?

By Seamus Kearney


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