Daily News (New York)

Wednesday 12 September 2001, SPORTS FINAL EDITION, NEWS; Pg. 24
'HOW THE TOWERS WENT DOWN: The Tragic Timeline'
[Timeline of the death of the World Trade Center:]

7:59 a.m.: American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 carrying 92 people, takes off from Boston's Logan International Airport bound for Los Angeles.

8:01 a.m.:United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 carrying 45 people to San Francisco, lifts off from Newark Airport.

8:10 a.m.: (approx.) - American Flight 77, a Boeing 757 carrying 64 people to Los Angeles, leaves Dulles International Airport in Washington.

8:14 a.m.: United Airlines Flight 175, another Boeing 767, with 65 people aboard, takes off from Boston heading to Los Angeles.

8:45 a.m.: Flight 11, apparently hijacked by terrorists, crashes into 1 World Trade Center (north tower). Evacuations begin as tower turns into high-rise inferno.

9:03 a.m.: United Flight 175, also apparently skyjacked - crashes into 2 World Trade (the south tower). The crash is caught by TV cameras on news helicopters at the scene. Smoke and fire erupt from gaping holes near the top of both 110-story buildings. The NYPD radio broadcasts a report that evacuation of 1 World Trade is proceeding, and confusion and terror reign on the streets below. People jump to their deaths from the towers.

9:06 a.m.: Police radio broadcasts "This was a terrorist attack. Notify the Pentagon."

9:08 a.m.: "Freeze all the airports. Freeze all the airports. Nothing in or out," the police radio blares.

9:19 a.m.: The Associated Press reports the FBI is investigating reports of a plane hijacking before the crashes.

9:31 a.m.: President Bush calls World Trade Center crashes an apparent terrorist attack.

9:40 a.m.: American Flight 77, also apparently under the control of hijackers, crashes into the Pentagon in Washington.

9:43 a.m.: New Jersey airports and river crossings to New York City closed. PATH and NJTransit trains also ordered halted.

9:44 a.m.: Mountains of debris rain down off 2 World Trade Center, and people start running down Rector St. Con Ed workers, cops, detectives, firefighters move people along the street. Stores close.

9:48 a.m.: The Capitol and West Wing of the White House are evacuated. Congressional leaders and key White House officials are taken to a secret location.

9:49 a.m.: Federal Aviation Administration, for first time in history, orders flights grounded across the country.

10 a.m.: 2 World Trade Center, the south tower, collapses. Many are believed trapped in the buildings that are daily used by more than 50,000 people.

10 a.m.: United Flight 93, also apparently skyjacked, crashes 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. No survivors reported. Some reports say hijacker had intended to crash plane at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

10:29 a.m.: 1 World Trade Center, the north tower, collapses. Dust, smoke, gray ash and debris choke down Manhattan amid a bedlam of emergency vehicles rushing to the scene and ash- and soot-covered people trying to flee north.

10:40 a.m.: New York City primary election is called off.

10-11:30 a.m.: - United Nations closes down; Securities and Exchange Commission closes; U.S. financial markets close for the day; Mayor Giuliani calls for evacuation of lower Manhattan. Elsewhere, evacuations are ordered at the tallest skyscrapers in several cities, and high-profile tourist attractions are closed, including Walt Disney World, Mount Rushmore, Seattle's Space Needle and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

12:30 p.m.: Trains of 3 or more ambulances, some from as far away as Brooklyn, Long Island and New Jersey, carry some of the injured toward the Battery Tunnel.

1:20 p.m.: Bush leaves Barksdale Air Force Base, La., for secure, undisclosed location.

2:51 p.m.: The Navy dispatches missile destroyers and other equipment to New York and Washington.

5:25 p.m.: 7 World Trade Center, ablaze and heavily damaged by the fall of the two towers, collapses.

About 7 p.m. Crews begin heading into ground zero of the attack to search for survivors and recover bodies.

8:30 p.m. President Bush addresses nation from the Oval Office and vows to retaliate against "those behind these evil acts."

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