9/11: A Visual Timeline of the September 11, 2001 Attacks

by Jon D. B.

9/11 remains the worst foreign attack on American soil. The following images recall the horrific series of events that would unfold on September 11, 2001.

September 11, 2021 marks twenty years since the day Americans – and the world – will never forget. Those of us who survive will always remember where we were when we saw what was happening. When our families were lost. Our friends, our colleagues. Our loved ones and the nation’s finest.

It is a day many of us do not wish to revisit, but history holds firm, as does the legacy of those we lost.

7:59 AM to 8:42 AM: Four Flights are Hijacked by Al Qaeda. Twin Towers Stand Proud.

New York City skyline with Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground and the twin towers of the World Trade Center in the background. 11/06/1998. Centre skylines. (Photo by Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)

On the morning of 9/11, four flights bound for California would fall to Al Qaeda terrorists. Two would leave Boston. One left Washington, D.C. Another from Newark, N.J. None would make their destination.

At this point in time, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center still stand proudly in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York.

8:46 AM: American Airlines Flight 11 Hits North Tower

The North Tower of the World Trade Center burns after s hijacked airplane hit. (Photo by Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty Images)

Al Qaeda hijackers crash American Airlines Flight 11 and its Boston passengers directly into the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 AM.

9:03 AM: United Airlines Flight 175 Hits South Tower

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Less than 17 minutes later, terrorists would fly United Airlines Flight 175 and all those aboard from Boston directly into the South Tower.

Once the second plane hit hundreds more perished, the U.S. became aware that this was a deliberate, terrorist attack.

9:05 AM: President George W. Bush is Told ‘America is Under Attack’

9/11: President George W. Bush is told America is under attack while reading to Emma Booker Elementary School students in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo Credit: Paul J. Richards, Agence/France-Presse, Getty Images)

The morning of September 11, President George W. Bush is in Sarasota, Florida reading to students of Emma Booker Elementary School. At 9:05 AM, Bush’s Chief of Staff, Andrew Card, tells the President that “America is under attack.”

9:37 AM: American Airlines Flight 77 Crashes into The Pentagon

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 Pentagon security footage. (Photo by Department of Defense via Getty Images)

Thirty minutes later, American Airlines Flight 77 and all 64 passengers aboard from Washington Dulles International Airport crash into The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

The capture above shows the moment the plane hit via a campus security camera. The public would not see this image until May 16, 2006.

At 9:42 AM, the Federal Aviation Administration would ground all flights in the U.S.

At 9:45 AM, all personnel would begin evacuating both the White House and the U.S. Capitol, The Wall Street Journal recounts.

9:59 AM: The South Tower Collapses

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11: The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses September 11, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Nilsson/ Getty Images)

Right before 10:00 AM on 9/11, the World Trade Center’s South Tower collapses. Immediately, the White House requests jet fighter escorts for Air Force One. Fighter combat air control takes over the skies above Washington, D.C.

10:03 AM: United Airlines Flight 93 Crashes in Pennsylvania, Preventing 9/11 Capitol Building Destruction

SHANKSVILLE, PA Memorial Stone (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

At 10:03 AM, United Airlines Flight 93 crash-lands in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Passengers aboard would fight hijackers, forcing the plane down into a field. 33 passengers and 7 crew members would perish – saving this plane from making the destination its four 9/11 terrorist hijackers intended: The United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Today, several memorials mark the crash site and those lost. A stone, seen above, marks the exact location of Flight 93’s impact.

10:28 AM: The North Tower Collapses

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11: People run down Church Street just after the north tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. September 11, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Nilsson/ Getty Images)

At 10:28 AM, the World Trade Center’s North Tower would collapse, causing further mass destruction in Manhattan.

Toxic dust and fumes would overtake the city. Tens of thousands of surviving New Yorkers would inhale, later causing cancer and debilitating health issues.

11:02 AM: 9/11 Evacuation of Lower Manhattan and Rescue of Survivors Begin

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 14: (FRANCE OUT) Rescue operations at Ground Zero; Firefighters finding victims and searching for survivors at the wreckage of the World Trade Center Towers following Tuesday’s Terrorist attack in New York, United States. (Photo by Graham MORRISON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Led by the U.S. Coast Guard, over 500,000 people begin evacuating Manhattan at 11:02 AM.

Countless rescue workers, military personnel, and Good Samaritans stay behind to rescue survivors.

343 members of the New York City Fire Department would perish during 9/11.

At 5:20 PM, World Trade Center Building 7 collapses due to fire and debris from the Twin Towers.

2,996 People Perish in 9/11 Attacks

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 06: A firefighter looks photos of victims at the opening of the new Tribute Center September 6, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

In total, 2,996 victims would perish in the 9/11 attacks.

Above, a FDNY firefighter looks up into the photos of those lost as the Tribute Center opens on Sept. 6, 2006.

Thank you to the 9/11 Memorial Museum for making this information public.

We will never forget.