September 11Th Essay

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September 11th: Recounting the Disaster September 8,2011 September 11th 2011 began like any other fall day in, settling comfortably at 75 degrees Fahrenheit in New York City. Unsuspecting Americans boarded four flights in four different locations. United Airlines flights 175 and 93 and American Airlines flights 77 and 11. The four were each hijacked by groups of four to five men belonging to the terrorist group Al-Qaeda. It was not until American Airlines flight 11 crashed into the North tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 A.M that the world was aware any of this had even happened. New Yorkers that were downtown panicked running in different directions fearful and confused as they heard the impact of the jet plane hitting the tower. Only a few blocks away, innocent civilians took cover in the nearest building as soon as they realized there had been some sort of explosion. Within minutes, a second loud blast rang loudly near the popular New York City business district. After the panic began to settle people immediately turned on the nearest television looking for a news broadcast that could let Americans know what had happened. Over the next hour and a half, the world watched information rapidly come in about four flights all crashing in the northeastern United States, two of them right here in New York City. The information stated by shocked newscasters was that the Pentagon and the White House were the two other targets. Americans later found out that only United Airlines flight 93 was prevented from reaching its intended destination when a group of brave passengers attempted to regain control of the aircraft. Although they were not able to succeed in doing so before the hijackers brought the plane down, they did ensure it was unable to reach our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. and destroy the White House. The fourth plane, United

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