Remembering 9/11 Terror Attacks 20 Years Later


SAN ANGELO – This Saturday will mark the 20th anniversary of the moment that forever changed the lives of Americans. The 9/11 attacks would claim the lives of nearly 3,000 people in one day – making it the single largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil.

The coordinated attack involving nineteen Al-Qaeda extremists went into motion at 5:45 a.m. as the first two terrorists passed through security at Portland International Jetport in Maine.

Over the next couple of hours, the terrorists boarded connecting flights in different airports across the country that would be hijacked and aimed toward strategic cities along the eastern seaboard.

Flight 11 –– Boston to Los Angeles

On board: 11 crew members, 76 passengers, and 5 hijackers

American Airlines Flight 11 Seating Chart | 9/11
American Airlines Flight 11 Seating Chart | 9/11
7: 59 a.m Flight 11 departs
8:19 a.m. Crew members contact ground personnel
8:24 a.m. Hijacker broadcasts message to air traffic control
8:46 a.m. Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower & evacuations begin
10:28 a.m. North Tower collapses 102 minutes after the attack

Flight 175 –– Boston to Los Angeles

On board: 9 crew members, 51 passengers, and 5 hijackers 

American Airlines Flight 175 Seating Chart | 9/11
American Airlines Flight 175 Seating Chart | 9/11
8:15 a.m. Flight 175 departs
8:52 a.m. Crew members report hijacking
9:02 a.m. South Tower evacuations begin
9:03 a.m Flight 175 crashes into the South Tower
9:59 a.m. South Tower collapses 56 minutes after the attack

Flight 77 –– Washington Dulles to Los Angeles 

On board: 6 crew members, 53 passengers, and 5 hijackers

American Airlines Flight 77 Seating Chart | 9/11
American Airlines Flight 77 Seating Chart | 9/11
8:20 a.m. Flight 77 departs
9:12 a.m. Crew members report hijacking to airline
9:37 a.m. Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon
10:15 a.m. Damaged outer ring collapses at the Pentagon

Flight 93 –– Newark to San Francisco

On board: 7 crew members, 33 passengers, and 4 hijackers

American Airlines Flight 93 Seating Chart | 9/11
American Airlines Flight 93 Seating Chart | 9/11
8:42 a.m. Flight 93 departs
9:58 a.m. Passengers report the hijacking to 9-1-1 as plane begins to descend near Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
10:03 a.m. Flight 93 crashes into field in  Somerset County, Pennsylvania after crew and staff storm the cockpit

In the midst of the chaos of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, at 9:42 a.m. the Federal Aviation Administration grounded all civilian flights. By 12:15 p.m. approximately a total of 4,500 flights had been canceled.

"Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts," said President George W. Bush as he addressed a nation gripped by fear, disbelief, and desolation. "This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world."

Subscribe to the LIVE! Daily

The LIVE! Daily is the "newspaper to your email" for San Angelo. Each content-packed edition has weather, the popular Top of the Email opinion and rumor mill column, news around the state of Texas, news around west Texas, the latest news stories from San Angelo LIVE!, events, and the most recent obituaries. The bottom of the email contains the most recent rants and comments. The LIVE! daily is emailed 5 days per week. On Sundays, subscribers receive the West Texas Real Estate LIVE! email.


Most Recent Videos


Are you serious right now? NO, it was during Bush's presidency, he was a republican. But nobody in their right mind would blame anybody for a terrorist attack other than the terrorists, not even ME. Although you can blame Bush for starting the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but at the time most people supported them.

You seriously have to be joking that you think 9/11 happened during Obama's presidency. WOW

Dang, I really hope my server captured that, you just lost all credibility towards anything you ever say in the future.

for those who didn't see Jeff l's now deleted comments, he claimed 9/11 happened under "Obummer" and his proof was that he claimed to have been "serving" when it happened. I really hope I have a capture, cause it is definitely getting posted. 

Jeff L, Thu, 09/09/2021 - 18:00

Post a comment to this article here:

X Close