Chronology of events related to the war with terrorism
Part 2: 11 September 2001

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last updated 31 March 2002

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(all times EST)

8:00 American Flight 11, a Boeing 767, departs Boston Logan bound for Los Angeles
8:01 United Flight 93, a Boeing 757, departs Newark International bound for San Francisco
8:14 United Flight 175, a Boeing 767, departs Boston Logan bound for Los Angeles
8:21 American Flight 77, a Boeing 757, departs Washington Dulles bound for Los Angeles
8:45 Hijacked Flight 11 crashes into north tower of World Trade Center around floor 90
8:46 FAA notifies North East ADS
8:52 Two F-15s scrambled from Rome, New York
9:03 Hijacked United Flight 175 crashes into south tower of World Trade Center around floor 80
9:08 FAA halts all flights approaching the New York City area
~9:15 FAA's national command center counts 11 aircraft out of contact or flying unexpected routes
9:24 FAA alerts NORAD headquarters
9:26 FAA issues ground stop of all traffic nationwide
9:29 5,102 aircraft are airborne in U.S. airspace
9:30 Three F-16s scrambled from Langley AFB, Virginia
9:41 Hijacked American Flight 77 crashes into Pentagon in Virginia
9:45 FAA orders all aircraft to land as soon as possible, with 4,546 aircraft airborne
9:57 President Bush departs Florida aboard Air Force One
10:00 U.S. military forces worldwide placed on alert, including nuclear forces
10:00 Passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 decide to attack their hijackers
10:05 South tower of World Trade Center collapses
10:10 Portion of Pentagon collapses
10:10 Hijacked United Flight 93 crashes in Somerset County, Pennsylvania
10:15 2,803 aircraft still in flight in U.S. airspace
10:28 North tower of World Trade Center collapses
10:39 FAA closes all operations at all airports nationwide (except landings), with 1,693 aircraft still airborne
11:00 New York major Rudy Giuliani orders evacuation of lower Manhattan
11:06 FAA suspends all operations in national airspace, with 1,305 aircraft airborne
12:16 All aircraft in the U.S. are on the ground excepting only military, law enforcement, and emergency operations aircraft
12:36 President Bush issues statement from Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
12:55 Taliban officials claim innocence
14:50 President Bush arrives at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, fomer SAC headquarters
16:00 U.S. officials for the first time attribute attacks to Osama bin Laden
17:20 7 World Trade Center collapses
18:00 Reports of explosions in Kabul, Afghanistan, from Northern Alliance attack
18:54 President Bush arrives at the White House
20:30 President Bush addresses the nation from the White House

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Last modified 31 March 2002.
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