Today in History: September 11th Attack Occurred
On this day September 11th there was a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda, upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists so they could be flown into buildings in suicide attacks.
Two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City.
Within two hours, both towers collapsed with debris and the resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the WTC complex, as well as major damage to ten other large surrounding structures.
In total, almost 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes.