The September 11, 2001, 19 men hijacked four American commercial airliners, destined for the West Coast. The aircraft ended up crashing into the Twin Towers of New York, the facade of the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
Victims: 2,996 dead
According to data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in total they died 2,996 people including the 19 kidnappers and the 24 missing persons:
– 2,606 dead in the World Trade Center.
– 189 dead at the Pentagon.
– 44 in Pennsylvania.
In addition, 300 firefighters and 85 agents from the different bodies and security forces of the city were also killed in the attacks. To this day, 40% of the victims of 9/11 remain unidentified.
Of the 2,996 dead, only three Spaniards lost their lives in the September 11 attacks: Silvia San Pío, who died with her husband on the 92nd floor; Jerónimo Domínguez, a policeman who participated in the rescue efforts; and Edelmiro Abad, a bank employee of Burgos origin.
102 minutes of terror
There were four terrorist pilots who hijacked the planes. Mohammed Atta, Marwan al Shehhi, Ziad Jarrah y Hani Hanjour they were trained in Afghanistan and received training in aviation. This was the chronology of the events:
– 8.46 hours (local time). American Airlines Flight 11 hits the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York.
– 9.03 hours. United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into the south tower.
– 9.37 hours. American Airlines Flight 77 hits the facade of the Pentagon building in Washington.
– 9.59. The south tower of World Trade Center collapses in just 10 seconds.
– 10.03. United Airlines Flight 93 crashes in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
– 10.28 hours. LThe north tower of New York collapses.
Total, the attacks lasted 102 minutes since the first plane crashes until the last tower falls.
Al Qaida and Bin Laden, responsible for the attacks
On December 13, 2001, the United States Government published a video in which Osama bin Laden, leader of Al Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Bin Laden was already America’s Public Enemy No. 1 before 9/11 due to attacks on US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya and the attack on the cruiser US Cole, in Aden.
After 9/11, Bin Laden became the West’s nightmare. The United States even offered a $ 50 million reward on his head. The attacks also involved the US military intervention in Afghanistan.
Finally, the interception of a mail call from Bin Laden uncovered the initial lead for his capture. In May 2011 the Navy Seal found Osama bin Laden and killed him shot to the head. According to official sources, his body was thrown into the sea to prevent his grave from becoming a place of worship.