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Tuesday, September 11 2001 - The day the world changed forever  

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2001 7.45am Logan airport, Boston. Terrorist teams board American Airlines flight 11 and United Airlines flight 175. They pay cash for tickets, arrive late at check-in and board unchallenged. Among the passengers are Mohammed Atta who takes seat 8D on flight 11. 7.58am Logan airport. United Airlines flight 175 departs, bound for Los Angeles. 8.01am Newark airport, New Jersey. United Airlines flight 93 departs, bound for San Francisco. 8.02am Logan Airport. American Airlines flight 11 departs Logan, bound for Los Angeles. 8.10am. Dulles airport, Washington DC. American Airlines flight 77 departs, bound for Los Angeles. 8.28am Hijackers attack cabin staff. On board the flights, passengers are told by hijackers, 'You won't get hurt. We have more planes.' Some passengers call relatives on their mobile phones. Flight 11 8.30am An air stewardess on board flight 175 places a distress call on a special line to her company's flight operations centre. She says that the plane has been hijacked, that a person has been stabbed and gives the seat number of one of the hijackers. 8.39am Otis US Air Force base in Cape Cod. Two F-15 jet fighters are scrambled and fly in the direction of New York. 8.45am American Airlines flight 11, with 11 crew and 81 passengers on board, crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Centre in Manhattan. 8.55am South tower, World Trade Centre. A security guard with megaphone announces that a plane has hit the north tower. "Two is secure. You can go back to your offices if you want to," he says. 9.02am United Airlines flight 175, with nine crew and 56 passengers, crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Centre. 9.05am President George W Bush, addressing a group of young schoolchildren in Sarasota, Florida, is informed that a plane has crashed into the World Trade Centre. 9.15am United Airlines flight 93 turns back over Cleveland and heads in the direction of Washington DC. 9.17am The US Federal Aviation Administration closes down all New York City areas airports. 9.21am The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey orders all bridges and tunnels in the New York area closed. 9.30am President Bush tells reporters and schoolchildren that two planes have crashed into the World Trade Centre in New York in "an apparent terrorist attack". 9.40am The FAA halts all flights from US airports, the first nationwide shutdown in the country's history. 9.43am American Airlines flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon, in Washington DC. 9.45am The White House is evacuated. 10am President Bush boards Air Force One bound for Louisiana. 10.06am The south tower of the World Trade Centre collapses, plummeting into the streets below. 10.10am United Airlines flight 93 crashes to the ground at Stony Creek, 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh after passengers try to seize back control of the plane from hijackers. 10.13am The United Nations building in New York is evacuated. 10.22am The State and Justice departments in Washington DC are evacuated. 10.28am The north tower of the World Trade Centre in New York 10.45am All Federal government buildings in Washington are evacuated. 10.57am Governor of New York George Pataki announces that all state government offices are closed. 11.40am President Bush arrives at Barksdale USAF base, Louisiana. 12.04pm Los Angeles International Airport, the destination of three of the hijacked airplanes, is evacuated and closed down. 12.15pm San Francisco International Airport, destination of UA flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania, is closed down. 1.04pm President Bush says the US military has been put on high alert worldwide. "Make no mistake, the United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts," he tells the American people. 1.27pm A state of emergency is declared in Washington DC. 1.48pm President Bush flies to Strategic Air Command base in Offcutt, Nebraska. 3.07pm President Bush arrives at Offcutt, Nebraska. 3.55pm New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says the number of injuries reported in up to 2,100. 4.25pm The American Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange announce they will remain closed until at least Thursday. 4.36pm President Bush leaves Nebraska to return to the White House in Washington DC. 5.20pm Building 7, the 47-floor building of the World Trade Centre complex, collapses after being damaged when the twin towers collapsed to the ground. 6pm Mayor Giuliani urges New Yorkers to stay at home on Wednesday. 6.40pm US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld holds a press conference in the Pentagon and claims that the building will be "in business tomorrow". 7pm President Bush arrives at the White House, Washington DC. 7.15pm US Attorney General John Ashcroft says the FBI has set up a website seeking information on the attacks. 7.45pm The city says that up to 200 firefighters who arrived on the disaster scene are feared dead. The New York Police Department says it is missing at least 78 officers. 8.30pm President Bush addresses the nation live on TV from the White House. "These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve," he says. The US government will make no distinction between those who committed these acts and those who harbour them, he says. 10pm Mayor Giuliani says schools in the city area will be closed on Wednesday. He says that power is out on the westside of Manhattan but that health department tests show air pollution levels do not constitute a public health problem.

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