40 Unbelievable Facts About 911

Facts About 911: September 11, 2001 - Terrorist attacks on strategic bases in the United States on September 11, 2001. The hijacked planes attack the World Trade Center in New York City and the Department of Defense headquarters in Virginia. The two tallest towers of the World Trade Center, which stood tall as a symbol of American wealth, were shot down and destroyed by terrorists.

According to the findings of the commission appointed to investigate the attack, the summary of the terrorist attack that rocked the world is as follows: Two of them crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York. Within minutes both towers covered the ground. At the same time, a third hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon's headquarters in Virginia. A fourth plane was hijacked but crashed into a course in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, following resistance from passengers. This plane is the White HouseI think you're on target.

40 Unbelievable Facts About 911

Mind Blowing Facts About 9/11

  • 48 countries held ceremonies on Dec. 11, 2001, to commemorate the victims.
  • After the tragedy, there was a three-day flight ban over the United States.
  • 18 people were rescued alive from the rubble of the World Trade Center site.
  • The fires at Ground Zero burned for 99 days after the attack, until Dec. 19.
  • Only 12 survivors were pulled from the rubble after the collapse of the towers.
  • It is estimated that it cost $500,000 for operatives to carry out the 9/11 tragedy.
  • To take over the planes, the hijackers smuggled box-cutters and knives through security.
  • 120 jets were stranded on the tarmac at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Sept. 11.
  • After the attacks, it took firefighters 100 days to extinguish all the fires around Ground Zero.
  • Over 100 search and rescue dogs were deployed to help find survivors in the rubble of the towers.
  • $5 million has been sent to the White House by schoolchildren for America's Fund for Afghan Children.

Interesting Facts About 911 Attack

  • Cleanup for the 1.8 million tons of debris took 3.1 million hours. It was finally finished on May 30, 2002.
  • The ages of the nearly 3,000 victims ranged from two to 85 years old. About 75-80% of the victims were men.
  • The 9/11 attack is the largest loss of life in a foreign attack on American soil, higher than even Pearl Harbor.
  • On a normal day at the towers, up to 50,000 employees worked in the buildings and an extra 40,000 passed through.
  • While workers were going through the debris, they found 65,000 items, including 437 watches and 144 wedding rings.
  • During the destruction, a guide dog named Roselle led her blind owner down 78 flights of stairs to the safe home of a friend.
  • On any given workday, up to 50,000 employees worked in the WTC twin towers, and an additional 40,000 passed through the complex.
  • 9/11 was not the first attack on the World Trade Centers. In 1993, there was a bombing that killed 6 people and injured over 1,000.
  • Canada took in 255 diverted flights from the United States on 9/11. Upon receiving them, the Canadians fed the stranded passengers.
  • While video accounts of the WTC attack aired immediately, no video footage of the Pentagon attack was publicly released until 2006.

Crazy Facts About 911

  • The New York City Fire Department lost 343 firefighters, almost half the number of on-duty deaths in the department's 100-year history.
  • The New York City Fire Department received more than 1 million pieces of mail following the attacks. The mementos filled two warehouses.
  • The youngest passenger on the hijacked jets was Christine Hanson on United Airlines Flight 175. She was 2 and on her first trip to Disneyland.
  • Sirius, one of the first bomb-sniffing K-9 dogs stationed near the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing, died in the Sept. 11 attacks.
  • More than 1,100 people who worked or lived near the World Trade Centers during 9/11 have been diagnosed with cancer due to exposure to toxins from the site.
  • $100 million worth of art was lost in the collapse of the towers, including a memorial piece for the victims of the ’93 bombing and paintings by Pablo Picasso.
  • After the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, the rescue and recovery clean-up of the 1.8 million tons of wreckage from the WTC site took 9 months.
  • Aside from the two planes flown into the World Trade Center buildings, a third plane hit the Pentagon, and a fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Weird Facts About 911

  • Though both the police and fire departments of New York City had their own emergency response procedures, the two departments did not have a coordinated response plan to a major incident.
  • September 11, 2001, was Ben Sliney’s first day on the job as FAA National Operations Manager. Sliney ordered every plane in the air over the United States to land, approximately 4,200 planes.
  • Upon the first plane striking Tower 1, people in Tower 2 tried to evacuate but were urged to stay at their desks by an announcement. Some tried to leave anyway but were turned back by security.
  • In 2019, the US Senate passed a bill ensuring that a fund to compensate victims of the September 11th attacks never runs out of money — and that first responders won't have to return to Congress to plead for more funding.
  • On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed, 400 were police officers and firefighters, in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in NYC, at the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., and in a plane crash near Shanksville, PA.
  • Cases of post-traumatic stress are common among 9/11 survivors and rescue workers. Respiratory problems, like asthma and lung inflammation, also developed at abnormal rates for those in and around the World Trade Center during and after the attacks.
  • When the National Guard went after Flight 93, the two pilots who took to the air didn’t have time to properly arm their jets. The pilots knew that if they intercepted a hijacked plane, they would have to fly their jets into the aircraft with no guarantee of their own ejection.
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