On Tuesday, hijackers crashed two passenger jets into
the World Trade Center in New York City, toppling the 110-story twin towers and
killing all aboard the jets and an unknown number on the ground and in the
In a similar attack, another passenger plane struck
the Pentagon, leaving a gaping gash in the nation's military hub, killing all
on board the plane and more on the ground. Within an hour, a fourth airliner
went down near Pittsburgh, killing all aboard.
According to the FBI, the planes involved in the trade
center crashes were American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 en route from
Boston to Los Angeles carrying 81 passengers, nine flight attendants and two
pilots, and United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767 also headed from Boston to
Los Angeles. Officials said the plane was carrying 56 passengers, two pilots
and seven flight attendants.
On Tuesday night, FBI issued several search warrants
on U.S. residents based on preliminary information on how two of the planes
were hijacked. They said a flight attendant called authorities from the
airborne American Airlines Flight 11, reporting that two flight attendants had
been stabbed and that intruders had broken into the cockpit. The Christian
Science Monitor reported that air traffic controllers could hear the hijackers
of Flight 11 instructing the pilots in English.
A passenger on the United flight that crashed outside
Pittsburgh called authorities from his cell phone, saying the plane had been
hijacked. A senior FBI official told ABCNEWS that investigators received
reports that other passengers were able to call 911 or relatives, and described
horrific scenes of terrorists slashing throats.
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