S: Day 9/11/01
1: 5:45 Hijackers pass security screening Hijackers Mohammed Atta and Abdulaziz al-Omari enter Portland International Jetport both board a shuttle flight to Boston's Logan | Over the next hour and a half, seventeen other hijackers pass security checks All carring knives, box cutters or other concealed weapons on their person or in
2: Veteran flight attendants Betty Ong and Madeline “Amy” Sweeney, ,alert ground personnel to the hijacking of Flight 11. They stay on the line for almost the entire duration of the flight A
3: Seventy-six passengers, 11 crew members and five hijackers board Flight 11. Al Qaeda terrorists hijack the plane at approximately 8:14
4: Fifty-one passengers, nine crew members, and five hijacker on Flight 175. Al Qaeda terrorists hijack the plane at approximately 8:45 am and reroute it towards Manhattan.
5: Fifty-three passengers, six crew members, and five hijackers board the Los Angeles-bound flight. Al Qaeda terrorists hijack the plane shortly before 8:54 am and reverse its route back towards Washington DC.
6: Thirty-three passengers, seven crew members, and four hijackers are on board Al Qaeda terrorists hijack the plane at 9:28 am and reroute it towards Washington DC.
8: 8:46 AM CRASH OF FLIGHT 11 Hijackers crash Flight 11 through floors 93-99 of the North Tower, killing everyone on the plane and hundreds inside the building.
9: 9:03 CRASH OF FLIGHT 175 Hijackers crash Flight 175 into floors 77 to 85 of the South Tower, killing everyone on the plane and hundreds inside the building.
10: As first responders arrive and deploy into the buildings, tenants continue to evacuate the North and South Towers. Hijacked Flight 11 wiped out all three North Tower emergency stairwells, therefore making evacuation unlikeble for those alive on or above the impact floors. One stairwell in the South Tower remains open , however it was filled with debris. Eighteen use it to evacuate from above the impact zone. | The NYPD calls a second Level 4 Mobilization, bringing its total to 2,000 men and women. The FDNY issues a second Fifth Alarm, 235 firefighters, 20 engines and eight ladder companies. Other companies and , respond to the attack as well. | 9:15 AM Evacuation of the World Trade Center
11: Hijackers crash Flight 77 ino Pentagon’s western facade, killing the 59 on board the plane and 125 military and civilian personnel inside the building. | 9:37 CRASH OF FLIGHT 77
12: Thirteen of Flight 93's 40 alert loved ones and authorities to the plane’s hijacking. six learn about the attacks on the World Trade Center or the Pentagon. In response, Flight 93's passengers are believed to have collectively voted to mount a counterattack to the hijackers. | 9:57 Fright FLIGHT 93
13: Mark calls his mother, Alice Hoagland, a former flight attendant, via GTE Airphone, and alerts her to the hijacking. Hoagland immediately turns on the television and learns of the recent attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Realizing that Mark’s plane is part of the suicide hijacking mission, she calls him back on his cell phone and leaves two messages, informing him of the other attacks and counseling him to do whatever he can to stop the hijackers. In her first message, Alice miscalculates the time change from California. Mark does not have a chance to listen to his messages before the crash of Flight 93.
14: After burning for 56 minutes, the South Tower collapses in 10 seconds, killing about 600 workers and first responders in the building and surrounding area. | 9:59 Collapse of the South Tower
15: To prevent passengers from retaking the airplane, hijackers deliberately crash Flight 93 in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, killing the forty on board. The crash site is approximately 20 minutes flying time from Washington DC
16: 10:28 AM Collapse of the North Tower The North Tower collapses after burning for 102 minutes killing approximately 1,400 in the building and the surrounding area.
17: Within two hours of the tower’s collapse, the first responders emerge from the debris. They direct rescuers to the civilian.
18: "At floor 25 we encountered the first firefighters walking up the stairs. The four men had beads of sweat on their faces and were carrying oxygen tanks, masks, and hatchets." | Richard Wajda Was on his way to work in the World Financial Center | "I was knocked over and then someone else ran right over me. I was so scared to look back because I thought the building was going to fall on me."" | Brendan MacWade Worked on floor 40 of the north tower | Survivors
20: The report charts how al-Qaeda was allowed to develop into a real danger to the US, concluding that while the attacks "were a shock... they should not have come as a surprise | Failure to confront | Missed Opportunities The report finds that the 9/11 plot might have been nipped in the bud had the security services done their work more thoroughly, although it accepts that "since the plotters were flexible and resourceful, we cannot know whether any single step or series of steps would have defeated them". | Key findings
21: Open to Attack While praising the response of members of the emergency services to the attacks, the report finds institutional weaknesses within the US which both made it easier for extremists to attack and harder for the authorities to respond adequately: | Key Recommendations The report says that America is a safer place since the attacks, after action by the Bush administration. "Because of offensive actions against al-Qaeda since 9/11, and defence actions to improve homeland security, we believe we are safer today," it notes.