September 11, 2001. No American can forget that date, blackened by history into the calendar. On that day, nineteen emissaries of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda boarded four separate US airplanes. Their diabolical plan was to kill as many victims as possible. As we reflect on the tragic events that unfolded sixteen years ago, PRIME Insurance Agency in Lakewood, NJ joins Americans everywhere in solemn commemoration.
9 Sobering Facts about 9/11
- American Airlines’ early morning Flight 11 traveling from Boston, MA veered off its path toward Los Angeles, California and flew purposely toward New York City.
- At 8:46 am, the plane crashed directly into the World Trade Center’s north tower.
- United Airlines’ early morning Flight 175 traveling from Boston towards Los Angeles suddenly changed course toward New York City.
- At 9:03 a.m., this plane struck the World Trade Center’s south tower.
- American Airlines’ morning Flight 77 traveling from Dulles, Virginia veered off its path toward Los Angeles.
- At 9:37 a.m. the plane collided into Washington’s Pentagon Building.
- At 9:59 a.m., the World Trade Center’s south tower crumbled within approximately 10 seconds.
- United Airlines’ morning Flight 93 traveling from Newark, NJ to San Francisco changed course and crashed into a field close to Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 a.m.
- At 10:28 a.m., The World Trade Center’s north tower caved in and fell.
11 Heartrending Facts about the Victims
- 2,753 individuals died as a result of the two hijacked planes that deliberately crashed into the two World Trade Center towers.
- Dead terror victims included 343 NY City firemen, 23 NY City police officers and 37 Port Authority officials.
- World Trade Center terror attack victims ranged between 2 years of age and 85.
- About 75-80% of the terror attack victims were males.
- 184 individuals died as a result of the Pentagon Building terror attack.
- All 40 passengers and members of United Airlines Flight 93 died at the crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
- Before crashing to their deaths, passengers and crew members of United Airlines’ Flight 93 valiantly struggled to take back control of the airplane.
- FBI agent John Patrick O’Neill led the investigation about the previous 1993 World Trade Center assault, then he became World Trade Center Chief of Security, only to be killed during the 9/11 attacks.
- 3,051 children became orphaned of a parent as a result of 9/11.
- Since September 11th, 2001 until September of 2015, just 1,640 victim’s remains have been identified.
- To this day, many survivors and rescue personnel continue to experience post-traumatic stress as well as respiratory problems that include asthma and inflammation of the lungs.