Terror attacks hit U.S.

                 Posted: September 11, 2001

                                              NEW YORK (CNN) -- Terrorists
                                              struck the United States Tuesday
                                              morning in harrowing, widespread
                                              attacks that included at least three
                                              commercial jet crashes into
                                              significant buildings.

                                              In the first attack, a plane hit the
                                              north tower of the World Trade
                                              Center in Manhattan shortly before 9
                                              a.m., followed by another plane into
                                              the second tower about 20 minutes
                                              later. Both towers later collapsed.

                 About an hour later, a plane crashed into the Pentagon, part of which later

                 Building hit by debris near the World Trade Center is on verge of

                 American Airlines told CNN that it lost two planes, both en route to Los
                 Angeles: American Flight 11 from Boston with 81 passengers and 11 crew
                 aboard was lost. This is believed, but not confirmed, to have been one of
                 the planes that crashed into the trade center. ... American Flight 77, a
                 Boeing 757 from Washington Dulles airport to Los Angeles with 58
                 passengers and six crew is unaccounted for. The jet that crashed into the
                 Pentagon may have been this one, but that is still unknown.

                 United Airlines lost two planes: United Airlines Flight 93 airliner headed
                 from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco, crashed near Somerset,
                 Pennsylvania -- police said initial reports indicated no survivors. ... United
                 confirmed the crash of Flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles with 56
                 passengers and seven crew aboard. It's possible, but not confirmed, that
                 this is the second plane that hit the World Trade Center.

                   The Pentagon, the White House, the State Department, the Justice
                 Department, the Capitol, the CIA and all other government buildings in
                 Washington are evacuated.

                 President Bush calls the crashes "apparent terrorist attacks" and "a
                 national tragedy." Bush is to issue a statement from Barksdale AFB in
                 Shreveport, Louisiana.

                 In the first-ever national ground stop of aircraft, all flights nationwide have
                 been stopped at their departure airports.

                 International flights had been diverted to Canada; FAA says later,
                 however, that 22 U.S.-bound international flights would be allowed to land.

                 Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, said in
                 reaction to the news of the terror attacks that "we want to tell the American
                 children that Afghanistan feels your pain and we hope that the courts find

                 In New York, more than 10,000 rescue personnel rushed to the scene.
                 Lower Manhattan is being completely evacuated.

                 Israel has evacuated all its missions around the world.

                 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta was
                 evacuated. CDC was preparing bioterrorism teams in case they become

                 Philadelphia landmarks were also evacuated.

                 In Chicago, the Sears Tower was evacuated; United Nations in New
                 York evacuated.

                 The New York Port Authority said it had closed all bridges and tunnels
                 into the city.

                 U.S. stock markets were closed after the New York attacks.

                 NATO sent home all non-essential personnel from its Brussels, Belgium,

                 The Immigration and Naturalization Service has put the U.S. borders with
                 Mexico and Canada on highest state of alert.

                 Los Angeles International Airport has been evacuated.

                 All Disney parks in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim,
                 California have been closed.

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