The Ottawa Citizen
September 11, 2001
8:45 a.m. An aircraft believed to be a small
"Cessna-type" aircraft crashed into the north
side tower of the World Trade Centre, setting off a huge
explosion and fire. One witness reported that the
aircraft made a 'kamikaze" move as it crashed into
9:03. A second plane appearing to approach from the north
side of the building crashed into the second tower,
setting off a large explosion and fire. A witness
reported that it was a commercial aircraft.
9:28 CNN quotes AP as saying a U. S. official believes
the attacks are believed to have been carried out by
9:30 U.S. President Bush in Florida, appears on
television and makes the first official confirmation the
two attacks were carried out by terrorists. Two aircrafts
crashed into the World Trade Centre, he said, in an
"apparent terrorist attack." He said the U.S.
will hunt down those responsible. CNN reports the New
York Stock Exchange is closed.
9:32 Reports that an American Airline Boeing 767 that
took off from Boston had been hijacked. The plane is
believed to have been involved in the second attack on
9:35 All New York-area airports are closed. Reports of
the situation being "extraordinarily chaotic"
on the west side of New York City.
9:37 CNN reports that 1,000 people had been injured.
9:43 White House evacuated because of credible threat of
terrorist attack. Security officers patrol the precinct.
9:41 Senator Kennedy appears on television with First
Lady Laura Bush to say that the "business of
America" will not be postponed because of terrorism.
A scheduled meeting on education will go on, he said.
9:42 Reports of an attack on Pentagon. Huge plume of
smoke billowing out of the vast complex. Reports of a
huge explosion. Pentagon being evacuated.
9:43 White House being evacuated after receiving a
"credible terrorist threat." President Bush
safe in Florida.
9.45 Fire reported on the Washington Mall.
9:46 CNN reports from National Airport in Washington of
hearing a noise at the Pentagon before a "terrific
fire" broke out.
9:47 First report on CNN that an aircraft had crashed
into the Pentagon.
9:48 A witness tells CNN that a U. S. military helicopter
had circled the Pentagon building, disappeared behind a
building and shortly after there was a big explosion.
9:50 Bridges and tunnels into New York City closed.
9:51 All airports across the United States closed.
9:53. Confirmation on CNN that an aircraft of some kind
hit the Pentagon.
9:54 Reports of people running out of the White House.
Reports of a jet circling the White House but it
disappeared. It is unclear if the the Vice President Dick
Cheney is still in the building.
9:57 White House, Pentagon, Treasury and Capitol being
9:58 Several witnesses report a huge explosion at the
Pentagon just before fire enveloped the complex.
9:59 a.m. Reports of confusion at the Pentagon. Thick
black smoke enveloping the area. CNN says 24,000 people
work at the Pentagon.
9:59 a.m. Reports of another huge explosion, the third at
the WTC. A "cascade of fire and sparks" as one
of the towers collapses and disappears from the skyline.
10 a.m. Reports of fire at the State Department.
10:02 a.m. Sears Tower in Chicago evacuated. No report of
10:05 a.m. Reports of people jumping from windows of the
10:07 a.m. Secret Service agents at the White House
appear with automatic weapons drawn. Still no word on the
whereabouts of the VP Cheney. Calls into the White House
10:12 CNN reports explosion at Capitol Hill. Capitol
10:14 Evacuation extended to United Nations Building.
10:20 Witness saw commercial aircraft crash into
10:22 Justice Department evacuated.
10:24 CNN says there was no explosion at Capitol Hill.
10:25 Reports that all international flights to New York
and Washington being diverted to Canada.
10:30. Confirmation that both WTC towers have collapsed.
50,000 people work at the WTC.
10:33 Reports of a car bomb at the State Department.
10: 37 Reports of a 747 down near Pittsburg. Downed plane
later said to be a 757.
10:47 Second hijacked plane said to be heading for
Pentagon. An F 16 jet scrambled to deal with situation.
11:05 New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in press conference
urges people to remain calm and remain at home or in
their place of business, and urges all those who work or
live south of Canal Street to walk directly north in an
orderly fashion. National Guard on alert to relieve
police officers. U.S. federal government to help with
urban search and rescue team. "We need the streets
open so we can get people in and out of the south part of
Manhattan ... the only thing to do now is to remain calm
... and let's pray ..."
11:10 Reports of a second plane only a few minutes away
from the Pentagon have not materialized.
11:12 Ambulance arrive in New York from as far away as
Long Island and firefighters arriving by pickup truck.
The streets are deserted.
11:15 Report that the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania
in Somerset county near Pittsburgh was from Chicago.
11:16 Agence France Presse report says a group with the
word Palestine in the name claims responsibility.
11:20 Taliban news conference announced
11:23 American Airlines confirms that it lost two
airliners, both bound for Los Angeles -- one from
Washington and the other from Boston. United Airlines
confirms that one of its jets crashed in Pennsylvania
near Pittsburgh, Flight 93 from Newark to San Franscico.
However, it is uncertain if this is the same aircraft
reported earlier as crashing near Pittsburgh. Report of
another aircraft down near Camp David. No confirmation.
11:25 Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is preparing
bioterrorism teams. It's a precautionary, say officials
and there is no evidence of bio-terrorism, they say.
11:30 General Wesley Clark, former supreme commander of
NATO says, "This is clearly a co-ordinated effort.
It hasn't been announced that its over. We don't know how
it will conclude. There is likely to be more trouble
before this concludes. We've got to protect the American
people. We're hearing still reports of aircraft that are
out there. There is no way of knowing when all of the
possible incidents have taken place or been aborted by
whoever is behind this. We have to be ready for whatever
will happen next. Only one group has this kind of ability
and that is Osama bin Laden's."
11:45 All scheduled international flights are cancelled
out of Pearson International Airport. Travellers are
asked not to fly or go to the airport.
11: 50 Boston's Logan Airport urges people not to come to
the airport. Flights have now been diverted to Canada.
Two planes that hit World Trade Centre both took off from
Boston, says a report. One is American Airlines, flight
11 with 92 people aboard. Another is United Airlines
12:00 No flights have landed yet at Pearson Airport.
There is a report that an aircraft under some kind of
distress is on its way to Toronto. There is no
12:05 NBC reports there may be as many as 20,000 people
in the World Trade Centre.
Canada Red Cross is mobilizing teams to airports to help
stranded Americans and trying to get Canadians connected
with missing friends and relatives.
The downed flights are indentified as: American Airlines
Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles; American Airlines
Flight 77 from Dulles to Los Angeles; United Airlines
Flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco; United Airlines
Flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles.
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