American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel
crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping
hundreds more in higher floors.
cameras broadcasted live images of what initially appeared to be a freak
accident. Then, 18 minutes after the first plane hit, a second Boeing
767—United Airlines Flight 175—appeared out of the sky, turned sharply
toward the World Trade Center and sliced into the south tower near the
over surrounding buildings and onto the streets below. It immediately
became clear that America was under attack.
Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside
Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in
triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defined the
presidency of George W. Bush.