America Under Attack
On Tuesday, hijackers crashed two passenger jets into the World Trade
Center in New York City, toppling the 110-story twin towers and killing all
aboard the jets and an unknown number on the ground and in the building.
In a similar attack, another passenger plane struck the Pentagon, leaving a
gaping gash in the nation's military hub, killing all on board the plane
and more on the ground. Within an hour, a fourth airliner went down near
Pittsburgh, killing all aboard.
According to the FBI, the planes involved in the trade center crashes were
American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 en route from Boston to Los
Angeles carrying 81 passengers, nine flight attendants and two pilots, and
United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767 also headed from Boston to Los
Angeles. Officials said the plane was carrying 56 passengers, two pilots
and seven flight attendants.
On Tuesday night, FBI issued several search warrants on U.S. residents
based on preliminary information on how two of the planes were hijacked.
They said a flight attendant called authorities from the airborne American
Airlines Flight 11, reporting that two flight attendants had been stabbed
and that intruders had broken into the cockpit. The Christian Science
Monitor reported that air traffic controllers could hear the hijackers of
Flight 11 instructing the pilots in English.
A passenger on the United flight that crashed outside Pittsburgh called
authorities from his cell phone, saying the plane had been hijacked. A
senior FBI official told ABCNEWS that investigators received reports that
other passengers were able to call 911 or relatives, and described horrific
scenes of terrorists slashing throats.