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How significant was 9/11?

What is a terrorist? Why do people become terrorist?

What are the causes of terrorism?

How has the nature of terrorism changed in the 20th and 21st Century?

What were the events that led to 9/11?

What happened on 9/11?

How was 9/11 portrayed by the US government and the western media?

How was 9/11 portrayed by al –Qaeda and other terrorist groups?

How was 9/11 portrayed in the media in non-Western countries?

How did the US and the West respond to 9/11 in the short term?

Why is 9/11 significant today?

What happened on 9/11?


7.59am - American Airlines Flight 11 takes off from Boston's Logan International Airport. 92 people are on board.

8.14am - United Airlines Flight 175 takes off from Boston's Logan International Airport. 65 people are on board.

8.19am - A flight attendant on Flight 11 radio's American Airlines saying that she thinks the plane is being hijacked.

8.20am - American Airlines Flight 77 takes off from Washington Dulles International Airport. 64 people are on board.

8.40am - NORAD is informed that Flight 11 has been hijacked.

8.42am - United Airlines Flight 93 takes off from Newark International Airport. 40 people are on board.

8.42am (aprox) - Flight 175 is hijacked.

8.44am - Flight attendant Amy Sweeny aboard Flight 11 telephones American Airlines to report that the plane is flying too low.

8.46am - Two F-15 Fighter Planes are launched to intercept Flight 11.

8.46am - Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Centre.



CNN's first reporting of the World Trade Centre being hit by an aeroplane.

8.49am - CNN interrupt broadcasting to break news of the disaster. See above.

8.50am (aprox) - Flight 77 is hijacked.

8.52am - Telephone calls are made from Flight 175 reporting that it has been hijacked.



NBC's live coverage of the second tower being hit by an aeroplane. 

9.03am - Flight 175 crashes into the southern side of South Tower. The impact is seen on live television: see above.

9.28am - Flight 93 is hijacked. Air traffic controllers hear the hijacking happening.


Coverage of the attack on the Pentagon

9.37am - Flight 77 smashes into the side of the Pentagon Building.

9.57am - A Passenger revolt begins on Flight 93.

First Tower Collapses

9.59am - The First Tower Collapses. See above.

10.03am - Flight 93 crashes after a fight between the hijackers and passengers in the cockpit.

Second Tower Collapses

10.28am - The South Tower begins to collapse. See above.






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