9/11 attacks: 2,977 killed
343 Firefighters died saving others
The terrorists of September 11, 2001 attacks did not have the capacity to destroy the United States militarily, so they set their targets on key American symbols. The Twin Towers, as the flagships of the World Trade Center, represented globalization and America’s economic power and prosperity.
The Pentagon, as the headquarters for the U.S. Department of Defense, serves as a symbol of American military power. It is thought that Flight 93 was headed to the Capitol building, the center of American legislative government.
“Al-Qaeda hoped that, by attacking these symbols of American power, they would promote widespread fear throughout the country and severely weaken the United States’ standing in the world community, ultimately supporting their political and religious goals in the Middle East and Muslim World,” states the 911 Memorial Organization and Museum in New York.
The 9/11 Memorial opened on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the attacks. It is located on the western side of the former World Trade Center complex where the Twin Towers once stood. The Memorial was designed by two architects, Michael Arad and Peter Walker, whose proposal was selected in a design competition out of 5,201 submissions from 63 countries.
The 9/11 Memorial Museum opened on May 21, 2014. It is located beneath the Memorial plaza. Visitors enter the Museum through a pavilion where two steel “tridents” — remnants of the North Tower’s façade — stand in the building’s atrium. The main exhibition space is located seven stories below the 9/11 Memorial at the bedrock foundations of the World Trade Center.
The Horrific Numbers of September 11, 2001:
$3,007,475,734.85 is the total value of claims filed for compensation from the Victim Compensation Fund since 9/11 as of September 10, 2017.
$123 billion – Estimated economic loss of the first 2-4 weeks after the World Trade Center (WTC) towers collapsed in New York City, as well as decline in airline travel for three years.
$60 billion – Estimated cost of the WTC site damage, including damage to surrounding buildings, infrastructure and subway facilities.
$40 billion – Value of the emergency anti-terrorism package approved by the US Congress on September 14, 2001.
34 million – Number of visitors to the 911 Memorial at Ground Zero since the opening on September 2011.
$15 billion – Aid package passed by Congress to bail out the airlines.
$9.3 billion – Insurance claims arising from the 9/11 attacks.
$750 million – Total cost of cleanup at Ground Zero.
3.1 million – Number of hours of labor to clean up Ground Zero.
1.8 million tons of debris at Ground Zero.
$500,000 – Estimated amount it cost to plan and execute the attacks.
70,000 – Number of commuters and tourists attracted to WTC daily.
21,800 – Windows in each tower.
21,712 eligibility decisions have been made on compensation claims as of September 1, 2017.
17,434 is the number of claimants eligible for compensation.
7,408 applications for both death claims and personal injury claims that were sent to the initial Victim Compensation Fund.
5,560 cases have received awards from the Victim Compensation Fund.
4,997 claims have not yet been decided.
2,977 number of individuals killed in New York City, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.
2,753 people were killed at the World Trade Center towers site in Lower Manhattan when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were deliberately crashed into the buildings.
16,400 and 18,000 – Number of people in the WTC Towers during the plane strikes. Most evacuated.
1,641 is the number of victim’s remains from the WTC that have been positively identified as of September 10, 2017.
1,368 – Height of the North Tower in feet – 1,730 feet with a large antenna.
1,362 – Feet high of the South Tower.
343 New York City firefighters were killed at the towers.
300 – Least number of 300 dog that helped in the search, rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero.
184 people were killed when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
130 – Number of Department of Homeland Security inspectors placed at ports in major European, Asian and Muslim nations, as well as strategically-located ports, to inspect cargo for nuclear, chemical or biological weapons being smuggled into the US.
110 stories each, 1 WTC (North Tower) and 2 WTC (South Tower) provided nearly 10 million square feet of office space for about 35,000 people and 430 companies. For a brief period upon their completion in 1973, they were the tallest buildings in the world.
102 minutes was the time between the first attack and the collapse of both World Trade Center towers.
99 – Number of elevators in each tower.
93-99 – The hijacked Flight 11 was crashed into floors 93 to 99 of the North Tower (1 WTC) at 8:46 a.m.
85 – Age of oldest victim killed.
77-85 Floor numbers Flight 175 struck at the South Tower at 9:03 a.m.
77 – Percent of victims who were men.
40 passengers and crew perished when United Airlines Flight 93 perished when the plane crashed into the field near Shanksville, PA.
37 officers at the Port Authority in New York were killed.
23 New York City police officers were killed.
22 – Number of merged governmental agencies into one, including the Customs Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the US Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to form the Homeland Security agency as a result of 9/11.
19 hijackers were on four fuel-loaded U.S. commercial airplanes bound for west coast destinations.
17 – Number of minutes between both flight strikes into the towers.
16 – Number of acres of the WTC commercial complex in lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001.
2 years old was the youngest victim of the attack.
1 acre was the size of each floor on each tower.