Timeline: Nation

Seattle Times news services

These are the events that occurred today across the nation beginning with the World Trade Center attacks in New York City.

8:45 a.m.: The World Trade Center is hit by an airplane.

9:03 a.m.: The second Trade Center building is hit by a second airplane.

American Airlines Flight 11: A Boeing 767 en route from Boston to Los Angeles is one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center. The plane was carrying 92 people.

American Airlines Flight 77: A Boeing 757 en route from Dulles Airport near Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles also crashes. The plane was carrying 58 passengers, four flight attendants and two pilots.

9:40 a.m.: The FAA halts all air traffic and closes all U.S. airports.

9:45 a.m.: In Washington, D.C., a plane crashes at the Pentagon. President Bush called it an "apparent terrorist attack."

9:47 a.m.: Bush departs on Air Force One from Florida to Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, La.

10 a.m.: The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses. The towers were 110 stories tall.

10:05 a.m.: The White House is evacuated.

10:29 a.m.: The second tower at the World Trade Center collapses.

10:48 a.m.: United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757, crashes southeast of Pittsburgh while en route from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco. The plane was carrying 38 passengers and seven crew members.

11:04 a.m.: Evacuations are ordered at the United Nations building in New York and the tallest skyscrapers in Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Cleveland and Minneapolis. In California, Gov. Gray Davis convenes a meeting of the State Emergency Council and requests heightened security in all state buildings.

United Airlines Flight 175: A Boeing 767 crashes. The flight was bound from Boston to Los Angeles. It carried 56 passengers, two pilots and seven flight attendants. The airline would not say where that plane crashed.

In Los Angeles, police are on tactical alert and mobilize an anti-terrorist division. A tactical alert means officers are held over from the earlier shift to bolster the day shift and police respond only to priority calls.

Prominent tourist attractions: Disney World in Florida, Seattle's Space Needle and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis are closed.

The Securities and Exchange Commission closes all financial markets. The announcement follows a suspension of trading on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market. The American Stock Exchange had already closed.

Air Canada suspends all flights and returned all flights en route to the United States.

New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani orders an evacuation of the lower part of Manhattan. "I would like to take this opportunity to tell everyone to remain calm and to the extent that they can, evacuate Lower Manhattan," he said. "There were people jumping out of the World Trade Center. It was a horrible, horrible situation."

The Federal Reserve is prepared to provide more money to nation's banking system as needed after terrorist attacks.

The U.S. Securities Exchange Commission said stock markets will not open for business today.

The military is on high-alert status.

Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co., the largest tenant in the New York's destroyed World Trade Center complex, declined immediate comment on the status of its employees but established a hotline for personnel and their families. Concerned employees and their families could call 888- 883-4391 to speak to a company representative.

Kennedy Space Center in Florida closes.
 



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