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9/11 FAQs

The September 11 Digital Archive has gathered on this page links to a variety of reliable web resources that can help answer a number of the most frequently asked questions (FAQS) regarding the September 11 attacks and their aftermath. Links to the New York Times may require that you register with NYTIMES.COM before viewing the resources.

The FAQs have been divided into four sections:

I. The History of the World Trade Center

II.The September 11 Attacks Themselves

III. The Immediate Response to and Consequences of the Attacks in NYC, Including Information Regarding the Victims

IV. Rebuilding Efforts


Section I: The History of the World Trade Center

Q: When, how, and why was the World Trade Center built?

A: Professor Emil Malizia of the University of North Carolina's Department of City and Regional Planning has developed an extensive website exploring the history of the World Trade Center, with a particular focus upon the consequences of the WTC for lower Manhattan. Professor Malizia also includes a helpful annotated bibliography.

Section II: The Attacks Themselves

Q: What was the order of events on that day?

A: Chronology: Sept. 11 (102 Minutes). From the New York Times.

A: Timeline of events before, during, and after attack. From the New York Times.

Q: Do you have any information regarding the hijacking suspects? From which countries were the hijacking suspects?

A: The New York Times has collected much of the publicly available information on the hijacking suspects. The Washington Post has charted the "web of connections" between the hijacking suspects. None of the hijacking suspects were from Iraq, and no credible information connects the terrorist attacks of September 11 to Saddam Hussein's former government in Iraq. A good review of the evidence regarding Iraq and terrorism can be found in the Washington Post. Documents relating to the U.S. response to Iraq's harboring of known terrorists in Baghdad during the 1980s can be found at the National Security Archives.

Q: What are the details of the hijacked flights? How many/which flights were highjacked? How many passengers were aboard? What route did the flight take? What happened in the last few minutes of the hijacked planes? Was there recorded communication to/from the planes during the hijackings?

A: Flight Tracker From the New York Times.

A: Trade Center Crash From the New York Times.

A: Strike Against the Pentagon. From the Washington Post.

A: Pennsylvania Crash From the New York Times.

A: Transcripts of flights From the New York Times


Q: Was a threat was lodged against Air Force One on the day terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon?

A: No, as the Washington Post has reported, the White House has backed away from this claim, which they first made after the President had been criticized for flying to Louisiana and Nebraska before returning to Washington


Section III: The Immediate Response to and Consequences of the Attacks in NYC


Q: Do you have information regarding the victims?

A: CNN has compiled lists of the victims.

A: The New York Times has also assembled demographic information on the WTC victims of 9/11.

Q: How many FDNY companies responded and from where?

A: Map: The Fire Deptartment's Response. From the New York Times.

A: General chronology of the emergency response.From the New York Times.

Q: Where can I find a list of the rescuers who responded to the first call? Which rescuers died?

A: The Rescuers. From the New York Times.


Q: What are the details of the FDNY radio transmissions from 9/11?

A: Audio: 9/11 Dispatches. From the New York Times.

Q: How did the towers actually fall?

A: How the towers stood and fell. From the New York Times.

A: Inside the Towers. From the New York Times.

A: W.T.C. Collapse: New Report (3/29/02). From the New York Times.


Q: How did 7 WTC fall?

A: A careful examination of the role of trusses in the collapse of 7 WTC. From the New York Times.

Section IV: Rebuilding Efforts

Q: Where can I find information about the rebuilding?

A: For New York City from the New York Times:

Thinking Big: A Plan?

Envisioning Downtown

Improving Downtown Transportation

Analysis of engineering details below WTC


A: For Washington, D.C. from the Washington Post:


A: Rebuilding the Pentagon.

Q: How did the U.S. react militarily to 9/11? What was the domestic response?

A: Attacks on Afghanistan and the domestic reaction Attacks on Afghanistan and the domestic reaction. From the New York Times.