America Under Attack: Death Toll

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World Trade Center

2,607 in the two towers and surrounding area. Most died on impact.

  • An estimated 200 people perished in elevators. The elevators did not plunge, but doors would not open onto the floors.
  • An estimated 200 jumped or fell to their deaths from the burning towers.
  • The average age of the dead was 40.
  • All 141 passengers and crew on the 2 aircraft that struck, both Boeing 767s loaded with fuel, died on impact.

First Responders

  • 343 Fire Department of New York (FDNY) firefighters, including a chaplain and two paramedics
  • 60 police officers of the New York City Police Department and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • 8 emergency medical technicians and paramedics from private emergency medical services and the New York Fire Patrol

More than 6,000 others were injured.

Body Recovery

  • 293 intact bodies were recovered at the site.
  • More than 21,000 remaining body parts were taken to the New York City Medical Examiner’s office on East 26th Street.
  • About 40% of the remains have yet to be identified due to DNA contamination and pressure from the extreme heat and collapsed buildings, and body fragments not found until months later.

Fatalities Still Grow

  • Now, 20 years later, rescuers and volunteers who worked for weeks or months in the highly toxic air at Ground Zero continue to sicken and die from 9/11-related cancers, gastrointestinal, respiratory and other illnesses.
  • As of 2018 more than 2,000 had died due to cancer-related illnesses.

Twin Towers Facts

  • Opened fully in 1973.
  • Each tower took approximately six years to build.
  • 8:46 AM. The North Tower collapses only 1 hour and 42 minutes after American Airlines Flight #11 strikes the upper floors.
  • 9:03 AM. The South Tower collapses only 56 minutes after United Airlines Flight #175 strikes the lower floors.
  • In 1993 terrorists had tried to destroy both towers by planting a truck bomb in the garage below the North Tower. The detonation killed six people, including a pregnant woman, and injured more than 1,000. 

Pentagon Deaths  @ 9:37 AM  September 11, 2001

  • 125 people inside the Pentagon building
  • 59 passengers and crew on the hijacked American Airlines Boeing 757 Flight #77
  • The plane struck the west wall of the Pentagon building’s first floor.

Flight To Washington D.C. Deaths @10:03 AM September 11, 2001

  • All 53 passengers and crew.
  • The last aircraft to be hijacked, United Airlines Flight #93, was believed headed for the Capitol, the White House, or a nuclear power plant along the East Coast.
  • A few passengers, alerted to the other hijackings through cell phone calls to loved ones, realized they were part of a wider terrorist attack, took a vote, and decided to fight back to retake control of the cockpit.
  • Because they did so, hijackers failed to reach their target and deliberately dove the plane into a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania, about 130 miles from Washington.
  • Without the passengers’ and cockpit crews’ actions, it is strongly believed even more would have died.
  • In 2002 Congress honored their courage by establishing The Flight 93 National Memorial, a 2,200-acre memorial at the crash site.

Note : The statistics here  are drawn from multiple sources. Whenever they varied, the most reliable/ most recently available data were used.