The Flight That Changed America

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Krystal Patterson
English 1010 – 16 11484
Mrs. Thompson
10 March 2013
The Flight That Changed America
Disaster, horrifying, deadly, unforgettable, historic. These are all words that are most likely used when describing 9/11. What was supposed to be another ordinary September day in America was far from that. On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. September 11th 2001 marked one of the most tragic events in recent American and Muslim American history.

At around 8:45 am on a Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The plane was loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel leaving a burning gaping hole on impact (“9/11 Attacks”). The statuesque steel-framed tower had 110 floors, where many people were instantly killed and others trapped on the higher levels. Meanwhile in Tower 2, employees were in slight panic as the first building was beginning to collapse before them. They soon believed that it was a freak accident and were told to return back to work. Unfortunately, that was a precaution that should have been rethought. As people watched the unfortunate events in New York, American Airlines Flight 77 circled over downtown Washington, D.C., and slammed into the west side of the Pentagon at about 9:45 a.m. Approximately, 18 minutes after the first plane hit a second plane swiftly appeared with an intended target; the second tower. As bystanders on looked this horrific sight, it then became very evident that this wasn’t an accident and America was under attack. Instantaneously the busy New York City streets became permeated with falling debris from. The pretty clear sky that beamed a morning sky was now a very flush and dark sky with fear in the air. As paramedics and firefighters arrived to the scene they were dismayed with what...
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