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Frequently Asked Questions about 9/11

On this page the September 11 Digital Archive has gathered links to a variety of reliable web resources that can help answer a number of the most frequently asked questions (FAQS) regarding the Septemer 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:

  1. The September 11 Attacks
  2. The Immediate Response to and Consequences of the Attacks in NYC, Including Information Regarding the Victims
  3. Rebuilding Efforts
  4. The 9-11 Commission Report
  5. Memorials

Section I: The Attacks Themselves

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

  • Chronology: "September 11: Chronology of Terror," from CNN.com
  • Chronology: Sept. 11 (102 Minutes), from the New York Times.
  • Timeline of events before, during, and after attack, from the New York Times.
  • Timeline: National September 11 Memorial and Museum

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

  • 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.

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?

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

Q: Do you have information regarding the victims?

Q: How many FDNY companies responded and from where?

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

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

Q: How did the towers actually fall?

Q: How did 7 WTC fall?

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

Section III: Rebuilding Efforts

Q: Where can I find information about the rebuilding?

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

Section IV: The 9-11 Commission Report

Q: What is the 9-11 Commission Report, and where can I find it?

  • The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9-11 Commission) was chartered by the President of the United States "to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparesness for and the immediate response to the attacks. The Commission is also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks."
  • The 9-11 Commission Report can be found on the 9-11 Commission website

Section V: Memorials

Q: Are there any memorials I can visit?