Frequently Asked Questions About September 11, 2001

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 Themselves
  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

Section I: The Attacks Themselves

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

A: Chronology: "September 11: Chronology of Terror". From CNN.com

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.

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: America's Day of Terror. From BBC News

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

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

Q: Do you have information regarding the victims?

A: CNN.com has compiled A Memorial to the victims.

A: The New York Times has compiled the Medical Examiner's list of 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: World Trade Center Building Performance Study. From the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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 III: Rebuilding Efforts

Q: Where can I find information about the rebuilding?

A: For New York City, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation

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: 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.

Section IV: The 9-11 Commission Report

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

A: 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."

A: The 9-11 Commission Report can be found on the 9-11 Commission website