On September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorists crashed two airliners into the World Trade Center in New York, causing the 110-story twin towers to collapse. Another hijacked airliner hit the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Here are five things you didn't know about the September 11, 2001 attacks.
A Labrador Retriever Named Roselle Saved 31 People A seeing-eye dog named Roselle that belonged to Michael Hingson was along with her owner on the 78th floor at his job in Tower 1 of the World Trade Center when the plane struck the building. The dog led her owner, along with 30 others, down to safety through the confusion and smoke, staying focused and calm even when debris was raining down on people in the group. Once outside the building, the heroic dog led her owner to the subway station to go home as though it had been an ordinary day.
One of the Plane Engines Survived the Disaster Despite the mass destruction that occurred to the twin towers on September 11, one of the plane’s engines survived intact, despite the buildings’ collapse and explosions. It was found several blocks from the twin towers in downtown Manhattan between 50 Murray Street and 51 Park Place.
Orders Were Given to Shoot Down One of the Planes When it was discovered that United 93 had been taken over by terrorists, it was reported that Vice President Dick Cheney gave orders to intercept the plane and shoot it down before it could reach the nation’s capital. However, Air Force fighter planes were already airborne and would not have been able to bring the plane down in time, according to a report. The report on 9/11 states that military officials said that if the passengers had not caused the plane to crash, fighter jets would have, but this has been shown to be incorrect.
One Firefighter Was Killed by a Jumper A woman who either jumped or fell from one of the towers landed on Daniel Suhr, which caused catastrophic injuries to the firefighter. Several other firefighters rode along with him in the ambulance to Belleview Hospital, and efforts were made to resuscitate the man who had been nicknamed “Captain America.” Ironically, seven of the firefighters who stayed with him would probably have been killed when the tower crashed down minutes later.
20 People Survived Under the Rubble Genelle Guzman-McMillan was inside the World Trade Center and working when she heard a loud noise from her office at the Port Authority. She ran downstairs as the building collapsed and because the last living person saved from underneath the rubble 27 hours later. Three police officers and six firefighters were among the other 19 individuals who were pulled out alive.