Remember seeing the 9/11 attacks as if it just happened yesterday? Remember the shocking news spreading like a fire in the wild to the whole world? The crying of the people on losing their loved ones, that speech of the President of United States, the struggle of common people and fire-fighters to stop that everlasting fire! How can anyone ever forget that site on their TV screens seeing one of the strongest countries of this world fighting such a battle? Following are some of the interesting facts about 9/11 tragedy that everyone will like to know.
1. The original plan
The Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda had originally conspired about attacking the Nuclear power plants on 9/11 but they then decided to ditch the plan for they thought that things might get out of control. Nevertheless, they decided to target 4 locations by hijacking four airlines. Two planes flew into the twin towers of the WTC in New York City, the third plane hit the Pentagon outside Washington D.C., and the fourth one crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.
2. Did the president know about it?
A month before the sad tragedy, the then president, Mr George W. Bush was handed a report, which stated that Bin Laden would be targeting the New York City and hijacking planes. The report was titled as “Bin Laden determined to strike in US”. Creepy enough, isn’t it?
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3. The death toll
Only 18 people were rescued alive from the shocking 1.4 million tons of World Trade Center debris after this hideous incident. The rescue teams that included rescue dogs recovered 19,435 body parts. Interestingly, the world trade center’s most famous survivor and its president, Tania Head, was later found to be a fraud, as she was not even present in the building at the time of attacks.
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4. So how many towers did actually fall?
To this day, many people believe that only the two “twin towers” of World Trade center that were hit by the hijacked planes fell and crashed, but, a third tower, a 47 storey building, called the Tower 7 also collapsed into its own footprint at the speed of a free fall. Strangely enough, Tower 7 was not even hit by any plane and still it fell and crashed to absolutely nothing in few minutes.
5. Relation with CIA
One of the biggest organizations of USA, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had a secret office on the 25th floor of tower 7, World Trade Center which was one of the nearby buildings that collapsed after the 9/11 attacks.
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6. Media reports mischief?
Almost a completely shocking thing to hear, all the major news channels, BBC, CNN, FOX and MSNBC reported the collapse of tower 7 even before it collapsed into debris. The reporter of BBC was reporting the collapsing of the third tower while showing the live footage of the scene, but the tower was seen standing intact in the camera.
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7. About the hijackers
The alleged 19 hijackers of the attack, including Mohammad Atta being the leader, were never even identified in the investigations that followed the events of 9/11. According to some reports of mainstream media, at least 7 FBI named perpetrators are still alive and free.
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8. Suspects could have been identified
In fact, the actor James Woods had reported 4 suspicious individuals in his flight on august 2011, but the authorities never acted on his claim and those suspected later turned out to be the 9/11 hijackers.
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9. Michael Jackson and the twin towers
The king of pop, Michael Jackson coincidentally had a meeting scheduled at the twin towers of the World Trade Center on the day of 9/11 attacks, but he overslept and missed the meeting, thus retaining the gift of life.
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10. Pablo’s work
The attacks of 9/11 also destroyed US $100 million in art, which also included the work from Pablo Picasso.
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11. Live footage
Although the video footage and accounts of the WTC attack aired immediately after it happened, no video footage of the Pentagon attack and Pennsylvania crash was publicly released until 2006.
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12. The health issues
It took the fire fighters a total of 100 days to extinguish the fire ignited by the attacks in New York completely. Due to the collapsing of the Twin Towers, tons of toxic debris containing contaminants and carcinogens was spread in the air, resulting in devitalizing illness and high death toll. An estimated 18,000 people developed diseases due to inhalation of toxic dust from fire and debris.
13. The unsung hero
Instead of smoke and noise all around a guide dog patiently saved her owner and 30 more people by helping them 1,463 step out of the world trade center. The dog also rescued the lady who became blind because of debris.
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14. American Airlines sued
An American Airlines was taken to the court by an investment bank which lost its 75% of the employees in the 9/11 attack for their negligence in allowing the terrorists to board. Moreover, the investment bank won the case with $135 million as the settlement amount.
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15. The disappointed dogs
After the attacks the rescue dogs found very few people alive and got very disappointed and stressed. In order to keep their spirits high the handlers and the trainers used to plan mock “lives” so that they felt successful.