The Twin Towers were an iconic sight on the New York skyline – the tall, imposing structures dominating the view from across the water. But 18 years ago, tragedy stuck – killing thousands of people in a harrowing terror attack that wrought devastation across the world. So what happened on that fateful day, when 19 men hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial flights bound for west coast destinations?
A total of 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon in Washington.
And 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
But not all the victims have been identified. As of July 2019, only 1,644 (60 percent) of 2,753 WTC victims’ remains have been positively identified.