The morning of September 11th, 2001 was bright and crisp, which was shattered by a sudden attack by terrorists. It was a fateful Tuesday, the morning of which saw the first attack come by when a plane was flying right into the World Trade Center in the city of New York. The time was September 11th, 2001 around 8.46 am as per Eastern standard time in the country. The American Airlines flight 11 was dashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. The initial reaction of many was that it was an accident, a simple error made by the pilot. As the crash hit the news in different channels and photographers and journalists came to capture the scene, there were billowing smoke and flame as well as bodies of people who had to plunge to their deaths when they were trapped inside the building. Journalists, as well as everyday people, were filming, capturing the scenes and watching the skies when another plane flew in and hit the south tower around 9.02 am.
The shock of the first strike was hardly absorbed when a second strike came from. Indeed, it was later revealed that another plane had been headed towards Washington around 9.37 am. The passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 started to receive phone calls that their flight might be hijacked and were informed of the earlier attacks. The people aboard this flight did not allow the hijacked plane to hit Washington but forced it to change course and it crashed in a field close to Shanksville instead of hitting Washington DC as was the intended target.
There were several theories that were later formed and different information that was received about these attacks, how they were formed and other effects. One interesting fact is about Ben Sliney. It was his first day as National Operations Manager at Federal Aviation Administration. He ordered a ground stop across the country. The prompt decision that he took helped to ground all planes within a span of two hours. This was definitely a prompted and decisive move he made when there could have been other planes moving under the instructions of hijackers if they were allowed to fly. This decision was taken by Sliney as he had been a traffic controller and supervisors before, having managed air traffic in his previous career roles. Later on, he played a small role in the film called United 93 that was shot in 2006.