On September 11, 2001, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists coordinated suicide attacks. They all had the intent of dying in the process of killing others.
All 19 coordinators died, crashing two planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, another plane into Pentagon in Virginia and the fourth and final plane into a field in Pennsylvania. They killed 2,973 victims in the process.
These planes were far from empty. The al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked commercial planes, run by American Airlines and United Airlines. 246 people occupied these four planes, 246 people died on these four planes. The fourth plane was crashed as the result of onboard passengers and flight crew battling with the terrorists in attempt to take control of the plane. Later analysis has shown that this plane was en route to either Capitol or the White House.
All of those who died were innocent civilians, exclusive of the 55 military personnel killed at the Pentagon. Civilians from more than 90 different countries were killed, resulting from the attacks to the World Trade Center.
An investment bank, Cantor Fitzgerald L.P., lost 658 employees. This figure is considerably higher than the loss of any other employers. The runner-up went to Marsh Inc., who lost 335 employees.
Al-Qaeda’s work day started during early morning hours, the first attack took place at 8.46am and the last at 10.03am. At any result, although the loss of life is of true regret, the fact that less than 3,000 victims died is truly fortunate. Had al-Qaeda have struck their attacks much later, the 9/11 attack’s intent would have more thoroughly been fulfilled.