World Trade Center Hit by Two Planes
This site is good for getting information on the survivors, and how you can help: wtc.toto.com. Also, you can donate money to the Red Cross through Amazon; they keep no part of the proceeds: ttp://www.amazon.com/paypage/PKAXFNQH7EKCX.
There's no definite person to pin the terrorist attacks on. The twin towers of the World Trade Center and a nearby building have collapsed. The Pentagon is damaged. A fourth hijacked plane crashed near Pittsburg. The Pittsburg crash is thought to have been related to a possible attempt on Camp David. Five warships have been deployed to guard the east coast of America, and two aircraft carriers have been dispatched to New York. All air-traffic is grounded
There is much call for both blood donations and monetary. Phone numbers to call for information about giving either:
I've left the news below from this morning intact:
This isn't strictly on-topic for the site, but it's so hard to get news anywhere else that I'm posting here. Two hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center this morning, one plane per tower, 18 minutes apart. Both towers have collapsed. A third (plane or helicopter) struck the Pentagon. All the news sites seem to be unable to respond, but I've found some texts that I've added below. The link to sky.com seems to be working for now: here. The White House has been evacuated. All planes have been grounded.
This site is also up and useful: wttg.com.
From MSNBC: NEW YORK, Sept. 11 — Two aircraft slammed into the World Trade Center in New York on Tuesday, in what was immediately speculated to be a terrorist attack. The FBI reported that a hijacking might have taken place just before the crashes. Police and ambulances were rushing to the scene.
THE AIRCRAFT struck about a half hour apart, starting fires and sending smoke billowing out of the skyscrapers. The first crash happened shortly before 9 a.m. ET. MSNBC.com reporter Martin Wolk, who was inside one of the towers, said the lights flickered and then a loud bang was heard. People panicked and started to flee the building. When they reached the lobby, smoke started to fill the building and people could see debris falling and many cars outside were damaged.
“It was sheer pandemonium, people were screaming and crying, afraid to go outside because of the falling debris,” Wolk said. “We looked up and it looked like the top 20 floors were in flames.” Another bystander described a barrage of debris raining down on the sidewalk below. Advertisement About 9 a.m., a second aircraft was seen crashing into the other tower. Broadcast cameras already watching the scene filmed the second plane ram the tower. Large holes were visible in sides of the 110-story buildings. The tops of the twin towers were obscured by the smoke. Thousands of pieces of what appeared to be office paper came drifting over Brooklyn, about three miles from the tower, one witness said.
Terrorism was speculated given that the center was bombed on Feb. 26, 1993, killing six people and injured more than 1,000 others. The FBI said it was investigating reports of a hijacking. A United Airlines employee said he had heard reports that an American Airlines jet had been hijacked and was one of the two aircraft that flew into the center. It was not clear if there were passengers on board. New York airports and the Lincoln Tunnel reportedly were closed as a precautionary measure.