Реферат: America Under Attack

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On Tuesday, hijackerscrashed two passenger jets into the World Trade Center in New York City,toppling the 110-story twin towers and killing all aboard the jets and anunknown number on the ground and in the building.

In a similar attack,another passenger plane struck the Pentagon, leaving a gaping gash in thenation's military hub, killing all on board the plane and more on the ground.Within an hour, a fourth airliner went down near Pittsburgh, killing allaboard.

According to the FBI, theplanes involved in the trade center crashes were American Airlines Flight 11, aBoeing 767 en route from Boston to Los Angeles carrying 81 passengers, nineflight attendants and two pilots, and United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767also headed from Boston to Los Angeles. Officials said the plane was carrying56 passengers, two pilots and seven flight attendants.

On Tuesday night, FBIissued several search warrants on U.S. residents based on preliminaryinformation on how two of the planes were hijacked. They said a flightattendant called authorities from the airborne American Airlines Flight 11,reporting that two flight attendants had been stabbed and that intruders hadbroken into the cockpit. The Christian Science Monitor reported that airtraffic controllers could hear the hijackers of Flight 11 instructing thepilots in English.

A passenger on the Unitedflight that crashed outside Pittsburgh called authorities from his cell phone,saying the plane had been hijacked. A senior FBI official told ABCNEWS thatinvestigators received reports that other passengers were able to call 911 orrelatives, and described horrific scenes of terrorists slashing throats.

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