Реферат: USA on attack

On Tuesday, hijackers crashed two passenger jets into the WorldTrade Center in New York City, toppling the 110-story twin towers and killingall aboard the jets and an unknown number on the ground and in the building.

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

According to the FBI, the planes involved in the trade centercrashes were American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 en route from Boston toLos Angeles carrying 81 passengers, nine flight attendants and two pilots, andUnited Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767 also headed from Boston to Los Angeles.Officials said the plane was carrying 56 passengers, two pilots and sevenflight attendants.

On Tuesday night, FBI issued several search warrants on U.S.residents based on preliminary information on how two of the planes werehijacked. They said a flight attendant called authorities from the airborneAmerican Airlines Flight 11, reporting that two flight attendants had beenstabbed and that intruders had broken into the cockpit. The Christian ScienceMonitor reported that air traffic controllers could hear the hijackers ofFlight 11 instructing the pilots in English.

A passenger on the United flight that crashed outside Pittsburghcalled authorities from his cell phone, saying the plane had been hijacked. Asenior FBI official told ABCNEWS that investigators received reports that otherpassengers were able to call 911 or relatives, and described horrific scenes ofterrorists slashing throats.

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