Part 1 of 2 of the complete air-traffic control recordings of American Airlines flight 11.
This is the newly released recordings of American Airlines Flight 11 which crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Centre after being hijacked by five terrorists. This was the first plane to be hijacked on September 11, 2001.
American Airlines Flight 11 departed Boston-Logan for Los Angeles at 07:59. The aircraft was hijacked by five terrorists. The hijackers took over control, reportedly switched off the transponder and changed course to New York. At 08:46 the aircraft was flown into the North side of the 110-story New York WTC North tower in a slightly left wing down attitude, crashed and exploded into the 93rd through 98th floors. The massive fire weakened the tower structure on these floors and the tower collapsed at 10:28. Most of the office workers below the 93th floor were able to evacuate the tower on time before the collapse. Seventeen minutes after Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower, the WTC South Tower was struck by a United Airlines Boeing 767, N612UA. It has been calculated that 1530 people were killed on the North Tower, and 612 on the South Tower. Additionally 479 rescue workers were killed. According to an FAA study, N334AA struck the WTC at a speed of 494mph an MIT study however determined the plane was probably traveling at 429 mph.