Airliner World 250: Events to shape the industry


September 11, 2001

The number of aircraft hijackings had largely tailed off in the decades following the 1970s. That was, until September 11, 2001 and the largest mass hijacking since Black September in 1970. Two Boeing 757s and a pair of 767s from United Airlines and American Airlines were seized by members of the al-Qaeda terrorist group while en route during early morning domestic connections.

Three jets were deliberately crashed into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York and The Pentagon in Washington DC. A fourth, a United Airlines 757-200, had been intended for either The White House or the US Capitol, but crashed into a Pennsylvania field during an attempt by passengers and crew to regain control of the aircraft.

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