American Airlines Flight 11 Timeline

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Timeline


  • (6:45 - 6:52 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Arrival at the airport


  • (6:45 - 7:40 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Check in and boarding the flight


  • (7:31 - 7:40 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Boarding


  • (7:40/7:45 - 7:59 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Flight 11 departs


  • (8:10 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Flight 11 handed off to Boston Center ATC


  • (8:14 - 8:24 a.m.) September 11, 2001: The latest regular communication from Flight 11


  • (8:14 - 8:20 a.m.) September 11, 2001: ATC try to figure out what's happening


  • (8:19 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Betty Ong's call talks of a hijacking



<mp3>Betty Ong Phone Call.mp3|download</mp3>- 4 minutes of Betty Ong's phone call

  • (8:20 a.m.) September 11, 2001: More from Ong


  • (8:21 a.m.) September 11, 2001: The transponder is turned off



  • (8:22 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Ong provides more information


  • (8:23 a.m.) September 11, 2001: American Airlines sent a text message to the cockpit


  • (8:24 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Boston Center hear Mohamed Atta

<mp3>We have some planes.mp3|download</mp3>- Atta's voice from the Flight 11 cockpit



  • (8:24 - 8:32 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Boston Center raises the alert


  • (8:25 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Madeline Sweeney calls with more information


  • (8:26 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Flight 11 "flying erratically"


  • (8:28 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Boston Center alerts the FAA


  • (8:29 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Anerican Airlines check with Boston Center


  • (8:30 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Flight 11 changes direction


  • (After 8:30, before 8:45 a.m.) September 11, 2001: American Airlines begin their emegency procedures


  • (8:31 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Boston Center provide more data


  • (8:32 a.m.) September 11, 2001: FAA discuss the hijacking



  • (8:33 a.m.) September 11, 2001: American Airlines HQ now suspect a hijacking


  • (8:34 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Boston Center look for fighter support



  • (8:35 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Information from Ong is passed up the line


  • (8:36 a.m.) September 11, 2001: American Airlines invoke emergency procedures


  • (8:37 - 8:38 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Flight 11 in rapid descent


  • (8:37:52 a.m. and later) September 11, 2001: Boston Center informs NORAD about the hijacking


<mp3>FAA talk to NEADS re AA11.mp3|download</mp3>- NEADs are informed about the hijacking of Flight 11

  • (8:40 a.m.) September 11, 2001: NEADS place fighters on battle stations


  • (8:41 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Flight 11 closes in on New York




  • (8:43 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Washington warned about Flight 11


  • (8:44 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Calls terminate


  • (8:45 a.m.) September 11, 2001: The FBI are informed


  • (8:46 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Flight 11 crashes into WTC1



While the Commission recorded an impact time of 8:46:40, NIST used a time of 8:46:29 based on seismic records. The difference has been used to suggest the seismic readings actually recorded a pre-impact explosion in the basement, however that doesn't stand up to scrutiny. Read more here.


  • Impact time and after, September 11, 2001: Eye witnesses


  • (8:50 a.m.) September 11, 2001: A crash is reported to American HQ


  • (8:53 a.m.) September 11, 2001: NORAD unaware of the crash


  • (9:03 a.m.) September 11, 2001: "We have some planes"


<mp3>FAA on We Have No Planes.MP3|download</mp3>- The "we have some planes" transmission is discussed

  • (9:16 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Flight 11 is suspect for the first crash


  • (9:21 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Boston Center say Flight 11 is still airborne



<mp3>FAA AA11 still airborne.mp3|download</mp3>- FAA say Flight 11 is still airborne
<mp3>NEADS scramble re phantom AA11.mp3|download</mp3>- NEADS response

  • (9:23 a.m.) September 11, 2001: NEADS order Langley fighters scrambled


  • (9:24 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Scramble order is processed


  • (9:27 a.m.) September 11, 2001: NEADS unsure about Flight 11 status


  • (9:30 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Langley fighters airborne