War and Conflict


How many died in the September 11 attacks?

About 3,000 people died that day as a result of the terrorist attacks on the United States. The strikes on New York’s World Trade Center claimed 2,602 lives, and another 125 died at the Pentagon, outside Washington, D.C. (The numbers include firefighters and police officers who died as part of the rescue effort.) The victims on board the hijacked flights, which were used as terrorist weapons, numbered an additional 87 on American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center; 60 on United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center; 59 on American Airlines Flight 77, which slammed into the Pentagon; and 40 on United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

In February 2005 officials announced that they had exhausted all possible methods of identifying the human remains recovered at Ground Zero. Of the 2,749 people reported missing at the World Trade Center, positive identification had been made on 1,161 people. The rest were presumed dead; 2,749 death certificates were issued related to the World Trade Center attack.


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