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6:12p Chicago's Midway Airport is off the FAA's closure list. Only Boston's Logan Airport and D.C's Reagan Airport remain on this list. (FAA)
6:07p Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Update
Released Friday, September 14, 2001 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
In the ongoing effort to restore the U.S. aviation system, the Department of Transportation approved resumption of general aviation IFR flights, effective at 4 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time. Pilots must be instrument-rated, must file IFR flight plans and must receive a clearance before departure. Please note that flights under visual flight rules have not been authorized at this time. For more information, access the news release on the Department of Transportation Web site.
The FAA air traffic control system is handling an increasing number of flights. As of 1:30 p.m. EDT, the system had handled 10,000 flights.
Following is an update on airlines:
The FAA continues to advise air travelers to contact specific airlines to find out their flight schedules and boarding requirements.· All U.S. carriers are permitted to fly domestic routes and to international destinations.
Washington Reagan National Airport is temporarily closed. Most other major U.S. airports have implemented increased FAA security measures and are ready for business. Individual airport authorities and airlines are determining the pace of resumption of service. Air travelers should contact specific airports to ensure they are open and handling flights.
5:57p USNS Comfort, a hospital ship enters New York harbor. (CNN)
5:49p San Francisco International Airport has reopened. (San Francisco Int'l Airport)
5:47p New Yorkers have been warned against giving their social security numbers to people posing as rescue workers. (Fox)
5:46p FBI has issued over 100 subpoenas and 30 search warrants. (Fox)
5:42p Market systems to be examined and tested tomorrow. (Fox)
5:40p Two men detained at Amtrak Station in Fort Worth. (Fox)
5:37p Military authorities state requirements for 35,000 reservists to be called up within a matter of days. (Daily News)
5:33p US Post Office resumes mail delivery that has stopped in some areas due to aviation ban, although not without delay. (Daily News)
5:26p Germany releases US attack suspect without charges. (BBC)
5:24p Both "black boxes" have been recovered from crash site at Pentagon; voice recorder is still missing. (Fox)
5:22p FBI have made no arrests, but claim they have thousands of leads. (Fox)
5:21p NASDAQ and NYSE scheduled to reopen Monday morning. (Fox)
5:18p US authorities have found reason to believe bin Laden is hiding out in the mountains of southern Afganistan. (Fox)
5:16p Washington's Reagan Airport remains closed "indefinitely" for logistical and security reasons. (CNN)
5:12p US Secretary General states the FBI is handing over the names of 100 suspects involved in the recent attacks to law enforcement across the country. (Fox)
4:49p Boston's Logan airport is scheduled to be reopened Sept 15 at 5:00am. (FAA)
4:45p Mayor of NY Giuliani is threatening to prosecute any unauthorized telemarketing solicitors asking for donations. (CNN)
4:38p UNCONFIRMED: The US is requesting Iranian support.
Iran is listed by the State Department as a sponsor of terrorism and the United States has not had diplomatic relations with Iran since 1980. (Daily News)
4:28p Secretary of State Powell said the US will measure its relations with other countries depending on which stand they take on terrorism, ``This has become a new benchmark, a new way of measuring the relationship and what we can do together.''
Powell waits for a response from Pakistan on whether it would seal its border with Afghanistan. He is also asking Pakistan to grant US permission to fly over the country in the event of an attack on bin Laden's camps.
An anonymous Pakistani official said the US is discussing a possible strike to wipe out an entire network of terrorists operating from secret bases in Afghanistan, which has a 1,560-mile border with Pakistan.
The State Department lists Pakistan as a country that is host to at least one terrorist organization.
4:14p Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon cancels forthcoming talks with Palestinians. (BBC)
4:05p President Bush authorizes the Pentagon to call up 50,000 US reserve troops. (BBC)
3:58p US investigating authorities have now released the names of 19 suspects directly involved in the hijackings. (BBC)
3:56p Private flights forced to land on Tuesday have been allowed back into US airspace. (BBC)
3:53p The San Francisco Airport has just closed. (FAA)
3:49p Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri continues with plan to visit Washington next week despite recent attacks. Indonesia has the highest Muslim population in the world. (CNN)
3:41p Secretary of State Colin Powell has stated that Afganistan's ruling Taliban may soon "pay the price" for not fully cooperating in the handing over of Osama bin Laden. (CNN)
3:38p US Senators have approved the spending of $40 billion toward clean up, rebuilding and security. (CNN)
3:35p At the Pentagon, 190 people remain unaccounted for. (CNN)
3:31p Despite long-standing diplomatic hostility between the United States and Sudan, and the United Nations' decision to put off lifting sanctions against Sudan, the African country has unequivocally condemned this week's terror attacks on the United States. In a letter addressed to US President George W. Bush, Sudanese President Bashir described the attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington,DC as heinous and deplorable. He also expressed regret for the thousands of lives lost in the attack. The United States has in the past accused the Khartoum regime of harboring terrorists, and bombed (on flimsy grounds) a pharmaceutical factory outside Khartoum in 1998. (Channel Africa)
3:24p If anyone who is stranded away from home would like their abandoned pet to be looked after call 888-567-8123. (CNN)
3:16p An official at the Pentagon estimates the damage caused Tuesday at $100 million. (CNN)
3:14p President Bush orders flags at half staff through Sept. 22. (CNN)
3:09p At least 10,425 tons of debris has been removed from the crash site in NY. (CNN)
3:07p Washington's Reagan Airport has closed, and remain so until at least Saturday. (CNN)
3:05p Yassar Arafat had no comment on the Taleban's threats and calls for unity. (ABC)
3:02p Bush travels with great deal of security to Manhattan. (ABC)
3:00p Persistent rain has been disrupting the rescue search in Manhatten. (ABC)
2:59p Hamas, the Islamic militant group urged Muslims to unite against any US retaliation. (ABC)
2:56p All three NY airports are now open. (CNN)
2:55p Boston's Logan Airport has been closed as well. (ABC)
2:54p Chicago's Midway Airport has been closed for security reasons. (ABC)
2:40p The spokesman for Cairo's Muslim Brotherhood, the largest Muslim group in Egypt, claimed his group is backing the Taleban's threat to retaliate against the US in the case of an attack on Afganistan. Although he continued to condemn the attacks. (ABC)
2:34p Most of Europe observed a three minute silence today at noon. (ABC)
2:31p In Ireland most offices and business were ordered closed today. (ABC)
2:25p The FAA is allowing international flights by US carriers only, although international flights are allowed to leave the US. (OSAC)
2:20p Mexican Stock Exchange officials announces they would remain closed Friday. (Country Watch)
12:59p 200,000 people gathered before Berlin's Brandenburg Gate today to show solidarity with the people of the United States, viewed warmly by many for reconstruction of Germany following World War II, and for aiding Berlin during the Soviet blockade. (ABC)
12:55p UNCONFIRMED: New York-area airports have reopened. (ATS)
12:49p For the first time since the suspension of commercial flights in the USA this week, two aircraft left Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport today. The Delta Airlines flights were authorized to return to Atlanta. One left at 1215 (local time) and the other at 1400. Some of those on board the first flight were originally scheduled to fly on Air France; however, the French carrier has stated that it cannot presently meet the United States' new security guidelines. (AP)
12:45p Authorities have stepped up security measures at the EuroAirport that serves the Basel-Mulhouse-Fribourg area. Security officers have closed off the visitors' terraces and stepped up screening procedures. (AP)
12:44p Canadian-US border is functioning as normal, but travelers should expect delays due to heightened security measures. (US Border Patrol)
12:17p Jordanian newspapers warned today that U.S. military strikes for the suicide attacks on American targets will not eradicate terrorism, but could instead fuel more violence. (Agence France Presse)
12:15p The US Embassy in Lome, Togo has reopened after closing on 12 September 2001 for unspecified security reasons. (Agence France Presse)
12:11p Tajikistan authorities stated on Friday that they are not prepared to guarantee the U.S. air space should Washington decide to launch strikes against sites in Afghanistan. Prime Minister Akil Akilov expressed concern over a possible inflow of refugees should the strikes occur. (Agence France Presse)
11:48a According to a senior white house official, The Bush administration is asking Pakistan for permission to let U.S. military aircraft fly through its territory if airstrikes are ordered against terrorist targets in neighboring Afghanistan. (AP)
11:42a Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia has criticized the United States for singling out Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in connection with Tuesday's attacks, warning of "revenge" if the United States attacked their country. (Reuters)
11:40a Russia's defense minister has voiced skepticism at the feasibility of a U.S.-led anti-terrorist operation against Afghanistan from Central Asia. (Fox News)
11:38a Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger called Thursday for a sustained war against terrorist groups and their supporters. The Bush administration should think hard about punishing Iraq, probably Syria and possibly Iran, Eagleburger said. And, he said, Saudi Arabia is "much too tolerant" of terrorists. (AP)
11:35a Rescheduling problems and new security measures coupled with an expected drop-off in air travel will leave world airlines with losses ranging from $4 billion to $10 billion, experts say. (Fox News)
11:32a With the nation on maximum alert against future threats, the Senate on Friday authorized the use of force to hunt down those responsible for Tuesday's terrorist attacks. The U.S. House of Representatives plans to give its approval on Saturday to the bipartisan measure requested by the president as he moves to retaliate. The resolution is not a formal declaration of war, but is modeled after it, authorizing Bush to respond militarily while also assuring lawmakers timely oversight and consultation. (Yahoo)
11:25a European stock markets reportedly suffering sharp losses today.
11:24a Two men under federal scrutiny in the terrorist jet hijackings spent several hours practicing turns in a Miami-area commercial flight simulator nine months before the attacks. Aviation experts agreed it probably was all the training they needed. (Miami Herald)
11:22a An official Declaration of War has been introduced by U.S. Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.), along with eight of his colleagues in the House. The resolution, if enacted, would officially place the U.S. at war with, "Any entity that committed the acts of international terrorism against the United States on September 11, 2001, or commits acts of international terrorism against the United States thereafter." The proposal also identifies, "any country or entity that has provided or provides support or protection for any entity," described by the language above, as a target of the declaration. (CNS News)
11:10a Searchers today found the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from the hijacked plane that flew into the Pentagon and exploded. The boxes are now in the possession of the FBI. (AP)
11:03a Washington rules that only US aircraft will be allowed into American airspace for the time being - foreign carriers will be allowed in only after they adopt strict new security measures (BBC)
10:38a UNCONFIRMED: Vivende-Seagrams building in NYC was evacuated yesterday due to bomb threats. Also unconfirmed reports state that the CBS next door was also evacuated due to concern over bomb threats.
10:36a Last night, security personnel stormed two aircraft at John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York, detaining 10 people, although authorities are now saying that it was an overreaction. All 10 people were released. Officials stated that "there was no second wave of terrorism." One of those arrested was allegedly carrying a fake pilot's license. Tensions continue to run high at airports and high-profile facilities throughout the country, making them prone to closures due to perceived threats. (Air Security Hot Spots http://www.airsecurity.com/hotspots/hotspots.asp)
Meanwhile, reports emerged today that the Department of Defense is planning to activate tens of thousands of military reserves personnel for "homeland defense," as polls suggest that most U.S. citizens support military action against groups or countries involved in the terrorist attacks. (Air Security Hot Spots)
10:30a The US Senate has authorized President Bush to use force in response to terrorist attacks. The Senate has also approved giving US$40 billion in emergency aid to help the victims of the attacks, and pursue those responsible for the 11 September terrorist attacks against US targets. (ABC)
10:14a US financial markets are to reopen on Monday, 17 September 2001. (Times of India)
10:11a Reports have emerged that FBI agents arrested an Islamic militant in Boston last month and received French intelligence reports indicating that the detainee was linked to Osama bin Laden. The detainee had dual French and Algerian citizenship, several passports, technical information on Boeing aircraft and flight manuals. He was also taking flying lessons. (Europe 1 Radio)
9:27a JFK, LaGuardia, Teterborough and Newark airports will remain closed until further notice. (CNN) Meanwhile, airports serving Washington DC are open at various levels of operations today; however, airlines are not ticketing passengers. An airport representative has confirmed that there will be no flights from National today. Passengers who were evacuated on 11 September may now retrieve luggage. (ATI)
9:24a The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), after announcing yesterday that e-tickets would no longer be permissible, has apparently backed down and will instead allow carriers to determine their own e-ticket policies. (ATI)
The US Department of Transportation is considering putting the federal government in charge of security screening at airports. (ATI)
9:27a France: Today, Toulouse residents observed a minute of silence at noon at the city's Capitole. US visitors and an estimated 4,000 employees of companies of US origin (including Motorola) attended. Prayer services also took place. In Lille, an estimated 800 people held a memorial ceremony outside the Hotel de Ville, the regional capital seat. In Marseille, aid centers sounded off sirens and church bells rang in memoriam. People gathered outside the US Consulate to offer sympathy. Public transportation also briefly stopped. Similar gestures took place in Grenoble, Nancy, Metz, Strasbourg, Reims and other communities. (AP)
9:26a Rotterdam police force releases four people it had arrested who belong to a "radical Islamic group." (AP)
9:24a As Florida airports reopened yesterday, operations encountered numerous glitches following more than two days of grounding. Due to heightened security measures, a relatively small number of flights took off or landed. Airport authorities in the state expect traffic to return to normal in a matter of days. (Miami Herald)
9:20a Most major airlines are permitting travelers to change or cancel flights booked for the near future, without penalty, for the coming 60 days. Such policies apply to travelers holding tickets for American Airlines and Delta Airlines flights through 18 September 2001, for United domestic flights thought 25 September 2001 and for United international flights through 30 September 2001. Southwest Airlines is continuing the policy indefinitely. (Miami Herald)
9:14a Hamburg police officers released without charge a man whom they had arrested yesterday on suspicion of complicity in the 11 September terrorist attacks. Authorities in Brussels arrested four people who reportedly belonged to a radical Islamic movement; the police force later released two of them. Rotterdam police officers made four similar arrests. (BBC)
Brussels police officers also conducted searches in the city, finding and seizing automatic weapons and ammunition, but did not immediately draw a connection between the weapons and the attacks. (BBC)
9:05a According to NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, an illicit telemarketing firm is calling USA phone numbers, ostensibly to raise funds for victims of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on US targets. The firm is targeting senior citizens. These calls are fraudulent. Giuliani has advised that anyone receiving such a call should immediately contact the police force or the FBI. (Rudolph Giuliani, televised statement)
9:00a The US Embassy in Sarajevo closed on 11 September 2001 following the terrorist attacks against US interests. The facility stated that it would reopen today. (Central Europe News)
Yesterday, security personnel stormed two aircraft at John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York, detaining 10 people. One of those arrested was allegedly carrying a fake pilot's license. Reports suggest that police officers prevented a second hijacking attempt. Tensions continue to run high at airports and high-profile facilities throughout the country, making them prone to closures due to perceived threats. (Air Security International, Hot Spots)
Yesterday, most airports reopened in the United States, and air traffic is slowly resuming operation, including some overseas flights. However, flights may continue to be disrupted as aviation officials attempt establish tight security measures amid fears of further terrorist incidents. In Taiwan, flights to the United States and Canada remain cancelled indefinitely. Taiwanese officials stated that they are waiting on confirmation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).(Air Security International, Hot Spots)
False bomb threats continue to be called in at locations around the world, and security forces continue to arrest individuals who they claim were possibly involved in the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. (Air Security International, Hot Spots)
Today, searchers located the voice data boxes of the aircraft that crashed into the Pentagon. The devices have been transported to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for review. The voice data box has also been located for the aircraft that crashed in a wooded area in Pennsylvania. (Air Security International, Hot Spots)
8:15a Croatia Airlines canceled all flights to Tel Aviv following the 11 September 2001 attacks. Security is tightened at Zagreb international airport and border crossings. The Czech Republic banned all irregular flights over its territory from noon onward yesterday, specifying that only regular flights, charter flights and medical mission flights would be authorized in its airspace. Hungary's national carrier Malev canceled its flights from Middle Eastern destinations on 12 September 2001, and ordered flights en route to New York and Toronto to return to Hungary. Air France had planned to resume limited flights to the United States yesterday, but delayed the resumption due to strict new security requirements by the US FAA. Meanwhile, U.S. carriers United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta announced yesterday that they would resume flights from Germany to the United States on a limited scale. The carrier planned to operate a total of six flights from Frankfurt to Denver, Washington, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Chicago and New York. Transatlantic flights are slowly resuming, with the first commercial US-bound flight leaving London Heathrow late this morning. Several aircraft from the United States have already landed at European airports today. US airspace (closed after the attacks) was officially reopened yesterday at 1500 GMT. However, the US FAA then grounded flights heading to airports serving the New York area, citing unspecified "FBI activity." The airports remained closed until this morning. (European Internet, BBC)
8:10a Canadian Arabs report incidents of assault, vandalism and verbal abuse; the Canadian Arab Federation notes that these are isolated cases. (Miami Herald)
8:00a South African Airways (SAA) has canceled all flights to the United States while US aviation authorities are drafting new security measures. The cancellation came hours after the SAA lifted its suspension on all flights into the United States; the United States’ Federal Aviation Authority reversed its decision allowing foreign airlines into the U.S. (Channel Africa)
8:58p Air Security International's World Watch Monitor will temporarily cease operation at 2100 CDT and will resume operation at 0600 CDT.
8:45p U.S. stock markets will remain closed tomorrow. (CNN)
8:19p Pakistan military troops have been deployed along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan in the provinces of NWFP and Balochistan have been placed on a high alert. This move comes in anticipation of a possible U.S. military strike against Taliban or Osama bin Laden-controlled military installations inside Afghanistan. (Yahoo)
8:06p The Bush administration is also pressuring the Pakistan government to stop fuel shipments to Afghanistan. (CNN)
7:47p The Pentagon plans to call several thousand reservists to active duty in the next few days. (Washington Post)
7:26p The Bush administration is urging Pakistan to close its borders with Afghanistan. (CNN)
7:25p New York harbor reopened today on a limited basis. (CNN)
6:47p Government authorities ordered all three New York City-area airports shut down today. (Nando Times)
6:41p Northwest Airlines has grounded aircraft for the night. (CNN)
6:35p IMF and World Bank are considering the cancellation of upcoming annual meetings, scheduled for later this month in Washington, D.C., but it has yet to make a final decision. (Nando Times)
6:33p Secretary of State Colin Powell stated that Osama bin Laden is a prime suspect in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. (Nando Times)
6:28p Reports state that the Atlanta-based security company that handles the guarding of checkpoints at the Washington, D.C. and Newark airports was fined US$1 million last year for inadequate training practices and for hiring employees with criminal records. (Nando Times)
6: 20p Government officials estimate that approximately 190 people died as a result of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. (Nando Times)
6:18p Authorities detained a man at London's Heathrow Airport this afternoon under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Authorities have not disclosed whether the arrest is related to the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. (BBC)
Investigators in Rome have re-opened the case of a theft of uniforms and
badges belonging to two American Airlines pilots in April.
German investigators tell US authorities that three of the suspected
hijackers involved in the terror attacks once lived in Hamburg and were
part of an organization formed in 2001 to destroy American targets.
Mayor Giuliani has promised police protection in New York areas with large
Arab-American populations. (BBC)
Two men detained in NY LaGuardia Airport trying to identify themselves as
pilots while holding tickets dated for 11 Sept. Two men, tentatively
identified as Saudi Nationals have been detained with luggage marked as
5:20p US Capitol building has been pronounced clear. (CNN)
5:11p Air Security International Statement:
“The attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were conducted by terrorists who took control of hijacked commercial aircraft. Increased security precautions instituted as a result of these tragedies will make it difficult to repeat. Air Security International is concerned that a terrorist organization seeking to attack the United States in a manner similar to the attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon may use air charter aircraft instead. For this reason, we strongly urge all air charter companies to conduct thorough background checks on all clients prior to accepting the flight.
In making this warning, we wish to point out that we are not in receipt of any special intelligence warning of an impending attack; rather, we are simply identifying a possible threat and recommending a countermeasure.”
President Bush scheduled to visit New York on Friday. (CNN)
Vice-President Cheney has been moved to Camp David. (CNN)
Earlier reports of 5 rescued at NY crash site have proved false.
All New York airports shut down due to FBI activity. (CNN)
US Capitol building being evacuated. (CNN)
Flights to JFK are halted for security reasons. (FAA)
New York Mayor Giuliani has stated that the recent bomb threats in the
city have been false alarm. (ABC)
Washington D.C.'s Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Boston's Logan
International Airport (BOS) remain closed. (CNN)
US Senate being evacuated. No reason given at this time.
private network in charge of running the nation's transplant system had
received permission from the FAA to fly during the air travel ban.
from United Air Lines Flight 93 found in two other locations outside the
debris field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. One location is two
miles from the impact point; the other is eight miles. Investigators
say that it is consistent with what they expected from the type of impact.
has lifted the remaining restrictions on its airspace to include
international, trans-border and private flights, although constraints on
cargo remain in place. However Canadian Transport Minister David
Collenette warned that it would be some time before airlines reorganized
and airports across North America reopened to commercial traffic under
heightened security. (CBS)
Airlines announced it would not resume its flights until 9a.m EDT Friday,
other than completing the trips interrupted by Tuesday's attacks.
Guardia Airport has reopened. All three New York area airports are
Attorney General John Ashcroft said today there were at least eighteen
hijackers, armed with knives, on the four planes. (BBC)
of Afghanistan's ruling Taleban, Mullah Mohammad Omar, has publicly
protested Osama bin Laden's innocence. (BBC)
out of 300 demonstrators have been arrested in Chicago as they marched in
on a mosque south of the city. (BBC)
A fire bomb was reported to have been
thrown at an Arab-American community centre. (BBC)
Chicago O'Hare closed again, reason unknown at this point.
3:25p Two non-American aircraft were headed for US and told by the FAA to turn back. (BBC)
3:20p 131742 EGGXZOZX (DUE TO AN UNCONFIRMED SITUATION DEVELOPING THE FAA HAS ANNOUNCED THAT NO NON USA REGISTERED FLIGHTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER USA AIRSPACE UFN (until further notice). ALL NON USA REGISTERED TRAFFIC ALREADY ENROUTE WILL BE TURNED BACK. DO NOT FLIGHT PLAN FOR USA DESTINATIONS UNTIL FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS ARE RECEIVED. SHANWICK WATCH MANAGER.) UNQUOTE
Travelers should register with their government's embassy on
arrival at their destination, and should obtain an after-hours contact
number, in case the embassy closes amidst the current rash of bomb
3:09p Sources in
Pakistan's intelligence service said Osama bin Laden moved to a new hiding
place within minutes of the attacks Tuesday, refusing to tell anyone where
he was going or where he had been when the attacks occurred.
2:53p United Arab
Emirates authorities said the Gulf Arab state would cooperate with the U.S
in investigating reports that a 23-year-old UAE national may have been
involved in the attacks. (ABC)
2:45p New York
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said 4,763 people had been reported missing in the
collapse, though the number of future recoveries is uncertain. There were
94 confirmed dead; less than 30 had been identified. (Daily
President Jiang Zemin offered his nation's help concerning rescue efforts,
as well as stronger cooperation with the United States in the fight
against terrorism. Jiang said China "is ready to strengthen dialogue and
cooperation" with the U.S as well as internationally against "all manner
of terrorism violence". (Daily News)
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao said 18 Chinese firms and
institutions had offices in the World Trade Center. (ABC)
2:28p South Korean
president Kim Daejung proposed that his country and North Korea adopt a
joint statement opposing terrorism. (Daily News)
U.S. Department of Transportation Thursday announced that those U.S.
airports which have complied with new heightened security restrictions
will be allowed to reopen. Below is a list of 25 major U.S. airports and
their certification status.
Cleared to open:
Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport; Charlotte/Douglas International Airport; Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport; Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; Denver International Airport; Detroit Metropolitan Airport; Honolulu International Airport;
Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport; Las Vegas McCarran International Airport; Los Angeles International Airport; Miami International Airport; Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport; New York John F. Kennedy International Airport; New York LaGuardia Airport; Newark International Airport; Orlando International Airport; Philadelphia International Airport;
Arport facilities open, but airlines not ticketing passengers:
1:57p The Israeli Civil Aviation Authority will no longer allow aircraft flying into Ben Gurion International Airport to fly directly over Tel Aviv. Aircraft will be rerouted over Netanya and Hadera. Israel has begun to lift the closure of its airspace to foreign aircraft and several aircraft arrived at Ben Gurion yesterday.
1:57p Attorney General Ashcroft said the pilots involved in hijacking the four planes were trained in the United States and had ground support (CNN)
1:13p American Express Building in New York closed because of fears of collapse.
12:45 Police authorities in New York closed down Central Station after discovering a suspicious package. The closure disrupted rail connection between New York, Boston, Montreal and Quebec.
10:48a UNCONFIRMED: New York La Guardia International airport has been evacuated.
10:41a Users of airports that do not have commercial service should check NOTAMS and/or airport management for security status and operational availability.
10:04a Pakistan's military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, has promised full cooperation with the United States in its fight against terrorism.
10:00a Mortuary personnel at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware will start receiving bodies of victims killed in Tuesday's terrorist attacks.
9:20a The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has recommended its members to use satellite airports instead of major air-carrier airports as capacity and acceptance rate may be restricted based on demand.
9:08a We have received several reports of virus attacks. Air Security International recommends all computer users enable and update their anti-virus programs, and do not open any unexpected and unnecessary attachments to e-mails. Users should back-up critical data. We are concerned that in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, someone may attempt an opportunistic infrastructure attack on computer networks. We have no special intelligence that indicates that such an attack is imminent; however many scenarios involving asymmetrical warfare include virus attacks on computer infrastructure. These measures are intended to minimize the effect of any such attack.
8:58a Authorities are searching for a red Grand Am car suspected of being loaded with explosives in the Manhattan area. As a result, all the bridges and tunnels leading into the city have been closed.
8:20a Authorities have reopened New York's Staten Island.
7:20a Authorities have shut down New York's Staten Island to begin a "grid search" for a suspicious vehicle.
7:02a Air Cargo carriers have begun minimal operations across the U.S.
7:00a Authorities have asked passengers to call their airlines before going to the airports. Security at all airports across the United States have been beefed up.
6:51a The U.S. national airspace will be reopened for commercial and private carriers at 11.00 a.m ET. However, authorities state that airports around the U.S. will be operating on a minimal basis.
6:47a Investigators have identified as many as 50 infiltrators who supported or carried out the strikes on the U.S.
5:25a UNCONFIRMED: New York City airports have opened today. Operations are expected to be limited.
4:02a UNCONFIRMED: Aircraft that struck the Pentagon may have originally sought to target the White House.
2:30a Growing sense of "concern" reported among populace in Afghanistan in regard to possible retribution for terrorist attacks
2:18a The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued: ADVICE FOR UK CITIZENS FOLLOWING TERRORIST ATTACKS IN US
2:02a New York Mayor Giuliani requests 6,000 body bags to be sent to the city
1:47a Red Cross worker interviewed on Fox News states that additional survivors have been located in the WTC and rescue efforts are underway
1:40a UNCONFIRMED: Terrorists may have operated from four separate "cells."
12:00a The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan has reopened for business, after a one-day closure in response to the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks against U.S. targets.
Today, Swissair canceled five flights that were scheduled to depart this evening for the United States. The carrier also canceled flights to Tel Aviv and Beirut.
11:27p Delays continue to affect air travel in Europe, Asia and South America. Such disruptions are likely to continue through 16 September 2001. Travelers should be prepared for heavy congestion at airports, and heightened security procedures (which will also lead to longer lines).
11:24p British Airways has decided to resume flights to Tel Aviv, after suspending them due to Israel's decision to close its airspace. Scheduled flights to the United States and Canada remain canceled, pending the reopening of US airspace. British Airways' suspension of services to Islamabad, Pakistan remains in effect.
9:54p Today, the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan issued a Warden Message to the American community in Pakistan, reading: "The Ambassador and the entire embassy staff are concerned by events that occurred in the United States today. There is no further information than what is available on the news networks. We have no knowledge of specific directed Americans in Pakistan but recommend that American citizens remain security conscious."
Today, the U.S. Embassy in Almaty, Kazakhstan disseminated the following warden message to the American community in Kazakhstan: "The U.S. Embassy is in close contact with the State Dept, other agencies of the U.S. Government and the Government of Kazakhstan. The Government of Kazakhstan continues to be helpful in providing security to Americans in Kazakhstan. We have no credible information regarding a specific threat against Americans in Kazakhstan. We continue to recommend that American citizens exercise caution and maintain a low profile. The U.S. Embassy will reopen for business on Thursday, September 13. Consular operation will be limited to emergency services for American citizens."
Yesterday, the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia issued the following Warden Message to the American community in Croatia: "Due to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and other targets in Washington, DC, and out of respect for the victims of these attacks, the American Embassy in Zagreb will be closed for all but emergency American Services on Wednesday, September 12, 2001. We anticipate at this time that all services will resume on Thursday, September 13, 2001."
9:49p The U.S. Department of State has issued a new "Worldwide Caution" Public Announcement. The statement can be found at the following URL: http://travel.state.gov/wwc2.html
9:39p Police officers in New York City have given the all-clear for the Empire State Building and Penn Station. The bomb threat described below was apparently a hoax.
9:20p UNCONFIRMED: US authorities have decided to prohibit all types of knives on board passenger aircraft.
9:17p Authorities are presently evacuating New York's Empire State Building and Penn Station to check for a bomb. Authorities were responding to an anonymous bomb threat phoned in to the Empire State Building. A police officer checked the premises with a bomb-sniffing dog allocated exclusively to the building. The dog indicated that an explosive device could be present on the 44th floor. Presently, police officers are bringing in the canine unit to confirm. The area is cordoned off for a five-block radius.
9:06p Authorities evacuated a landmark Lisbon market today in response to a bomb hoax. The U.S. consulate and a hotel lodging an Italian soccer team were evacuated due to similar threats yesterday.
9:04p Qatar evacuated its embassy in Washington, DC today in response to a bomb threat which turned out to be a hoax. The Qatari ambassador observed that there is no reason to suspect that the threat was related to yesterday's terrorist attacks against the United States.
9:03p US investigators leading an inquiry into last year's bombing of the USS Cole have left Yemen, but did not cite a specific security threat.
8:48p Wayne County's Detroit Metropolitan Airport is in compliance with new FAA security requirements, and may resume activities "sometime on Thursday, September 13th."
CONFIRMED (per earlier update at 1:50p) Authorities stop Amtrak train in Rhode Island. Security officers arrest man wearing a turban, alleging that he was carrying a knife.
8:41p One Liberty Plaza, part of the World Trade Center complex, has partially collapsed.
8:40p Troops in Monrovia, Liberia's capital, blocked streets around the U.S. Embassy today and stopped all those who passed, both on foot and in vehicles.
8:35p Athens is reviewing security plans for 2004 Olympics.
German Foreign Ministry was evacuated today due to a bomb threat.
US Embassy in Jakarta warned today that terrorists might be planning action against US interests in Indonesia. No further details yet available.
Authorities in London increased police presence by 1,000 officers today
French air force is on maximum alert. An additional 4,000 security officers are deployed nationwide. Most are deployed in Paris, but additional officers are also guarding the Channel tunnel and a Normandy nuclear plant.
8:15p UK cancels temporary restrictions imposed under NOTAM J1273, which reads: "Owing to the international emergency situation following the terrorist attacks in the USA, emergency restriction of flying regulations has been made by the Secretary of State for transport. Local government and the regions under Article 85 of the Air Navigation Order 2000 encompassing all UK airspace over the UK land area and 12NMS territorial waters. An aircraft shall not fly within the airspace specified above unless operated under an air operator's certificate or a police air operator's certificate or engaged in aeromedical services or operating in accordance with a permission issued by the CAA Director of Airspace Policy (the delegated emergency controlling authority)."
7:26p UNCONFIRMED: General Aviation (non-Commercial) flights will remain suspended Thursday in U.S.
7:08p According to the British CAA, "the existing Statutory Instrument restricting flights in the UK airspace to those aircraft operated under an Air Operatorís Certificate has been withdrawn." Restrictions remain in place for "all flying by aircraft, other than police and emergency service helicopters, within an area 4nms wide extending from Canary Wharf to Kensington Palace, below 6000 feet above mean sea level. Flight paths into London Heathrow airport will be modified to route around this airspace... As an additional precautionary measure, the existing London City Class D airspace is being upgraded to Class A status on a 24 hour basis until further notice."
6:24p The Merrill-Lynch Building, 1 Liberty Plaza, appears to be collapsing. The building has been evacuated.
5:57p Airline flights diverted in Canada after yesterday's attacks has been authorized to finish their journey in the U.S. Only passengers on the original flights will be allowed to reboard. Airlines are also allowed to ferry the empty aircraft to designated locations. There is still no indication when full service will begun.
5:20p Midway Airlines has shut down its operations following the attacks yesterday. The airlines will lay off all of its 1,700 employees and return all its aircraft to their leasing companies.
5:00p Canada reopened its domestic airspace but warned of delays. Yesterday's attack on the U.S. had 240 diverted aircraft and 30,000 stranded passengers in Canada.
4:42p According to the US Customs Service, the US/Mexico border is open in both directions. Passage is not restricted to US or Mexican citizens. All persons are being subject to rigorous security checks, document checks, and searches. The delay caused by the increased security precautions is considerable.
4:27p Reports just emerged that the World Trade Center's building 5 may collapse soon.
4:00p The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have put in place several new security procedures that will be applied when airlines and airports begin operations. The new security procedures include: thorough searches of all planes and airports, no curbside check-ins and no check-ins at off-airport sites, a ban on all knives and other cutting instruments in sterile areas of the airports, uniformed police patrolling airports, searches of flight crews, service personnel and vendors, check of passengers using hand-held metal detectors, allowing only passengers to pass through security checkpoints to gates and armed sky marshals aboard aircraft.
3:52p The U.S. Financial markets will be closed through Friday.
3:32p Reports from the U.S.-Canada border state that only U.S. citizens may cross from Canada into the United States at present.
3:23p The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has postponed next week's Annual Meeting & Convention.
2:15p UNCONFIRMED: Authorities believe that they have identified all the hijackers. They are reported to be either Saudi or Egyptian nationals. Two of the suspect hijackers are reported to have been on an Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) watch list. Some of them are reportedly trained pilots.
2:00p Greyhound resumes most service.
1:50p UNCONFIRMED: Authorities stop Amtrak train in Rhode Island. Individuals who eluded officers at Westin Hotel in Boston, MA may be aboard the train.
U.S. officials state that the White House and Air Force One were among the terrorist targets.
Unidentified individuals fired at Islamic Center of Irving,Texas early this morning. No casualties; approximately $3,000 in damage. Police officials investigating the incident.
1:19p Rash of bomb threats against U.S. businesses and sympathizers in Cape Town, South Africa since yesterday. In northern Nigeria, where most of the population is Muslim, there have celebrations involving small numbers of people over yesterday's attacks.
Latest ATCSSC advisory from the FAA's ATC Command center in Virginia:
12:56p FBI has found the flight data recorder ("black box") from the aircraft that crashed near Pittsburgh, PA.
12:31p NATO expected to adopt resolution making reference to Article 5 of NATO's founding treaty that calls for a collective response to an armed attack against one of the member states.
European stock markets experience some recovery.
12:30p The German Foreign Ministry complex in Berlin was evacuated today, after an anonymous bomb threat at 1350 local time. Officers of the Federal Border Protection (BGS), which is responsible for security at government facilities, are searching the building, but have found nothing suspicious thus far.
12:10p The following information has been received from the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA): "From the GA Desk at the FAA ATC System Command Center: There is now the potential for the National Airspace System to reopen no earlier than 6:00 PM, EDT, excluding Washington Reagan and Washington Dulles which will be closed until at least tomorrow. Members are free to file flight plans as your FSS or Flight Planning Service provider will accept them. Acceptance of the flight plan DOES NOT mean that your flight will occur or that you are cleared to operate - only that you wish to fly. NBAA recommends that you DO NOT file to a major air carrier airport because priority in the NAS through Ground Delay Programs or other Traffic Management Restrictions will likely be issued for purposes of diversion recovery. This will greatly increase your chances of a release and reduce your chances for further delays. If you are originating out of a major air carrier airport, you can expect delays and sequencing for those non-air carrier aircraft. Please expect some "bumps" in the road as the NAS strives to get back to 'normal.' Please understand this is preliminary information subject to change at any time. Continue to monitor the NBAA web site for information as it develops."
12:00p UNCONFIRMED: Police officials have detained several people in Boston, MA and south Florida. Police operation ongoing at Westin Hotel in Boston, MA.
11:26a Oil prices stabilize after attack.
11:25a NYC south of 14th street closed to the public.
11:23a Pentagon open for business today, despite still burning fires.
11:21a European Union says it will spare no efforts in helping US.
11:20a Congress declares today national day of mourning and unity.
11:19a US expects NATO support action.
11:18a Workers going back into Pentagon.
11:10a Nationwide lockdown of air traffic will not end at 12 EDT today; new time pending.
11:09a Two commercial United Airlines flights have taken off from O'Hare Airport in Chicago, indicating progress toward the reopening of the nation's airways. The company has stated that the aircraft are being repositioned for service and would not disclose if crews were aboard the aircraft.
11:08a Insurance companies state that losses will total tens of billions of dollars.
11:05a Pentagon being evacuated due to concerns of spreading fire.
10:58a Some fires still smoldering at World Trade Center site.
10:52a Greek police evacuate Athens stock exchange and two buildings with US connections after receiving bomb threats.
The British Council in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, was briefly evacuated following a telephoned bomb threat.
German Chancellor offers US full support.
10:50a No word as yet on when US airports will reopen.
10:50a French bomb disposal squads remove two suspect cars from in front of US and British embassies in Paris.
New Zealand government orders country's main airports to screen domestic and international passengers.
10:35a International update: NATO and US military tighten security across Balkans.
NATO tells all non-essential personnel to stay home.
US embassy in Jordan closed today for non-essential business and consular services until further notice.
Philippine president Gloria Arroyo orders military to secure US facilities in the country and agrees to let Americans use Philippine airports for non-combat operations.
Police order journalists to evacuate Prime Minister Tony Blair's office for about 20 minutes today following security alert which ended by 0800 GMT.
Hong Kong authorities step up security at international airport. All flights to US and Canada canceled. Cathay Pacific Airways suspends all flights to and from the US and Canada.
Frankfurt, Germany Messeturm skyscraper evacuated briefly today, following bomb threat.
US embassies in the Middle East closed today.
Security boosted around US interests in South Asia.
Thailand launches major security operation and temporarily closes stock exchange.
10:25a Unconfirmed. U.S. airspace will not reopen at noon eastern as previously announced.
10:22a Boston Herald reports that authorities in Massachusetts have identified at least five Arab men as suspects in terrorist attacks. Two of the men apparently entered Portland, Maine via Canada. Two of the men, who were brothers, had their passports traced to the United Arab Emirates. One was a trained pilot.
10:12a Manhattan virtually deserted.
10:10a Intercepted calls between bin-Laden backed persons discussed hitting two U.S. targets.
9:59a Israel keeps airspace closed to all incoming flights by foreign airlines. Air traffic disruptions reported in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Iran.
9:57a Lufthansa cancels 21 flights to North America and one to Israel. Corresponding return times were also canceled.
9:55a Alitalia suspends direct flights to Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. All Alitalia flighs to and from the U.S. and Canada are suspended until further notice. Domestic, European and intercontinental flights will be maintained.
9:50a British Airways suspends all flights to Islamabad due to its proximity to Afghanistan. BA also suspends flights to Tel Aviv, following Israel's decision to close its airspace.
9:47a FBI has received about 700 leads from the public.
9:45a NYC cab companies rip out seats to carry bodies to makeshift morgue.
9:44a Aftershocks felt in plunging Asian financial markets.
9:33a FBI news conference at Logan International Airport at 11 a.m. ET.
9:32a Car seized at Boston's Logan airport. Car allegedly contained Arabic flight manuals.
9:31a Secretary of State Colin Powell in DC after aborted South American trip; says no one ruled out -- US will soon know who committed terrorist act.
9:30a Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill; President Bush at White House.
9:29a European markets observe minute of silence in honor of victims.
9:25a 750 national guard troops arrive in NYC.
9:23a Security to be upped at nation's airports. No more curbside baggage checking.
9:20a Approximately 80 bodies recovered at Pentagon. No more survivors expected to be found.
9:18a Rescuers continue to find survivors in rubble of World Trade Center.
9:17a Financial markets expected to reopen tomorrow.
9:16a People allowed entry to Dulles and Reagan airports to pick up vehicles.
9:15a Pentagon fires still burning. Spreading slightly. Approximately half of Pentagon deemed safe for work.
9:11a PGA cancels Thursday tournament. NFL considering postponement of Sunday's games.
9:10a President Bush to meet with congressional leaders this morning.
9:10a Local, federal officials resist estimating number of casualties; expected to be in the thousands.
9:08a Denver flight receives special permission to fly blood supplies into NYC.
9:06a Continental Airlines expected to resume flights in the afternoon of September 12.
9:05a Earthquake-trained teams to search rubble of Pentagon and Towers for survivors.
9:05a Bridges and tunnels from New Jersey to Manhattan closed. Commuters told to use trains.
9:00a Israel keeps airspace closed to all incoming flights by foreign airlines until 2 a.m. Thursday AEST.
8:58a Authorities establish security perimeter around U.S. capitol. All tours canceled.
8:55a Mental health workers warn that full impact of disaster will hit today.
8:52a Most New York City subways in service.
8:50a Major league baseball cancels all games for second straight day: first time since D-Day in 1944.
8:49a Aviata Air cancels flights to Mexico today.
8:48a New York City will attempt to re-open schools tomorrow.
8:46a Military on highest alert. Jets patrolling skies over both borders.
8:45a Disney reopens theme parks in California and Florida.
8:43a Aircraft carriers and guided missile destroyers move into waters near New York City and Washington.
8:38a Military jets patrolling over Texas.
8:28a President Bush to address nation at 10:45 ET.
8:18a Delta airlines has canceled all flights through at least 6 p.m. EDT today.
8:15a At least 260 police officers and firefighters still not accounted for.
8:12a Fire at Pentagon brought under control. Essential personnel return to work.
8:01a Western aid workers flee Afghanistan in fear of retaliatory attacks by U.S.
7:49a UK airspace remains closed to "private" ( non-commercial aircraft) until at least 1900 GMT. This may be extended until 2300 GMT.
6:48a Metro Traffic Control in NYC reports that many area roads remain restricted to emergency vehicles only, even when the roads themselves are reported open. Report states that mass transit best option, when travel is "absolutely necessary."
6:43a UN to move up to 80 foreign staff out of Afghanistan as a precautionary measure.
6:02a New HOT SPOTS update issued regarding flight resumption information and computer recommendation from Air Security: http://www.airsecurity.com/hotspots/HotSpots.asp
5:12a British government recalls Parliament from summer recess. Ministers expected to return by Friday.
5:11a UNCONFIRMED: Taliban offer to consider extradition of Osama bin-Laden
4:51a British Airways has canceled flight to Pakistan.
4:38a Most businesses in Manhattan will be closed today as people are being to told to stay out of the city unless they have essential business. Access to Manhattan will be extremely limited as inbound traffic is curtailed.
4:37a Postal workers will not collect mail from blue mail boxes in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens today. Mail deliveries will proceed in Manhattan, so long as the mail carrier can gain access to the building.
4:13a Additional public transportation information for NYC and NJ is available at the following url: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/news/WABC_091101_emergencycontacts.html (scroll down the page to the transportation information)
4:11a The Empire State Building will be closed today.
3:53a UNCONFIRMED: A militant Islamic Kashmiri separatist group, Lashkar-i-Taiba, has claimed responsibility for the attacks against the United States. Nevertheless, most speculation centers on Osama bin-Laden.
3:44a Flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports reported near normal with exception of flights to the Western Hemisphere and Israel. City Airport in London is effectively closed due to a prohibition of flights over central London. Travelers utilizing any British airport should allow for extra time due to increased security measures.
3:32a Air France has cancelled all flights to the United States and Israel until at least 1500 GMT today.
3:29a Approximately 50 percent of more than 350 international flights from Tokyo's Narita International Airport have been cancelled today.
3:25a Authorities in Kuala Lumpur have completed their search of the Petronas Twin Towers and have determined the bomb threat to be a hoax.
2:55a Government buildings, military bases and financial institutions are on "red alert" in the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Tony Blair will meet with senior ministers this morning to discuss emergency measure put into effect across the country. Aviation restrictions remain in place, including a ban on flights over London and a prohibition on non-commercial flights into the country.
2:05a For a condensed summary of the terrorist attacks and their impact, see HOT SPOTS: http://www.airsecurity.com/hotspots/HotSpots.asp
1:55a Authorities in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia evacuated the Petronas Twin Towers -- the world's tallest building -- after receiving a bomb threat targeted at IBM's head office in the towers.
1:46a NYC: All buildings south of 14th St. will be closed today. Only essential personnel will be allowed south of 14th St. Individuals are being advised to avoid all of lower Manhattan. Only limited train service is available in outer-boroughs of NYC. The following web-site provides regular updates on traffic and transportation conditions in NYC: http://www.abc45online.com/WABC_traffic_minute.html
1:40a Vehicular traffic blocked from access to Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Unknown at this time if pedestrian access will also be banned.
1:38a U.S. Navy is deploying an aircraft carrier and a variety of other ships off the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii. U.S.S. Enterprise (aircraft carrier) which was to be relieved from its station in the Persian Gulf will now stay.
1:31a France on a heightened state of alert; Armed patrols at airports, metro stations. Increased street and border controls. In Belgium, NATO headquarters in Brussels has told non-essential personnel to stay home today. Security officers stepped up presence around NATO headquarters.
12:04a Lines reported at gas stations in some areas of U.S. Report of gas price rises in some areas; as high as US$5.00 per gallon (unconfirmed)
11:55p Two people have been reportedly rescued from the rubble of the World Trade Center buildings.
11:47p Many Federal agencies are expected to reopen tomorrow.
11:42p Authorities are reportedly growing increasingly suspicious that Osama bin Laden and his al Qaida terrorist network were involved with today's terrorist incidents.
11:35p Many foreign countries and leaders, including Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and the Taliban government, have condemned the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.
11:12p The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is apparently preparing to obtain search warrants for undisclosed premises in Daytona, Florida and Hollywood, California.
10:59p Unconfirmed reports state that anyone attempting to enter Manhattan will be charged with a "Class B misdemeanor" and possibly arrested.
10:50p Reports just emerged that survivors are apparently trapped in the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center buildings.
10:36p Tonight, the U.S. secretary of transportation announced that security measures will be increased at "airports, train stations and other key sites" in response to the recent terrorist attacks against high-profile targets in the United States. Such measures will include increased surveillance, strict searches, random identification inspections and additional security personnel. Airports will also no longer offer curbside luggage check-in.
10:21p Reports from the New York Police Department (NYPD) stated that there were no explosives in the truck but that officers did detain the occupants for questioning.
10:00p An unconfirmed report emerged that authorities stopped and arrested two men who were attempting to drive a truck filled with explosives across the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey to Manhattan this evening.
9:30p Estimated death toll at the Pentagon is between 100 to 800 people.
8:40p The U.S. has closed its embassies in the following countries : Yemen, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Croatia, Sweden and Venezuela. Saudi Arabia is operating as usual.
7:30p U.S. President George W. Bush held a nationally-televised address in which he stated that the U.S. military stands ready and that the United States will make "no distinction" between those who perpetrated the attacks and those who harbored the perpetrators. Meanwhile, other U.S. officials stated that the administration is "confident" that Osama bin Laden was involved in the attacks.
7:00p Public transportation in all New York City boroughs has been restored.
7:00p At least 78 police officers in New York City are reported missing and approximately 200 firefighters in the city are presumed dead.
6:30p The anti-Taliban alliance based in northern Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for the explosions reported earlier today in Kabul.
6:28p Osama bin Laden has allegedly issued a written statement in which he denies involvement in today's attacks, but expresses support for them.
6:00p President George W. Bush has arrived back at the White House.
5:40p Air Force One lands at Andrews Air Force Base.
5:33p U.S. military aircraft escorted a China Airlines Boeing 747 into Vancouver International Airport. The Boeing 747 was one of the flights from Asia bound for the United States that were diverted to Vancouver. It is not known why it received a military escort. Earlier in the day, U.S. military aircraft also escorted a Korean Airlines aircraft to the airport at Whitehorse, Yukon. That aircraft reported running low on fuel while flying over Alaska and was prohibited from landing at Anchorage.
5:33p According to U.S. officials, the explosions in Kabul, Afghanistan were not part of a U.S. retaliatory strike. Earlier reports of anti-aircraft fire in Kabul denied.
5:32p The Israeli Embassy in Santiago, Chile was evacuated today following a false bomb threat made to local police officers. Bomb experts examined the building and ruled that the threat was a hoax. According to reports, local authorities have increased security at buildings that have connections to the U.S. and the Middle East following today's terrorist attacks in the U.S.
5:05p Explosions and anti-aircraft fire are being heard in Kabul, Afghanistan.
4:28p According to reports, the U.S. border with Canada is currently open, but may be closed later. Several U.S./Canada border posts closed for several hours following the attacks, but have now reopened. Canadian border officials stated that access across the border is limited.
4:20p Building 7 at the World Trade Center has collapsed.
The U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires has closed and evacuated all personnel
today following the attacks on the World Trade Center buildings in New
York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. According to reports, the
embassy's closure was not related to any specific local threats. Argentine
authorities have increased security at Jewish institutions in the
3:50p Buildings 5 and 7 of the World Trade Center may also collapse.
3:38p The US Embassy in Paris, France closed today. The embassy and consular offices in France will open 12 September, but are not open to public visit until further notice.
3:32p The New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will be closed through 12 September.
3:08p Clarification on UK airspace restriction - only commercial and charter aircraft allowed to fly in UK airspace. No privately-owned aircraft are allowed.
2:56p Greyhound has cancelled bus service to the northeast and all bus terminals within one mile of federal buildings have been closed down. Amtrak has temporarily suspended service along the Boston-Washington, D.C. corridor.
2:56p The tunnel between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario has been closed to road traffic.
2:45pPresident Bush secure at Air Force Base in Nebraska.
2:20pAll bridges, tunnels in New York area closed by Port Authority
2:16pAll US commercial flights grounded until noon tomorrow
2:08p Estimated death toll is 10,000
1:50pMayor Giuliani: All letter subway lines are working, even in Manhattan
1:21p 53 injuries reported at Pentagon
1:20pA person on the plane that crashed outside of Pittsburgh was on a cell phone with emergency personnel telling them that they had been hijacked before it went down.
1:07pTwo Aircraft Carriers are positioned of coast of New York; 5 destroyers and frigates head to sea
1:06pAmerican Airlines Flight 11 crash had 81 passengers, 11 crew
1:06pUS Fighter Jets to respond to any suspicious flights
1:05pUS Navy dispatches ships to guard east coast.
1:00p The stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany was closed today following a bomb threat.
1:00pMajor airlines across Canada have suspended all flights, including regional service to destinations throughout Canada.
12:51pAll Major League baseball games cancelled today
12:50pDisneyland in California also closed
12:50pReagan Dulles Airport closed at least until tomorrow
12:45pUS Naval Vessels leave Norfolk, VA headed for New York
12:35pWashington, DC in state of emergency; National Guard available
12:35pSpace Needle in Seattle closed
12:25pFBI reports no claims of responsibility
12:25pReceived- It is having strong affects on European airports.
12:15pItaly closed airspace
for all and incoming eastbound traffic .Israel closed airspace to all foreign
.Israel closed airspace to all foreign aircraft.
12:14pCongressional members also being taken to undisclosed location for safety
12:11pPresident Bush- Military on high alert around the world
Unconfirmed; A group calling itself the Islamic Jihad Movement has
reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks.
12:00pPresident Bush: The US will “Hunt down and
punish” attackers and all security precautions taken.
11:48aReceived—Spokespeople for other seven US major carriers say their mainline and regional aircraft are safe. They include—Alaska Airlines, America West, Continental, Delta, Northwest, Southwest and US Airways.
11:45aInitial reports from plane that crashed
near Pittsburgh that there are no survivors. 81 passengers, 9 crew
members, 2 pilots
11:42aGov’t. Sources: Pres. Bush not returning
to Washington, D.C.
11:13aPentagon area hit was between
4th, 5th, and 6th corridors—planning and
logistics leaders area-confirmed
10:43aUnited Airlines Flight 175 Boeing 767
Boston to LA—concerned about this flight
10:16aTaliban News Conference soon; supposed to make a statement about situation
10:15aPhiladelphia landmarks emptied
10:07aReceived—Three weeks ago, arch-terrorist
Osama Ben Laden reportedly warned that he
would carry out an unprecedented
attack on American interests because of their support for
9:47aArea west of Pentagon evacuated.Reportedly second airplane arriving at Pentagon; waiting for its arrival.
section of Pentagon has collapsed
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