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How Many People Died in 9 11

In the modern history of the United States of America there was no greater tragedy than the terroristic acts on September 11, 2001. The series of four attacks carried out by al-Qaeda1 took away thousands of lives, and that day is notorious as the 9/11. Four passenger jets were hijacked. Two of them were crashed into the World Trade Center2, the third hit the Pentagon, and the fourth plane was directed toward Washington, but it crashed in a field, because its passengers and crew fought the terrorists.

At least 2,985 people died in the September 11, 2001, attacks, including:

  • 19 terrorists
  • 2,966 victims [2,998 as of Spring 2009]

All but 13 people died on that day. The remaining 13 later died of their wounds. One person has died since the attacks, of lung cancer. It is suspected to have been caused by all the debris from the Twin Towers.

There were 266 people on the four planes:

  • American Airlines Flight 11 (crashed into the WTC): 92 (including five terrorists)
  • United Airlines Flight 175 (crashed into the WTC): 65 (including five terrorists)
  • American Airlines Flight 77 (crashed into the Pentagon): 64 (including five terrorists)
  • United Flight 93 (downed in Shanksville, PA): 45 (including four terrorists)

There were 2,595 people in the World Trade Center and near it, including:

  • 343 NYFD firefighters and paramedics
  • 23 NYPD police officers
  • 37 Port Authority police officers
  • 1,402 people in Tower 1
  • 614 people in Tower 2
  • 658 people at one company, Cantor Fitzgerald
  • 1,762 New York residents
  • 674 New Jersey residents
  • 1 NYFD firefighter killed by a man jumping off the top floors of the Twin Towers

There were 125 civilians and military personnel at the Pentagon.
1,609 people lost a spouse or partner on 9/11. More than 3,051 children lost parents.
While it was mostly Americans who were killed in this horrific attack, there were also 327 foreign nationals. Here is the breakdown, according to country:
Argentina: 4
Australia: 11
Bangladesh: 6
Belarus: 1
Belgium: 1
Bermuda: 1
Brazil: 3
Canada: 27
Chile: 2
China: 4
Cote d’Ivoire: 1
Colombia: 17
Democratic Republic of the Congo: 2
Dominican Republic: 1
El Salvador: 1
Ecuador: 3
France: 1
Germany: 11
Ghana: 2
Guyana: 3
Haiti: 2
Honduras: 1
India: 1
Indonesia: 1
Ireland: 6
Israel: 5
Italy: 4
Jamaica: 16
Japan: 26
Jordan: 2
Lebanon: 3
Lithuania: 1
Malaysia: 7
Mexico: 16
Moldova: 1
Netherlands: 1
New Zealand: 2
Nigeria: 1
Panama: 2
Peru: 5
Philippines: 16
Portugal: 3
Poland: 1
Russia: 1
South Africa: 2
South Korea: 28
Spain: 1
Sweden: 1
Taiwan: 1
Ukraine: 1
Uzbekistan: 1
United Kingdom: 67
Venezuela: 1  

Updated Answer from Another Contributor:

In total 3,497 people died in the attacks on September 11, 2001.

  • 2,735 civilians in the World Trade Center died
  • 87 passengers and crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 11 that hit the North Tower
  • 60 passengers and crew aboard United Flight 175 that hit the South Tower
  • 343 New York City firefighters and rescue workers and 23 New York City law enforcement officers, 47 Port Authority workers and 37 Port Authority Police Officers, lost their lives when they rushed in to save the victims in the World Trade Center
  • 36 passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93, who gave their lives stopping four hijackers over Pennsylvania
  • 64 passengers and crew aboard American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon, killing them and 125 people in the building.

Casualties of September 11 Attacks

The total of people who died in the 9/11 attacks was 2 996 (2 977 victims and 19 hijackers).

In the World Trade Center and near it there were 2 606 persons, including:

  • 1 762 residents of New York
  • 1 402 persons in Tower 1
  • 674 residents of New Jersey
  • 658 employees of Cantor Fitzgerald L.P.
  • 614 persons in Tower 2
  • 355 employees of Marsh Inc.
  • 343 firefighters
  • 175 employees of Aon Corporation
  • 37 Port Authority police officers
  • 23 police officers
  • 2 paramedics
  • 1 firefighter was killed by a man who jumped off the top floors

On the airplanes there were 246 members of the crews and passengers. All these people died.

  • 87 on American Airlines Flight 11
  • 60 on United Airlines Flight 175
  • 59 on American Airlines Flight 77
  • 40 on United Flight 93

Sources: a b


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