American Airlines Flight 77 Timeline

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Timeline

  • (7:15 a.m. and later) September 11, 2001: Initial flight check-ins


  • (7:35 - 7:50 a.m.) September 11, 2001: The security checkpoint


  • (8:09 - 8:20 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Flight 77 leaves


  • (8:40 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Flight 77 handed off to Indianapolis ATC


  • (8:46 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Cruising altitude


  • (8:51 a.m.) September 11, 2001: The last routine radio communication


  • (8:51 - 8:54 a.m.) September 11, 2001: The hijack begins


  • (8:54 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Flight 77 changes course


  • (8:56 a.m.) September 11, 2001: The transponder is turned off



  • (8:58 a.m.) September 11, 2001: American Airlines are alerted


  • (9:00 a.m.) September 11, 2001: American Airlines ground some flights



  • (Some time between 9:00 and 9:10 a.m.) September 11, 2001: American group stop goes nationwide


  • (9:02 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Flight 77 location is lost


  • (9:05 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Flight 77 still undetected


  • (9:07 a.m.) September 11, 2001: A change in course


  • (9:08 a.m.) September 11, 2001: American Airlines believe Flight 77 may have crashed into the WTC


  • (9:09 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Indianapolis alert the FAA


  • (9:11 a.m. and later) September 11, 2001: Renee May places a phone call about the hijacking


  • (Around 9:15 a.m.) September 11, 2001: American Airlines orders a ground stop


  • (9:16 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Confusion continues


  • (Some time between 9:16 and 9:26 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Barbara Olson makes a call about the hijacking


  • (9:18 a.m. at the latest) September 11, 2001: FAA aware


  • (9:20 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Indianapolis think Flight 77 may still be airborne after all


  • (9:20 - 9:31 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Barbara Olson calls with more information


  • (9:21 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Searching for Flight 77




  • (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


  • (9:24 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Great Lakes call FAA HQ


  • (9:25 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Nationwide ground stop


  • (9:29 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Flight 77 autopilot is turned off


  • (9:32 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Dulles watch approaching target on radar



Note that most other evidence places the White House evacuation later. The Cheney timeline is also a matter of some dispute.

  • (9:34 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Flight 77 begins its right turn



  • (9:36 a.m.) September 11, 2001: C-130 tasked to report on radar target


  • (Shortly after 9:36 a.m.) September 11, 2001: NEADS redirects Langley fighters


  • (9:37:46 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon



  • (9:38 approx a.m.) September 11, 2001: C-130 reports crash


  • (9:42 a.m.) September 11, 2001: The news spreads


  • (9:45 a.m.) September 11, 2001: United are alerted


  • (10:00 a.m. approx) September 11, 2001: Combat Air Patrol established


  • (No later than 10:30 a.m.) September 11, 2001: Official confirmation