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Timeline

April 11 1996: Mohamed Atta's will

  • The will that would later be recovered from Mohamed Atta's luggage was actually written more than five years earlier.


An alleged FBI translation of the will was first reported in Der Spiegel. An English translation was produced by ABC news.



1997-1998: Early contact


1997-1998: Mohammed Haydar Zammar



At the end of 1997...: Travel to Afghanistan?


June 1998: New passport

  • Atta gets a new passport, which causes the 9/11 Commission Report to speculate:


1st November 1998: 54 Marienstrasse


August 1999-"a few weeks later": Atta's thesis


23rd October 1999: Green card lottery

  • Atta submitted an application over the Internet to the National Visa Service, a company that for a $50 fee helps individuals enter into a lottery for a permanent residence status in the US, also known as a "green card". He makes another application in November, but both are unsuccessful. (Source)


29th November 1999: Travel to Afghanistan

  • Atta flies from Hamburg to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines Flight TK1662, then from Istanbul to Karachi on Flight TK1056, under the name Mohamed Elamir. Eric Usmansky posted what he said were the manifests for these flights (http://www.ericumansky.com/2005/08/attas_visa.html), which apparently he obtained from Terry McDermott, journalist and author of Perfect Soldiers. His destination is claimed to be Afghanistan.


January 8th and 18th 2000: An al-Qaeda video

  • An al-Qaeda video apparently shows Mohamed Atta and Ziad Jarrah in Afghanistan. Atta is visible in a crowd listening to bin Ladin on January 8th, according to the footage, while Jarrah and Atta are pictured together on January 18th 2000. (Source)
Jarrah atta.jpg


March 2000: Atta requests details on flight training

  • A form at www.theacademy.net/info is used to send the following message [original spelling preserved].


Although the message is signed M. Atta, the sender name as entered in the form is Mahmoud Ben Hamad, with an email address of eyn72@hotmail.com. Source: Lakeland Academy document as submitted to the Moussaoui trial

The 9/11 Commission Report states that this email was only one of many.



March 27th 2000: Requests details on flight training

  • Atta sends an email presumably to the US Academy of Lakeland enquiring about the cost of flight training (from 0 to ATPL) and visa requirements. It's detailed as from M. Atta at eyn72@hotmail.com. (Source)


March 31st 2000: Atta asks for more advice on the US

  • Atta emails a friend to ask him about finding "the right University" in the US, visa regulations and so on.
Atta El-Maghraby Email.gif


April 13th, 2000: Academy of Lakeland email

  • Atta sends a third email presumably to the US Academy of Lakeland, using the contact details: M Atta, Postlagernd, 20146 Hamburg, Germany. (Source)


8th May 2000: Atta received new passport

  • Atta is issued with a new passport. (Source) This is new Egyptian passport #1617066, issued by the Egyptian Consulate in Hamburg. (Source)


17th May 2000: US visa application


18th May 2000: Atta received US VISA

Atta US Visa Colour.jpg


30th May 2000 - 31st May 2000: Claims Atta in Prague

  • It's been suggested that Atta was in Prague at this time. Here's the verdict of the 9/11 Commission.


1st June 2000: Czech visa


2nd June 2000: Flying to Czech Republic


  • Atta booked a return trip from Newark to Prague for July 30, 2000, which he never used. (Source)


3rd June 2000: Arriving in Newark


4th June 2000: Cellphone

  • Atta purchased a cellular phone and $50 phone card from Datavision in New York City. The cellular phone, number 646-479-0432, was activated the following day. (Source)


5th and 22nd of June 2000: Atta searches for a flight school


18th June 2000: New York apartment

  • Atta and al-Shehhi leased apartment 5D, 106 Cabrini Boulevard, New York City. The lease, which Atta signed, ran from June 19 to June 26, 2000. (Source)


22nd June 2000: Century Flight Academy

  • Atta filled out an information sheet at Century Flight Academy, Morristown, NJ. (Source)


25th June 2000: A Brooklyn apartment

  • Atta and al-Shehhi leased an apartment at 198 12th St, Brooklyn, NY. They stayed at this apartment until July 2, 2000. (Source)


29th June - 17th September 2000: Wire transfers


Beginning of July 2000: Huffman Aviation


Note: Huffman's own documentation for Atta includes a temporary airman certificate and pilot profile giving 18th September 2000 as the date for his private pilot's licence, in contradiction with Dekkers' testimony that Atta had the licence when he arrived. However this isn't the original document, so more work will be required to definitely resolve the question.

Atta Temporary Airman Certificate 20th November 2000.png


2nd July 2000: Flying to Oklahoma City



3rd July 2000: Enrolling at Huffman


5th - 12th July 2000: 4890 Pompano Road

  • Atta and al-Shehhi stay at the home of Charles and Drucilla Voss, 4890 Pompano Road, Venice Florida. Charles Voss was the bookkeeper for Huffman Aviation located in Venice, Florida. (Source)


6th July 2000: Flying lessons begin?


Apparently contradicted by an entry the following day.

7th July 2000: Buying a car

  • Atta and al-Shehhi opened a joint checking account at the Nokomis, Florida branch of the SunTrust Bank, with a $7,000 cash deposit. The account was jointly held by Atta and al-Shehhi in Atta's name. (Source)
  • Atta and al-Shehhi begin flight instruction at Huffman Aviation. Their first instructor was Mike Mikarts. (Source)

Apparently contradicted by a previous entry (see 6th July).

  • Atta buys a 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix, FL D79DDV. He insures it until September 2001 with an Allstate Insurance vehicle policy. (Source) The car is purchased from Cramer Toyota in Venice, Florida. (Source) We found the alleged VIN for the Pontiac online, and ran a CARFAX check. This is what it produced.
Atta Pontiac CARFAX Report.gif
  • Atta subscribes to a Verizon wireless cellphone from this date until 17th January 2001. (Source)


11th July 2000: Payment for 516 W Laurel Rd

Atta and Alshehhi's account was used to pay $680.57 to the Rental Company of Venice for the 516 W Laurel Rd property. (Source)

Alshehhi Atta Checks Venice.gif


12th July 2000: Rental of 516 W Laurel Rd

  • Atta and al-Shehhi rented an apartment at 516 West Laurel Road, Nokomis, Florida. They signed a six-month lease that ended on January 14, 2001. (Source)


17th and 24th July 2000: Changing flight instructors

  • On July 17, 2000, and July 24, 2000, respectively, al-Shehhi and Atta switched instructors, from Mike Mikarts to Erik Seiberlich. (Source)


24th July 2000: Atta issued medical

  • Atta's Huffman Aviation personnel records show him entering this at the "Date of medical issued". (Source)


30th July 2000: Solo flights


31st July 2000: Atta flies solo

  • A note in Atta's Huffman Aviation personnel records says "OK local solo" for this date. (Source)


August 2000: A bad flying report


4th August 2000: Flight computers

  • Atta purchased a Timex watch and two E6B flight computers from Sporty's Pilot Shop, by mail order. They were sent to 516 West Laurel Road, Nokomis, Florida. (Source)


11th August 2000: Atta flies cross-country

  • A note in Atta's Huffman Aviation personnel records says "OK solo X-country" for this probable date (it's hand-written, though, and not entirely clear). (Source)


13th and 14th August 2000: New flight instructors

  • On August 13, 2000, and August 14, 2000, respectively, al-Shehhi and Atta switched instructors, from Erik Seiberlich to Bruno Delroy. (Source)


14th August 2000: Private pilot test passed


15th September 2000: Request to change immigration status


18th September 2000: Atta receives private pilot certificate

  • A form in Atta's Huffman Aviation personnel records gives this as the date of his private pilots certificate. (Source)



28th September 2000 - 6th October 2000: Atta and al-Shehhi train at Jones Aviation

  • Atta and al-Shehhi take a few training flights at Jones Aviation.


October 11 2000: New flight instructor


5th November 2000 - Atta purchases Boeing flight deck videos

  • An exhibit presented at the Moussaoui trial records Atta purchasing VHS flight deck videos for the Boeing 747-200 and 757-200 from "Sporty's Pilot Shop" on this date. He would purchase two more the following month, while Nawaf al-Hazmi buys an additional four videos in March 2001. (Source) Another document says Atta also bought a book with the first purchase, "Flying Jets - Aircraft and Simulators". (Source)


6th November 2000: Instrument rating passed


20th November 2000: Private pilot certificate received

  • Atta receives a Temporary Airman Certificate saying he's certified as a private pilot ("airplane single engine land instrument airplane"). As taken from Atta's Huffman Personnal Folder 11a (Image:Atta Huffman Personnel Folder 11A.pdf).
Atta Temporary Airman Certificate 20th November 2000.png



December 2000: Last flight tests


12th December 2000 - Atta purchases two more Boeing flight deck videos

  • An exhibit presented at the Moussaoui trial records Atta purchasing VHS flight deck videos for the Boeing 767-300ER and Airbus A320-200 from "Sporty's Pilot Shop" on this date. He purchased two other videos from the same store on 5th November, while Nawaf al-Hazmi buys an additional four videos in March 2001. (Source)


19th December 2000: Commercial pilot licence tests passed


21st December 2000 - Atta gets his commercial pilot rating

  • Atta receives a Temporary Airman Certificate saying he's certified as a commercial pilot ("airplane multiengine land/ instrument airplane/ private pilot privileges/ airplane single engine land"). (Source)
Atta Temporary Airman Certificate 21st December 2000.png



24th December 2000: Leaves plane on runway



Before December 26 2000: Atta applies for flight training at Eagle Jet International

  • Atta's faxed flight application to Eagle Jet International shows he was originally thinking of beginning training on December 22nd 2000. This is crossed out, though, and instead of providing a start date Atta says "I will be available full time and wish to train simultaneously with ALSHEHHI".
  • Atta gives his contact address as 516 W Laurel Rd, Nokomis, FL 34275. Phone number is 941-685-0468. Atta's passport number is 1617066, issued 05/08/2000, expiration 05/07/2007. Source: Eagle Jet Application Form


December 29/ 30 2000: Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi take flight simulator training course

  • Atta and al-Shehhi pay for 6 hours Boeing 727 flight simulator experience. They give their contact address as 516 W Laurel Rd, Norkomis [sic - Nokomis?], FL 34275. Credit card number taken is 4011-8008-4050-7778 EXP 07/02. (Source) During this time they stay at the Holiday Inn Express, Room 422, Miami, Florida. (Source)
  • The training consisted of 3 hours each (Atta and al-Shehhi) on a 727 simulator at the SimCenter, Opa Locka, Florida; and training with an instructor on a Boeing 767 Flight Simulator at Pan Am International Flight Academy, in Opa Locka. Atta and al-Shehhi sat in the simulator together for the training, accompanied by "an unidentified male". (Source)


3rd January 2001: Travel to Madrid

  • Atta takes American Airlines Flight 5372 from Tampa to Miami, then Iberia Airlines Flight 6122 from Miami to Madrid (see conflicting date of the 4th). (Source)



4th January 2001: Travel to Madrid


10th January 2001: Flying into Miami

  • Atta takes American Airlines Flight 69 from Madrid to Miami, re-entering the US according to his INS I-94 entry document, then taking American Airlines Flight 2014 from Miami to Tampa. (Source)




16th January - 26th May 2001: New Wave cellphone account

  • An exhibit at the Moussaoui trial mentions documents relating to Atta's New Wave cellphone account for number 914-350-2408, apparently used for this time period. (Source)


17th January 2001: Wire transfer

  • Western Union money transfer computer records show a transfer from Mahmoud Elsayed (Mohamed Atta) to Ramsi Binalshibh on January 17, 2001 for $1500.00. (Source) (See January 3 entry)


25th January - 1st February 2001: Hotel


31st January 2001: Advanced Aviation

  • Various documents show Atta attending Advanced Aviation flying school in Lawrenceville, Georgia. (Source)
  • Atta rented a Piper Warrior airplane from Advanced Aviation, in Lawrenceville, Georgia, for a one-hour check ride with a flight instructor from that school. al-Shehhi accompanied Atta on the check ride. In renting the aircraft, Atta listed his address as A.M. Zentrum Haus 2, Hamburg, Germany. Atta also purchased a sectional chart from Advanced Aviation. (Source)


February-April 2001: Travel to Virginia

  • The 9/11 Commission briefly summarise Atta's travels.


1st to 8th February 2001: Hotel


2nd February 2001: Gym

  • Atta visits a gym, Everybodies Nutrition & Fitness, in Decatur, GA. (Source)


5th February to 5th March 2001: Atta joins a gym

  • An exhibit at the Moussaoui trial says Atta was member of a gym, Everybodies Nutrition & Fitness, in Decatur, GA, for this month. The same document says he's a member of a Florida gym for a further month, starting about six weeks later. (Source)


6th February 2001: Advanced Aviation

  • al-Shehhi rented an airplane from Advanced Aviation, in Lawrenceville, Georgia, for a one-hour check ride with a flight instructor from that school. Atta accompanied al-Shehhi on the check ride. In renting the aircraft, al-Shehhi listed his address as A.M. Zentrum Haus 2, Hamburg, Germany. Atta also purchased a sectional chart from Advanced Aviation. (Source)


8th - 15th February 2001: Gym


19th February 2001: ATM cash withdrawal

  • Atta withdraws $500 from an ATM in Richmond, Virginia. (Source)


20th February 2001: Renting a mailbox

  • Atta cashes a $4,000 cheque at a Virginia Beach branch of the SunTrust Bank. (Source)


21st February to 1st March 2001: Hotel


13th March to 27th March 2001: Hotel


22nd March 2001: Advanced Aviation

  • Atta rented an aiplane from Advanced Aviation in Lawrenceville, Georgia, for a one hour check ride with a flight instructor from that school. He listed his address as A.M. Zentrum Haus 2, Hamburg, Germany. (Source)


27th March to 3rd April 2001: Hotel


Early April 2001: Nawaf al-Hazmi


3rd April 2001: Hotel


4th April 2001: Hotel

  • Atta and al-Shehhi check out of the Diplomat Inn, Virginia Beach. They then close the mailbox they rented on February 20th, and Atta cashes an $8,000 cheque payable to "Cash" at a branch of SunTrust Bank in Virginia Beach. (Source)
 (see more about this period in the 9th April entry)

9th April 2001: Alleged Iraqi contact in Prague

  • It's been alleged that Atta met with with Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim Samir al Ani, an Iraqi diplomat, at the Iraqi Embassy in Prague. Here's what the 9/11 Commission said about the claim.


11th April 2001: 122 Tara Gardens

  • Atta and al-Shehhi lease apartment number 122 at Tara Gardens, 10001 W. Atlantic Boulevard, Hollywood, Florida. The lease period ran to May 17 2001, although they vacated before this (see May 13). (Source)


19th April 2001 to 18th May 2001: Atta joins a gym

  • An exhibit at the Moussaoui trial says Atta was member of a gym, Twenty Four Fitness, at 9800 West Atlantic Blvd, Coral Springs, FL, for this month (although a separate exhibit says this was a one week guest exhibit only). (Source) The first document says he's a member of a Georgia gym for another month in February/ March. (Source)


26th April 2001: Traffic ticket


  • Atta received a traffic ticket in Taramac, Florida, for operating a vehicle without a valid driver's licence. Al-Shehhi and two other males were passengers in the car. (Source)


Some time in April 2001: In Germany?


2nd May 2001: Driver's licence

  • Atta is issued with a Florida driver's licence, # A300-540-68-321-0. (Source) Ziad Jarrah obtains his own driver's licence on the same day.
  • Atta's immigration status undergoes a minor change, as reported by the 9/11 Commission:



9th - 10th May 2001: Unit #1, 1836 Lincoln Street


10th May 2001: AT&T cellphone account

  • An exhibit at the Moussaoui trial mentions documents relating to Atta's AT&T cellphone account for number 305-632-2408. (Source)


13th May 2001 - 16th June 2001: 1818 Jackson St

  • A Moussaoui trial exhibit mentions a $1110 receipt for Atta & al-Shehhi, covering the rental of the apartment 1818 Jackson St., #3A, Hollywood, FL. (Source)


21st May 2001: Renting a mailbox

  • Atta signs up at Mail Boxes Etc, Hollywood, FL for a mailbox: Box 256, 3389 Sheridan St., Hollywood, FL 33021-3606. The service agreement specifies his address as 1818 Jackson St., Hollywood, FL 33020 (phone 954-815-3004). He then files a USPS (US Postal Service) form asking for mail to his 10001 W. Atlantic Blvd, Coral Springs address to be redirected to the mailbox. (Source)


28th May - 29th May 2001: Renting a car

  • Atta (under the name Mohamed ElSayed) appears on a registration card for 3 people showing a 2-day start at Hill Totel, rm. 117, Hollywood, FL. Mohand al-Shehri is listed as Mohand Shahri; the third person is not named. (Source)


31st May 2001 - 2nd June 2001: Renting a car


10th June 2001 - 24th June 2001: Leasing a car

  • Atta leases a beige Oldsmobile Alero, FL UEP54N, from Alamo. (Source)


22nd June 2001: Registered email account

  • At 1:50:21pm Atta registered the e-mail account mohamedatta@hotmail.com while at Kinko's, in Florida. (Source)


24th June - 22nd July 2001: Renting a car

  • Atta rents a Chevrolet Malibu, FL T52LCH, from Alamo. (Source)


27th June 2001: Flying to Boston

  • Atta appears on the passenger list for Delta Airlines Flt 2598 from Ft Lauderdale to Boston. (Source)


28th June 2001: Flying ot San Francisco/ Las Vegas

  • Atta takes United Airlines Flight 161 from Boston to San Francisco, then United Airlines Flight 955 from San Francisco to Las Vegas. He rents a Chevrolet Malibu from this day until 1st July 2001. (Source) He returned the car on July 1 2001, having driven 110 miles. (Source)

The 9/11 Commission Report tells us this flight was part of a larger pattern.


29th June - 1st July 2001: Hotel

  • Atta stays at the Econo Lodge Las Vegas, rm. 122, arriving on the 29th of June and departing on the 1st of July. (Source)


30th June 2001: Travelocity.com

  • Atta logged on to his mohamedatta@hotmail.com account from the Cyber Cafe in Las Vegas. He logged onto accessed [sic] Travelocity.com three times. (Source)


1st July 2001: Flying to Boston

  • Atta takes United Airlines Flight 2700 from Las Vegas to Denver, then United Airlines Flight 1220 from Denver to Boston, where he stays at the Holiday Inn Express, rm. 614, for 1 night. (Source)


2nd July 2001: Flying to New Jersey

  • Atta takes Delta Flight 6181 from Boston to JFK, then stays at the Town House Motor Hotel, Elmwood Park, NJ, for 1 night. (Source) On the morning of the 2nd, cellular telephone 973-652-2555, registered to Hani Hanjour, called cellular telephone 305-632-2408, registered to Mohamed Atta. (Source)
  • The 9/11 Commission Report suggests a possible reason for the New Jersey stop.


  • He may also have stayed at the King's Inn, rm. 230, Wayne, NJ on this same trip, however the document doesn't give a date. Although it may be relating to another document dated 26th July 2001. (Source)


3rd July 2001: Purchasing tickets for Zurich trip

  • Atta purchased airline tickets at Apollo Travel, Paterson, New Jersey, for Swissair 227, Miami to Zurich on July 7, 2001, and Swissair 656, Zurich to Madrid on July 8, 2001. (Source)


4th July 2001: Flys to Fort Lauderdale

  • Atta picks up the Swissair tickets he booked the previous day. (Source)
  • Atta calls UAE cellular telephone 971 50 520 9905 using pre-paid calling cards at pay telephones in Elmwood, New Jersey. (Source)
  • Atta takes Delta Airlines Flight 2361 from Newark to Ft. Lauderdale. (Source)


7th July 2001: Flying to Zurich

  • Atta takes Swissair Flight 117 from Miami to Zurich. (Source)


8th July 2001: Flying to Madrid

  • An exhibit at the Moussaoui trial records Atta purchasing a Victorinix Camper Knife and Victorinix Soldier's Knife at Zurich airport, Switzerland.
Hijacker Purchase Records 1.jpg
  • Atta takes Swissair Flight 656 from Zurich to Madrid. (Source)
  • Atta registers for an account at travelocity.com using a computer located at the airport. He uses this to book a car rental with SIXT Rent-A-Car for July 9 to 16, 2001.


  • The 9/11 Commission reported on what they believe happened during the Spanish meeting.


8th - 9th July 2001: Calling Germany

  • Atta stayed in Madrid at the Diana Cazadora Hotel, room 111, on Avenida de La Hispanidad, 12 (SENSA). He made three telephone calls to German cellular phone 49 178 305 3805 from his hotel room. He paid for the room in cash. (Source)


9th July 2001: Renting a car

  • Atta rented a Hyundai Accent from SIXT Rent-A-Car, Madrid, Spain, which he used to drive from Madrid to Tarragona. (Source)


13th - 16th July 2001: Tarragona

  • Atta stayed in room 206 at the Hotel Sant Jordia, Tarragona. He paid for the room in cash. (Source)


16th July 2001: Hotel

  • Atta checks in to the Casablanca Hotel Playa in Tarragona, where he'll stay for the 16th and 17th. He paid for the room in cash. (Source)
  • Atta made an ATM withdrawal of 24,000 pesos (approximately $165) in Tarragona. (Source)
  • At the airport in Reus, Spain, Atta called SIXT Rental and extended the rental period for his car. (Source)


17th - 19th July 2001: Hotel

  • Atta stayed in room 15 at the Hotel Residencia Montsant, Tarragona. He paid for the room in cash. (Source)


19th July 2001: Flying to Atlanta

  • Atta returns his Hyundai Accent to SIXT Rent-A-Car, Madrid, Spain. He had driven 1980 kilometres. Atta paid for the car using his SunTrust Visa debit card. (Source)
  • Atta takes Delta Flight 109 from Madrid to Atlanta, where an INS I-94 document shows him re-entering the US. He then takes Delta Airlines Flight 454 from Atlanta to Ft Lauderdale. (Source)


  • Atta made several calls from the Atlanta airport using calling card 888-284-8340 PIN 4232622109. (Source)


22nd July 2001 - 19th August 2001: Renting a car

  • Atta rents a grey Mitsubishi Galant, FL T27IIQ, from Alamo. (Source) He returned the car on August 19, 2001, having driven 3,836 miles. (Source)


26th July 2001: Flying to Newark

  • Atta takes Continental Airlines Flight 1032 from Ft. Lauderdale to Newark. (Source)


  • Atta stays at the Kings Inn in Wayne, New Jersey, until 30th July. He pays for the room in cash. (Source)


30th July 2001: Return to Fort Lauderdale

  • Atta takes Continental Airlines Flight 1037 from Newark to Ft. Lauderdale. (Source)


3rd August - 4th August 2001: Ramzi Binalshibh

  • The 9/11 Commission described some communications between Atta and Binalshibh.


4th August 2001: Mohamed al Kahtani


  • Mohamed Atta's rental car entered the garage area at Orlando International Airport at 4:18pm. The vehicle did not depart the airport until 9:04pm. These times correspond to the times that al Kahtani was due to arrive at the airport and the time he departed the airport. Additionally, pre-paid calling cards with PINS 8320622084 and 13296691964 were used from Orlando Airport to call 971 502 09905 on five occasions between 4:35pm and 8:15pm. (Source)


6th August - 13th August 2001: Renting a car

  • Atta signs a lease agreement with Warricks for a white Ford Escort, FL D47KRK. (Source)
Atta Warricks 1.jpg


7th August 2001: Flying to Newark

  • Atta flew from Ft Lauderdale to Newark on Spirit Airlines Flight 460. (Source)
  • Atta stays at the Wayne Inn, rm. 223, Wayne, NJ. (Source) The 9/11 Commission Report speculates as to why he was in the area:


9th August 2001: William Paterson State College

  • Khalid al-Mihdhar created email account kkhd20002@yahoo.com using an IP address registered to William Paterson State College. Atta used a pay telephone at the college approximately 40 minutes before al-Mihdhar used his email account, and around an hour afterwards. (Source)


13th August 2001: Flying to Las Vegas

  • Atta takes America West Airlines Flight 244 from Washington National to Las Vegas, then stays at the Econo Lodge, Las Vegas again (this time in rm. 124), as he did at the end of June. (Source) The 9/11 Commission Report point out that he wasn't alone:


14th August 2001: Return to Fort Lauderdale

  • Atta takes Continental Airlines Flight 1936 from Las Vegas to Houston, then Continental Airlines Flight 1858 (possibly 1850?) from Houston to Ft. Lauderdale. (Source)


15th August - 29th August, 2001: Renting a car

  • Atta signs a lease agreement with Warricks for a blue Chevrolet Corsica, FL D62R1E. (Source)
Atta Warricks 2.jpg


16th August 2001: Palm Beach Flight Training

  • Atta rented a plane at Palm Beach Flight Training (Lantana, Florida) with instructor. Cost: $133.03. (Source)
  • Atta's and al-Shehhi's debit card was used at 18:34 in the Delray Beach Winn Dixie (STB) - $15. (Source)


17th August 2001: Palm Beach Flight Training

  • Atta rented a plane at Palm Beach Flight Training (Lantana, Florida). Cost: $123.23. (Source) He flew without an instructor. (Source)
  • Atta's and al-Shehhi's debit card was used at 16:25 in the Boynton Beach Office Depot (STB). $25.46. (Source)


18th August 2001: ATM cash withdrawal

  • Cash withdrawal from Atta's and al-Shehhi's account at 16:28 in a Boynton Beach, FL ATM machine (STB) - $100. (Source)
  • Atta's and al-Shehhi's debit card was used at 17:30 in the Boynton Beach Target (STB) - $65.17 (Source)


19th August 2001: Palm Beach Flight Training

  • Atta rented an Archer aircraft at Palm Beach Flight Training (Lantana, FL). Cost: $143.90 (Source) He flew without an instructor. (Source)


20th August 2001: Palm Beach Flight Training

  • Atta rented an aircraft, 12:08, at Palm Beach Flight Training (Lantana, FL). Cost: $143.90 (Source) He flew without an instructor. (Source)
  • Atta received AAA roadside service at 755 Dotteral [sic] Rd. for a Chevy Corsica, 16:48, Nokomis, FL. (Source)


21st August 2001: Shopping


22nd August 2001: Buys ticket for a flight to Newark

  • Atta purchased a one-way ticket from Ft. Lauderdale to Newart on Spirit flt 460 for travel on 23rd August; paid cash at Ft Lauderdale airport - $154.75. (Source)
  • Atta's travelocity.com account was accessed from IP 204.120.56.1, 18:22:10 - 18:40:24, Florida. (Source)
  • Atta's & al-Shehhi's debit card was used at Payless Shoes (STB), 19:24, Pompano Beach, FL - $19.07. (Source)


23rd August 2001: Flies to Newark

  • Atta flew from Ft. Lauderdale to Newark, NJ on Spirit Airlines Flt. 460, 19:10. (Source) The 911 Commission Report suggested:


24th August 2001: Finances


25th August 2001: Establishes AAdvantage profile

  • Atta's travelocity.com account was accessed from IP 63,220.49.239, 14:12:04-14:42:13. (Source) The computer used was "registered to Yuri.com"? (Source)
  • Atta established AAdvantage profile #6H26LO4, 1:33 (possible wrong time?). (Source)


26th August 2001: Reserves flight to Miami

  • Atta's travelocity.com account was accessed & booked a reservation for 28th August on US Air flt 2970 from BWI to Miami, 17:44 - $190.75. (Source) The computer he used was located at the Web Station in Fort Lee, New Jersey. (Source)


27th August 2001: Shopping

  • Atta's & al-Shehhi's debit card was used (presumably by al-Shehhi as Atta was still away) at Payless Shoes (STB), Pompano Beach, FL - $19.07. (Source)


28th August 2001: Makes reservations for Flight 11

  • Atta flew on US Air flt. 2970 from BWI (Baltimore, MD) to Ft. Lauderdale. (Source)
  • Ramzi Binalshibh says Atta calls him in Hamburg "at 2.30am on 29th August 2001". He recites "a riddle" - "two sticks, a dash and a cake with a stick down". Binalshibh realises this is an 11 and a 9: the zero hour. (Chapter 7, Masterminds of Terror, Yosri Fouda and Nick Fielding).


29th August 2001: Renting a car

  • Atta & al-Shehhi returned a Chevy Corsica and rented a Ford Escort, FL D47KRK, from Warrick's Car Rental, Pompano Beach, FL. Al-Shehhi paid with VISA card #4011 8008 4050 7778. They will keep the car until 9th September 2001 (Source 1) (Source 2) In the car's glove box on return was a SunTrust Bank ATM receipt, attached to which was a post-it note with the handwritten name and Delray Beach, Florida address of "Hamzah Saleh Alghamdi". (Source)
Atta Warricks 3.jpg


30th August 2001: Buys Leatherman utility tool

  • Atta's and al-Shehhi's credit card used at Lowe's to purchase a Leatherman utility tool containing a knife (STB), 17:10, Boynton Beach, FL - $74.18. (Source)


31st August 2001: Shopping


2nd September 2001: Shopping

  • Atta's and al-Shehhi's debit card was used at Winn-Dixie (STB), 17:42, Deerfield Beach, FL - $34.60. (Source)


3rd September 2001: Shopping

  • Atta's travelocity.com account was accessed from IP 204.120.56.1, 00:27:29-00:33:52, Florida. (Source)
  • Atta's and al-Shehhi's debit card was used at Circuit City (STB), 17:25, Delray Beach, FL - $47.68. (Source)


4th September 2001: FedEx package to the UAE

  • Atta sent a FedEx package to the UAE from Kinko's, Hollywood, FL. (Source)


5th September 2001: Buys more airline tickets

  • Atta went to Alvatour Travel Service, Lighthouse Point, FL, and paid in cash for Mohand al-Shehri & [[Fayez Banihammad]'s flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Boston on AirTran flt 188/284 for 8th September 2001 - $192. (Source)
  • al-Shehhi & Atta paid cash for airline tickets at Costamar Travel, Lighthouse Point, FL. Atta was booked on US Air flt 2698 one-way on 7th September 2001 (Ft. Lauderdale to Boston). Al-Shehhi was booked on Delta 2462 one-way on 9th September 2001 (Ft. Lauderdeal to Boston). (Source). A second Moussaoui trial document places Atta on US Airways Flight 2719, though, and this is the one he eventually took. (Source)


6th September 2001: Cashes cheque

  • Check cashed by Atta at SunTrust Bank, South Pompano Beach, FL - $5,300. (Source) Elsewhere described as: A cheque in the amount of $5,300, drawn on the SunTrust Bank account of Atta and al-Shehhi, was cashed. (Source)


7th September 2001: Sells car, organises wire transfer, flies to Baltimore

  • Atta sold his 1986 Grand Prix to Sun Auto Leasing (Elite Select Used Cars), Ft Lauderdale, FL - $800. (Source)
  • Wire transfer from al-Shehhi's and Atta's SunTrust account to Saudi Arabia, 15:58, Ft. Lauderdale, FL - $200. (Source)
  • Atta travelled from Ft Lauderdale to BWI (Baltimore, MD) on US Air flt. 2719. (Source) The 9/11 Commission Report suggests this was "presumably to meet with the Flight 77 team in Laurel" (page 253).


8th September 2001: Flights organised, wire transfer sent

  • Atta's travelocity.com account was accessed from IP 204.120.54.1, 17:31:07-18:13:55, & a reservation was made on US Air flt 2979 from BWI to Boston on 9th September 2001 - $244.75. (Source)
  • Atta sends $2860 from Western Union in Coral Springs, FL, to Mustafa Ahmed in Sharjah, then sends $5000 from Giant Foods to Mustafa Ahmad at the Wall Street Exchange Center in Dubai. (Source)
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  • Atta's travelocity.com account was accessed from IP 2.4.120.54.1, 18:14:51-18:16:09 - $5000. (Source)


9th September 2001: Flying to Boston

  • Atta flew on US Air flight 2979 from BWI (Baltimore, MD) to Boston. (Source)
  • Atta rented a Nissan Altima at Alamo, Logan Intl. Airport, 18:08, Boston, MA, using his VISA card - $86.23. (Source)
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  • Nissan Altima entered Central Parking garage at Logan Intl. Airport, 22:03, Boston, MA. (Source)
  • ATM cash withdrawal at Terminal C, Logan Intl. Airport (STB), Boston, MA - $500. (Source)
  • Nissan Altima left Central Parking garage at Logan Intl. Airport, Boston, MA. (Source)
  • The 9/11 Commission Report tells us that Atta "apparently placed one last call to his own father on September 9" (page 249).


10th September 2001: Stays in South Portland

  • Atta checked into the Comfort Inn (90 Maine Mall Road,South Portland), rm 233, 17:37, with Abdulaziz al-Omari; he paid with VISA #4011 8008 4050 7778 - $129.42. (Source)
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A high-resolution shot from the gas station was later released at the Moussaoui trial.

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Other shots here:

  • The FBI issued a press release on the 14th October that included the following timetable.


11th September 2001: Boarding Flight 11

  • Atta checked out of the Comfort Inn, 5:33, Portland, ME. (Source)
  • Atta's Nissan Altima rental car entered the Portland Airport parking lot, Portland, ME. (Source)





  • The FBI issued a press release on the 14th October that included the following timetable.