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9:03 a.m.: Hijacked Plane Hits the WTC South Tower
A fiery blasts rocks the south tower of the New York World Trade Center

A fiery blasts rocks the south tower of the New York World Trade Center

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At 9:03 a.m. Eastern Time, hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston crashed into the south side of the south tower, WTC 2 within the World Trade Center Complex of buildings in Lower Manhattan.

The plane, a Boeing 767 jet, burst into flames as it struck floors 78 through 84—lower in the building than the aircraft that crashed into WTC 1. Like the first jet into tower 1, the jet's impact on tower 2 destroyed support columns but did not cause the immediate collapse.

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