- Thousands of people are feared dead following suicide
plane-crash attacks on the World Trade Center, in New York today.
- Twenty-five thousand people were thought to be working
in the twin towers of World Trade Center in New York at the time of the
kamikaze assaults. Both of the 110-storey towers collapsed within two hours
of the onslaught.
- A third plane has crashed into the Pentagon, Washington,
part of which has collapsed, and a fourth plane has crashed south east
of Pittsburgh. A fifth plane is reported to be heading towards Washington
DC, according to Sky News.
- American Airlines has confirmed that it has lost two
planes with a total of 156 people on board, one from Boston and one from
- Up to eight airplanes are said to have been hijacked,
US air authorities say that three planes are unaccounted for.
- Yasser Arafat has condemned the attacks, but current
speculation still puts the blame on Palestianian separatists. All Israeli
embassies in the US have been evacuated as has the UK stock exchange. Part
of the Pentagon has also collapsed. All civilian planes in the US are grounded.
- Net News The incredible spate of terrorist attacks has
knocked most the world's news sites off the Internet as people tried to
find out the latest news.
- CNN has been offline ever since the news that a second
plane had crashed into the World trade Center. The BBC has fared little
better, which the site now inaccessible. MSNBC was available for a short
while but seems to have disappeared as well following the posting of a
video of the second plane crashing.
- [16.50PM GMT: Most news sites have now put up a simple
front page with a list of stories in order to bring themselves back online]
- The news that a bomb has gone off just outside the Pentagon
and a third explosion near the World Trade Center have only added to the
problems. All UK newspaper sites are struggling with demand, working at
an incredibly slow rate. Only The Guardian and the FT are offering accessible
information as we write.
- The World Trade Centre Association Web site has also
vanished, and access to any New York Webcams is impossible. Tony Blair
has cancelled his speech at the TUC to fly back to London.
- The only news sites that seem to have weathered the demand
so far are the Press Association's Ananova site and Sky TV's Sky.com, although
that too is having trouble now. Ananova reckons eight planes in total have
been hijacked. All planes in US airspace have been ordered to land as soon
- It seems that the Internet has failed in its first truly
hard test as a news disseminator. The best coverage is coming from the
usual TV outlets.