This morning at approximately 8:40AM EDT, a plane struck one of the World Trade Center buildings, creating a great plume of smoke that can be seen clearly for miles and miles around. Approximately 18-20 minutes later, another plane struck the second World Trade Center building. Both were apparently hijacked planes, and at least one was a passenger airliner carrying over 130 people. Soon thereafter, a third plane crashed into the southwest side of the Pentagon. And now, there are reports of yet another plane which has crashed right outside of Camp David, the presidential retreat (Ed: Apparently that report was a rumor and has now been dispelled.).
Both World Trade Center buildings have now collapsed, spilling dust and debris on the streets of New York for miles around. There are a reported 40,000 (Ed: 50,000, with at least 100,000 who pass through the area each day.) people who work in the buildings.
There are unconfirmed reports of yet another hijacked plane which is in the air and bound for Washington D.C. We\'ll try to keep posted.
A link to the CNN site for news items associated with the apparent terrorist attacks is provided here, although so far I\'ve been unable to access it.
A working link here to the Daily Herald.
Ed: Five planes in total have crashed, according to news reports. Two hit the World Trade Center buildings, one hit the Pentagon, one crashed outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and another in an apparently as-yet undisclosed location.
Ed: It was apparently four planes. Apologies for the confusion.