Who was Killed in the September 11th Attack
The September 11th attack was the most deadly single-day assault on civilians in the United States in history. Despite the use of modern techniques for identifying victims using just small samples of tissue. it is clear that an exact list of victims will never be obtained. This is especially the case in New York City, where more than 1000 presumed victims remain unidentified.
Compilations of lists of victims such as that maintained by September11Victims.com typically include victims of three types: confirmed dead, reported dead, and reported missing. The confirmed dead category includes presumed victims for whom death certificates have been issued, even in cases where no remains of the victim have been identified. 1
Breakdown of the Fatalities
According the the US State Department, the victims of the attack breakdown as follows:World Trade Center: 2,823 presumed dead (including plane victims)
Flight 11: 92 people on board
Flight 175: 64 people on board
Pentagon: 125 (not including plane victims)
Flight 77: 64 people on board
Flight 93: 45 people on board
Note that the World Trade Center statistic includes the victims on the flights whereas the Pentagon statistic does not. 2 The remains of victims in the Pentagon and those on Flight 77 were transported to Dover Air Force Base to be identified by the military, whereas identification of the remains of World Trade Center victims was carried out by New York City's civilian medical examiner's office.
We examine in greater detail victims and survivors of the attack on New York City:
Victim Compensation Fund
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund was created by an Act of Congress as part of the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act of 2001 to compensate victims of the attack and surviving family members. 3 To recieve compensation from the Fund, applicants and their successors had to agree to:
The deadline for filing a claim was December 22, 2003. Lists of claimants were posted on the U.S. Department of Justice website, such as one from April 22, 2002, listing claims by victim representatives for 645 victims. 5 The Fund awarded a total of about $7 billion, with an average payout of $1.8 million.
2. September 11, 2001: Basic Facts, 8/15/02 [cached]
3. 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Expands Eligibility to Include Injured Rescue Workers and Volunteers, nycosh.org,
4. Frequently Asked Questions, usdoj.gov,
5. September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001,