This is the beginning of a larger article about Government stats on life expectancy. But I only cared about this first part.
WASHINGTON (March 14) - U.S. Government statistics on life expectancy for 2001 issued on Friday included a new, special category for the 3,000 people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.
So many people were killed that they raised the country's overall homicide rate by 17 percent, the National Center for Health Statistics said.
"Excluding deaths from the terrorist attacks, the ... death rate for homicide would have declined by 1.7 percent," said the NCHS annual report on causes of death. "Homicide had been on a downward trend since 1991."
The report classified 2,953 deaths from the attacks against the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon outside Washington, as well as the Pennsylvania crash of one of the four hijacked airliners.
The numbers were based on official death certificates. The reports on the Sept. 11 attackers classify their deaths as suicides.