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Presenter: Victoria Clarke, ASD PA
September 12, 2001
DoD News Briefing - Victoria Clarke, ASD PA
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001 - 10:16 a.m.
(Also participating are David Chu, under secretary of Defense for Personnel and
Readiness; Meg Falk, director of the Office of Family Policy; Maj. Gen. Jim Jackson,
commander of the Military District of Washington; and Ed Plaugher, fire chief of
Q: Is there anything left of the aircraft at all?
Plaugher: First all, the question about the aircraft, there are some small pieces of
aircraft visible from the interior during this fire-fighting operation I'm talking
about, but not large sections. In other words, there's no fuselage sections and that
sort of thing. . . .
Q: Chief, there are small pieces of the plane virtually all over, out over the
highway, tiny pieces. Would you say the plane exploded, virtually exploded on impact
due to the fuel or --
Plaugher: You know, I'd rather not comment on that.
We have a lot of eyewitnesses that can give you better information about what
actually happened with the aircraft as it approached. So we don't know. I don't
know. . . .
Q: Around that side of the building where the fire is and where the fire fighting's
going on, I would appreciate it if you could intercede on behalf of the FBI to make
sure reporters are allowed into a certain area there and allowed access in there so
-- and not being threatened or, in fact, handcuffed and dragged away, that reporters
do have an area close to the action where they won't necessarily interfere with
things. But I -- would you --
Clarke: Absolutely. You know, as I tried to say at the beginning of this, we
understand and appreciate what you're trying to do. Understand and appreciate just
how difficult this all is.