There is little if any hard evidence available to the public, that
American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757 flying from Washington Dulles
International Airport, crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
At the Dept. of Defense (DoD) NewsBriefing on September 12, 2001, American Airlines, Flight
77, Boeing 757, and Dulles were not even mentioned.
CNN's senior Pentagon correspondent at the Pentagon
Just minutes after the attack, standing in front of the
Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Jamie McIntyre, CNN's senior Pentagon correspondent since November 1992,
From my close up inspection there's no evidence of a plane
having crashed anywhere near the Pentagon. . . . . The only pieces left that
you can see are small enough that you could pick up in your hand. There are
no large tail sections, wing sections, fuselage - nothing like that anywhere
around which would indicate that the entire plane crashed into the side of
the Pentagon. . . . It wasn't till about 45 minutes later . . . that all of
the floors collapsed.
Arlington County Fire Chief Ed Plaugher, incident commander at the Pentagon on September 11, corroborates Jamie
McIntyre's report. At the September 12, 2001, DoD briefing, when asked: "Is
there anything left of the aircraft at all?" said: "there are some small
pieces of aircraft ... there's no fuselage sections and that sort of thing."
In response to another question: "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", Plaugher
responded: "You know, I'd rather not comment on that."
Victoria Clarke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs -
"presenter" of the DoD briefing, did not contradict Chief Plaugher.
Evidence that a Boeing 757 struck the Pentagon?
Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski,
who from her fifth-floor, B-ring office at the Pentagon, witnessed "an
unforgettable fireball, 20 to 30 feet in diameter," was called for stretcher
duty as she and others
stared in disbelief at a smoking gash in the
Pentagon . . . But no person or thing emerged from that side of the
Pentagon. We heard that survivors and injured folks were being recued from
the inside, . . . and out the River exit into ambulances.
a strange absence of airliner debris, there was no sign of the kind of
damage to the Pentagon structure one would expect from the impact of a large
airliner. This visible evidence or lack thereof may also have been apparent
to the secretary of defense, who in an unfortunate slip of the tongue
referred to the aircraft that slammed into the Pentagon as a 'missile'.
Barbara Honegger, military affairs journalist and former White House policy
Gen. Larry Arnold, revealed that he ordered one of his jets to fly
down low over the Pentagon shortly after the attack that morning, and that
his pilot reported back that there was no evidence that a plane had hit the
Publicly available photos support these statements by Jamie McIntyre, Ed
Plaugher, Karen Kwiatkowski, and Barbara Honegger.
Questions about what hit the Pentagon on September 11, continued to be
raised at the Dept. of Defense NewsBriefing on September 15, 2001.
One thing that's confusing - if it came in the way you described, at an
angle, why then are not the wings outside? I mean, the wings would have
shorn off. The tail would have shorn off. And yet there's apparently no
evidence of the aircraft outside the E ring.
Hole reported made by a Boeing 757
The hole in the Pentagon wall - prior to the collapse of the roof - appears
much too small to accomodate a Boeing 757. If only the front end penetrated
the Pentagon, then the wings, a portion of the fuselage, and tail would have
remained outside. But no large debris - anything resembling the Boeing
757 wings, fuselage, or tail - is visible on the Pentagon lawn, and the
lawn itself shows no sign that a Boeing 757 skidded across it or struck it.
The engines of the Boeing 757 would have survived the impact and heat. An engine from a
plane that struck the World Trade Center was shown on network television,
and so was an engine from American Airlines Flight 587 which crashed shortly
after takeoff from New York on November 12, 2001.
One photo from the Pentagon crash site shows what could be an
engine part about 30 inches in diameter outside the Pentagon. Another photo
shows what could be an engine part (its size is difficult to determine)
inside the Pentagon. Were these parts, and another piece of debris on the Pentagon lawn traced to
According to George Nelson, Colonel, USAF (ret.), serial numbers on
aircraft parts could confirm the plane's identity. But the FBI has refused to make
that evidence available to the public.
Another question put to Chief Plaugher at the briefing was:
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...
Plaugher responded: "I'd rather not comment on that."
How did "small pieces of the plane" end up "out over the highway" when the
plane is reported to have disintegrated inside the Pentagon after it crossed
the highway? If it disintegrated outside the Pentagon why is there nothing
that looks like a Boeing 757 on the Pentagon lawn? If it disintegrated
either inside or outside the Pentagon what caused the hole
What made this hole in C-ring?
When asked, "Have you removed the bodies?" Chief Plaugher replied,
"We have no information on any type of casualty or body counts at this
National news media, particularly Jamie McIntyre, failed to follow up on
Chief Plaugher's comment that "there's no fuselage sections and that sort of
thing" when dozens of onlookers, relatives, and firefighters were
interviewed on network television about the planes that crashed into the
World Trade Center.
Light poles and highway sign in or below reported flight-path
Photos and videos of the Pentagon reveal yet more curious
sights: a trailer, light poles, and a highway sign in front of the damaged
area still intact after a Boeing 757 is
alleged to have flown through there; office furniture and a computer monitor
which survived the fire that is alleged to have vaporized the Boeing 757,
but left human bodies in good enough condition to be indentified; two men in
white shirts and ties rushing to pick up pieces of whatever struck the
Pentagon; "50 FBI officers" walking
"shoulder-to-shoulder across the south grounds of the Pentagon, picking up
debris and stuffing it into brown bags."
The Pentagon crash may be the only commercial airline crash in modern
history in which most of the available evidence has been withheld from the
public. What is available looks remarkably different from other crash
sites. Reporters on the scene were denied access, and "handcuffed and dragged away".
Many eyewitnesses reported seeing a large plane hit the
Pentagon. Others reported seeing a commuter plane (Could this
have been a cruise missile?). But their accounts are contradicted by CNN's
Jamie McIntyre, and the statements of Fire Chief Plaugher and Col.
Kwiatowski, who were in a better position to observe the evidence, and whose
credentials may be verified.
Then there's the May 23, 2003 testimony of Norman Y. Mineta,
Former Secretary of Transportation, that Vice President Richard B. Cheney
may have given a do not shoot order to facilitate an attack on the Pentagon.
In response to a question by the Vice-Chairman of Commission, Mr. Mineta states:
There was a young man who had come in and said to the vice president, "The
plane is 50 miles out. The plane is 30 miles out." And when it got down to,
"The plane is 10 miles out," the young man also said to the vice president,
"Do the orders still stand?" And the vice president turned and whipped his
neck around and said, "Of course the orders still stand. Have you heard
anything to the contrary?"
video frames initially released by the Pentagon raised more questions
than they answered - no Boeing 757 was visible. Videos
released on May 16, 2006, pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request
by Judicial Watch, are as inconclusive as the first five frames.
Further doubt has been cast on the official account of Flight 77 by
Pilots for 9/11 Truth. They claim
that "video captured by the parking gate cam is in direct conflict with the
Aircraft Flight Data Recorder data released by the NTSB."
The 9/11 Commission Report animation (July 2004) shows an aircraft flying
south of the Navy Annex. The video captured by Pentagon security cameras
shows an object flying level before striking the Pentagon. The NTSB
animation (January 2002), according to the pilots' organization, shows an
aircraft flying north of the Navy Annex, not levelling off, and being too
high to have hit the Pentagon.
The Citizen Investigation
Team has tracked down credible eyewitnesses, and some remarkable photos, that corroborate
the findings of Pilots for 9/11 Truth, and undermine the official
And there are unresolved issues regarding the complex maneuver executed by
the alleged pilot of Flight 77, and the identities of the alleged hijackers.
Radar shows Flight 77 did a downward
spiral, turning almost a complete circle and dropping the last 7,000 feet in
two-and-a-half minutes. The steep turn was so smooth, the sources say, it's
clear there was no fight for control going on. And the complex maneuver
suggests the hijackers had better flying skills than many investigators
first believed. The jetliner disappeared from radar at 9:37 and less than a
minute later it clipped the tops of street lights and plowed into the
Pentagon at 460 mph [sic].
Reported flight-path of Boeing 757
The New York Times reported that Hani Hanjour "could not fly at all."
His reported lack of flying
skills makes it highly
unlikely that he could fly a Boeing 757 in a spiral turn from
7000 feet, over a communications tower on the downslope south of the Navy
Annex, over a highway sign on Route 27, over light poles on the off ramp,
level off at an estimated 350 mph [sic] in the
remaining 150 yards - "the top of the fuselage of the aircraft no more than
20 ft above the ground" (Pentagon Building Performance Report, p14), and
strike the first floor of the 5-story, 71 feet tall
Light poles in flight-path of Boeing 757
The names of the alleged hijackers do not appear on Associated Press' September
17, 2001 "partiallist
of victims" on the hijacked flights. Hani Hanjour's "name was not on the
American Airlines manifest for the flight because he may not have had a
ticket" reported the Washington Post. At the Zacarias Moussaoui trial in July of
2006 the prosecution presented new passenger
On September 23, 2001 the BBC reported that four of the hijack "suspects" - Waleed
Al Shehri, Abdulaziz Al Omari, Saeed Alghamdi, and possibly Khalid Al Midhar
were - alive,
and that FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged "that the identity of
several of the suicide hijackers is in doubt."
The FBI's "Most Wanted
Terrorists" web page does not state that Bin Laden was responsible for
the attacks on September 11.
In our investigation, we have not uncovered a single piece of
paper - either here in the United States, or in the treasure trove of
information that has turned up in Afghanistan and elsewhere - that mentioned
any aspect of the September 11 plot.
[After analysis of the passenger
lists of the four hijacked flights and other immigration documents,
investigators identified Salem Al-Hazmi and Abdulaziz Al-Omari as two of the
The real Salem Al-Hazmi, however, is alive and indignant in Saudi Arabia,
and not one of the people who perished in the American Airlines flight that
crashed on the Pentagon.--Nick Hopkins, "False
identities mislead FBI," Guardian, September 21, 2001]
[Captain Defina drove onto the heliport and directed Foam Unit 331 to set up
there, where Fort Myer Rescue Engine 161 had established a hydrant water
supply. The only other firefighting apparatus he saw on the west side was
Arlington County's Engine and Truck 105 on the far north end.--Stephen
Murphy, "ARFF Crews Respond to the
Front Line at Pentagon," NFPA Journal, November 1, 2001]
[An examination of the area encompassed by extending the line of travel of
the aircraft to the face of the building shows that there are no discrete
marks on the building corresponding to the positions of the outer third of
the right wing. The size and position of the actual opening in the facade of
the building (from column line 8 to column line 18) indicate that no portion
of the outer two-thirds of the right wing and no portion of the outer
one-third of the left wing actually entered the building. (page 35)
The height of the damage to the facade of the building was much less
than the height of the aircraft's tail. At approximately 45 ft, the tail
height was nearly as tall as the first four floors of the building. Obvious
visible damage extended only over the lowest two floors, to approximately 25
ft above grade. (page 36)
Most likely, the wings of the aircraft were severed as the aircraft
penetrated the facade of the building. Even if portions of the wings
remained intact after passing through the plane of the facade, the
structural damage pattern indicates that the wings were severed before the
aircraft penetrated more than a few dozen feet into the building. (page
39)--Paul F. Mlaker, et al, "Pentagon Building Performance
Report," NIST, January 2003]
[In all my years of direct and indirect participation, I never witnessed nor
even heard of an aircraft loss, where the wreckage was accessible, that
prevented investigators from finding enough hard evidence to positively
identify the make, model, and specific registration number of the aircraft -
and in most cases the precise cause of the accident. This is because every
military and civilian passenger-carrying aircraft have many parts that are
identified for safety of flight. That is, if any of the parts were to fail
at any time during a flight, the failure would likely result in the
catastrophic loss of aircraft and passengers. Consequently, these parts are
individually controlled by a distinctive serial number and tracked by a
records section of the maintenance operation and by another section called
plans and scheduling. . . .
The government alleges that four wide-body airliners crashed on the morning
of September 11 2001, resulting in the deaths of more than 3,000 human
beings, yet not one piece of hard aircraft evidence has been produced in an
attempt to positively identify any of the four aircraft. On the contrary, it
seems only that all potential evidence was deliberately kept hidden from
public view. The hard evidence would have included hundreds of critical
time-change aircraft items--George Nelson Colonel, USAF (ret.), "911 and the Precautionary
Principle: Aircraft Parts as a Clue to their Identity," Physics911.net,
April 23, 2005]
[The U.S. Department of Justice has yet to respond to an October 24, 2005
appeal, filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), for 85
videotapes of the September 11, 2001 crash of Flight 77 into the
The existence of the videotapes "in the possession of the FBI [was]
described in the
declaration of Special Agent ("SA") Jacqueline Maguire dated September
7, 2005, in the lawsuit captioned Bingham v. United States Department of
Justice," according to Scott A. Hodes, Attorney at Law.--FOIA request for videotapes of 9/11 Pentagon crash
stalled, 9/11 Special Interest Group, January 1, 2006]
["I could see parts of the airplane that crashed into the building, very
small pieces of the plane on the heliport outside the building. The biggest
piece I saw was about three feet long, it was silver and had been painted
green and red, but I could not see any identifying markings on the plane. I
also saw a large piece of shattered glass. It appeared to be a cockpit
windshield or other window from the plane."--Jamie McIntyre, "Debris," Pentagon
[Then I picked it up as it struck very low into the Pentagon. The wings
folded back and it was like watching someone slam an empty aluminum can into
a wall. The jet folded up like an accordion. . . . I knew it was a big
commercial airline. I saw the AA on the side so I knew it was an American
Airlines passenger jet.--Mike Walter, "Debris," Pentagon
[She said Hanjour, a Saudi who is believed to have piloted the American
Airlines plane that crashed into the Pentagon, was a poor pilot who spoke
limited English.--Jerry Markon and William Branigin, "FAA Reportedly Dismissed
Moussaoui Concern," Washington Post, March 22, 2006]
[Clearly, if the official story that flight 77 hit the Pentagon at 9:37 were
true, Flight 77 could not have been the source of massive damage to the west
side of the building a minimum of five minutes earlier at 9:32. . . .
Multiple standard-issue, battery-operated wall clocks . . . stopped between
9:31 and 9:32-1/2 on September 11. . . .
The Pentagon was attacked by bomb(s) at or around 9:32 am, possibly
followed by an impact from an airborne object significantly smaller than
Flight 77, a Boeing 757. . . .
Gen. Larry Arnold, revealed that he ordered one of his jets to fly down low
over the Pentagon shortly after the attack that morning, and that his pilot
reported back that there was no evidence that a plane had hit the
building. The fighter jet - not flight 77 - is almost certainly the
plane seen on the Dulles airport Air Traffic Controller's screen making a
steep, high-speed 270-degree descent before disappearing from the
radar. . . .
Only a military aircraft, not a civilian plane flown by al Qaeda, would have
given off the "Friendly" signal needed to disable the Pentagon's anti-aircraft
missile batteries as it approached the building.--Barbara Honegger, "The
Pentagon Attack Papers," physics911.net, September 6, 2006]
[The most serious official contradiction of Ted Olson's story came in
2006 at the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker. The
evidence presented to this trial by the FBI included a report on phone calls
from all four 9/11 flights. In its report on American Flight 77, the FBI
report attributed only one
call to Barbara Olson and it was an "unconnected call," which (of
course) lasted "0 seconds." According to the FBI, therefore, Ted Olson
did not receive a single call from his wife using either a cell phone or an
onboard phone.--David Ray Griffin, "Ted
Olson's Report of Phone Calls from Barbara Olson on 9/11: Three Official
Denials," Global Research, April 1, 2008]
Gallop's . . . desk was roughly 40 feet from the point where the plane allegedly hit
the outside wall. As she sat down to work there was an explosion, then
another; walls collapsed and the ceiling fell in. Hit in the head, she was
able to grab the baby and make her way towards the daylight showing through
a blasted opening in the outside wall. There was no airplane wreckage and no
burning airplane fuel anywhere; only rubble and dust. . . .
Defendant Rumsfeld in particular has been deceptive from the start, as
where, on September 13, he reported on Good Morning, America that the plane
"...went in through three rings (of the Pentagon). I'm told the nose is - is
still in there, very close to the inner courtyard, about one ring away"--"UNITED STATES DISTRICT
COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK," rawstory.com, December 17,
[Pentagon police officers SGT William Lagasse and SGT Chadwick Brooks say
plane flew North of CITGO gas station . . . Pentagon police officer
Roosevelt Roberts Jr. saw the plane flying away from the building
immediately after the event.--VIDEO: "The North Side Flyover," Citizen
Investigation Team, 2008]
[ . . . the 13 witnesses deliver a devastating blow to the official story
about the Pentagon attack. Five 40-foot, 247-pound light poles were knocked
down that day. If the plane flew north of the Citgo station, it could not
have knocked down those poles. The west side of the Pentagon was damaged as
if it were hit by a plane heading north, with the zone of destruction angling
north. If the plane flew to the north of the Citgo station before hitting
the Pentagon, it would not have caused this kind of damage.--Sheila Casey,
Contradict Pentagon 9/11 Story," Rock Creek Free Press, April 2009]
"Instructor/Airshow Pilot Questions 911 Scenario," December 23, 2010
[Flight Data Recorder Expert Dennis Cimino has confirmed that the data being
provided through the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) by the National
Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is missing crucial information, which
according to Dennis, should be present and link the data to a specific
aircraft and fleet. . . . The data also exceeds the design limitations and
capabilities of a standard 757 by a wide margin.--Rob Balsamo, "Flight
Data Expert Confirmation: No Evidence Linking FDR Data to American 77,"
pilotsfor911truth.org, January 20, 2011]
[The 3 exit holes are perfectly round and look more like a punch out hole made from a
shape charge. There is a V shaped symbol with a line through it which is an
international rescue symbol for dead victims removed. This tells rescue workers that all
victims have been removed. There were 3 C ring exit holes.--"Barbara Honegger And The Pentagon Attack Papers
in 2 Minutes," vidrebel.wordpress.com, September 11, 2011]