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9/11: The Attack on the Pentagon

This powerpoint describes the tragic events concerning the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

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9/11: The Attack on the Pentagon

  2. The Hijackers <ul><li>At around 7:15 a.m. hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi (scan) gets searched, Khalid Almihdhar (white), and Hani Hanjour (black) board Flight 77. </li></ul><ul><li>Though they exhibit suspicious behavior and set off several metal detectors, but they are cleared to continue after a brief screening of their luggage. </li></ul>
  3. The Takeoff <ul><li>Flight 77 departed from Dulles International Airport almost ten minutes late. </li></ul><ul><li>The plane contained 58 passengers, four flight attendants, two pilots, 10,000 gallons of fuel, and unfortunately three hijackers… </li></ul>
  4. The Last Transmission <ul><li>After nearly a half hour of flying the pilot asked for clearance to fly higher </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This would be the last transmission heard from Flight 77 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It is theorized that the plane was hijacked shortly after this transmission because the pilot failed to respond to a routine instruction that he was given after this transmission. </li></ul>
  5. The Hijacking <ul><li>Renee May and Barbara Olsen made phone calls reporting that the hijackers gained control of the plane using knives and box cutters. </li></ul><ul><li>A few minutes later the plane disappeared from radar screens and began to veer off course heading southwest. </li></ul>
  6. The Reappearance <ul><li>Almost eight minutes later Flight 77 reappeared on radar screens, but it was east of its last know position and was not noticed when it reappeared. </li></ul><ul><li>American Airlines’ System Operations Control now believed that Flight 77 had hit one of the World Trade Centers, but they were wrong… </li></ul>
  7. The Impact <ul><li>Flight 77 turned around in a circle heading for the Pentagon. </li></ul><ul><li>A contract crew who had been doing renovations on the southwest perimeter of the Pentagon were informed of the attack on the World Trade centers and were advised to get out of the building. </li></ul><ul><li>Moments later at 9:37a.m., Flight 77 hit the west wall of the Pentagon. </li></ul>
  8. It Could Have Been Worse… <ul><li>Ironically enough, the West side was the only section of the Pentagon that had just been renovated and was near completion at the time of the attack. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It was the only section with a sprinkler system and had been reinforced with steel columns to protect it from bomb blasts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This section also had blast proof windows </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Because of these renovations only 800 people were working in the affected area as opposed to the 4,500 who normally work in that section. </li></ul>
  9. Photos <ul><li>Top: Hole caused by the impact. </li></ul><ul><li>Bottom: Some windows stay intact even after the blast. </li></ul>
  10. The Response <ul><li>Officer Mark Bright, a member of the Pentagon police force, saw the plane as it crashed into the Pentagon. He immediately jumped into his police car and was the first officer to arrive on the scene. </li></ul><ul><li>Many other emergency personnel arrived at the scene minutes after the crash. </li></ul>
  11. The Conspiracy <ul><li>Some believe that this attack was not an act of terrorism but an act of our own government. </li></ul><ul><li>Some believe the explosion was caused by a missile fired from a military helicopter. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is reported that a military helicopter was hovering around the West side, and it quickly ducked back behind the building moments before the explosion. </li></ul></ul>
  12. More Suspicious Activity <ul><li>Moments after the plane crashed the FBI seized all of the surveillance tapes from surrounding gas stations and the nearby Sheraton hotel. </li></ul><ul><li>They refused to release the tapes to the public until later. They eventually released a video that had been taken from one of the Pentagon surveillance cameras. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The tape had obviously been tampered with. </li></ul></ul>
  13. The Casualties <ul><li>All 64 people on the plane were killed. One hundred-and-twenty-four people working in the building were killed, and one other victim died in hospital several days later. </li></ul>
  14. Dedicated to all of those who perished in the September 11 attacks and their families.