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American Airlines Flight 77

The Boeing 757 departed at 08:20 from Dulles Airport, Washington, bound for LA. About half-an-hour later the hijacking began.

At 09:38, the plane crashed into the Pentagon travelling at 530 mph.

All 64 on board, including six crew, were killed. On the ground, 125 military and civilian personnel died.

Passenger Barbara Olson called her husband, US solicitor general Ted Olson, to tell him the plane had been hijacked. Her call was cut off but she rang again only to hear her husband inform her of the two earlier hijacks before she was finally cut off.

The hijackers were Majed Moqed, Hani Hanjour, Khalid al Mihdhar, Nawaf al Hazmi and his brother Salem al Hazmi. Apart from Mihdhar, who came from Yemen, the others were all from Saudi Arabia. Hazmi and Mihdhar both enrolled at a flying school in San Diego but their grasp of English was so poor they had to give up. Hani Hanjour was the pilot of flight 77. He began flight training in Arizona and obtained a commercial pilot's licence in April 1999.

Graphic showing route of Flight 77 and locations of hijackers in plane


Washington to Los Angeles
Take-off: 0820 EDT
Hijacked: 0851-0854
Crashed: 0937
Dead: 59 plus five hijackers


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