A comparison of the fuel explosions of the WTC 2 hit (image reversed) and the Pentagon hit


9/11 BBC TV news broadcast showing a passenger jet approaching Pentagon

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A clip recording the conversation between the TYSON sector ATC and the C-130 pilot who saw Flight 77 shortly before it hit the Pentagon. (The original recording isn’t clearly time coded, so please regard these times as approximate only.)


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9:36:41 – ATC: GOFER zero 6, traffic is 11 o’clock and five miles northbound fast moving, type and altitude unknown.

9:36:49 – GOFER06: GOFER zero 6 we have the traffic in sight >unintelligible<


9:36:52 – ATC: Ah, you have the traffic, do you know what kind it is, can you see?


9:36:54 – GOFER06: Looks like a 757 sir.


9:36:59 – ATC: A 757. Can you estimate his altitude?


9:36:59 – GOFER06: Ah, looks like he’s at low altitude right now sir.


9:37:04 – ATC: GOFER eight [sic] six, thank you.




9:37:17 – GOFER06: That, ah, traffic from GOFER zero 6 is still in a descent now, and, uh, looks like he’s strolled [?] out north east [?]


9:37:24 – ATC: All right. Thank you.


9:37:30 – ATC: GOFER eight [sic] six, climb and maintain, uh,


9:37:32 – ATC background: You getting the military?


9:37:33 – ATC: Yeah. Stand by. GOFER eight [sic] six,

9:37:35 – ATC: GOFER eight [sic] six, turn right and follow the traffic, please.


9:37:40 – ATC: GOFER eight [sic] six, turn right heading zero eight zero, we’re going to vector you for the traffic.


9:37:44 – GOFER06: Okay, zero eight zero, GOFER zero six it’s…


9:37:47 – ATC: Dulles, I’m keeping GOFER eight six, uh, zero six with me for a while.


>ATC interacts with another flight<


9:38:23 – GOFER06: Washington, this is GOFER zero six.


9:38:25 – ATC: GOFER zero six, go ahead.

9:38:26 – GOFER06: [?] … aircraft is down, he’s in our [a?] twelve o’clock position, looks like it’s just a, uh, north, west of the airfield at this time sir.


9:38:36 – ATC: GOFER eight [sic] six, thank you, descend and maintain two thousand


9:38:39 – GOFER06: Okay, we’re down to two thousand

9:38:53 – GOFER06: And uh, this is GOFER zero six, it looks like that aircraft crashed into the Pentagon, sir.

9:38:59 – ATC: GOFER eight [sic] six, GOFER zero six, thank you.


Barry Faust (mp3 dowmload):Officer Barry Faust: Delta three-fifty-two. Delta three-fifty-two.Dispatcher Kyra Pulliam: Yes three-fifty-two.


Faust: I think we’ve just had an airplane crash, east of here, it must be in the District area.

Pulliam: OK.

Officer Richard Cox: Four-ten. It’s an American Airlines plane, headed east down over the Pike, possibly toward the Pentagon.

Steve Anderson:Shortly after watching the second tragedy, I heard jet engines pass our building, which, being so close to the airport is very common. But I thought the airport was closed. I figured it was a plane coming in for landing. A few moments later, as I was looking down at my desk, the plane caught my eye. It didn’t register at first. I thought to myself that I couldn’t believe the pilot was flying so low. Then it dawned on me what was about to happen. I watched in horror as the plane flew at treetop level, banked slightly to the left, drug it’s wing along the ground and slammed into the west wall of the Pentagon exploding into a giant orange fireball. Then black smoke. Then white smoke. Deb Anlauf:


Anlauf was watching TV coverage of the Trade Center burning shortly before 9:30 a.m. when she decided to return to her 14th-floor room from another part of the hotel. Once in her room, she heard a “loud roar” and looked out the window to see what was going on. “Suddenly I saw this plane right outside my window,” Anlauf said during a telephone interview from her hotel room this morning. “You felt like you could touch it; it was that close. It was just incredible. “Then it shot straight across from where we are and flew right into the Pentagon. It was just this huge fireball that crashed into the wall (of the Pentagon). When it hit, the whole hotel shook.”


Arlington police transmission:


Motor 11: There is visible smoke coming from that area…high, visible smoke.
Dispatcher: Motor 11 direct.
Motor 14: Motor 14, it was an American Airlines plane, uh, headed eastbound over the Pike (Columbia Pike highway), possibly toward the Pentagon.
Dispatcher: 10-4. Cruiser 50 direct.


David Battle:


Earlier Tuesday, Battle, an office worker at the Pentagon, was standing outside the building and just about to enter when the aircraft struck. “It was coming down head first,” he said. “And when the impact hit, the cars and everything were just shaking.”

Gary Bauer:


I had just passed the closest place the Pentagon is to the exit on 395 . . . when all of a sudden I heard the roar of a jet engine. I looked at the woman sitting in the car next to me. She had this startled look on her face. We were all thinking the same thing. We looked out the front of our windows to try to see the plane, and it wasn’t until a few seconds later that we realized the jet was coming up behind us on that major highway. And it veered to the right into the Pentagon. The blast literally rocked all of our cars. It was an incredible moment.


Maurice Bease:

Sergeant Maurice L. Bease had worked around Marine aviation long enough to know what a fly-by was, and it sounded like one as he stood outside his office near the Pentagon on Sept. 11. Turning around expecting to see a fighter jet fly over, he saw only a split-second glimpse of a white commercial airliner streaking low toward the building, and him! He did not even have time to duck before it plowed into the side of the Pentagon around the corner and about 200 yards from where he stood. Immediately, a ball of flame shot up the side of the building, followed by smoke, lots of it.


Paul Begala:

Paul Begala, a Democratic consultant, said he witnessed an explosion near the Pentagon. “It was a huge fireball, a huge, orange fireball,” he said in an interview on his mobile phone.


Mickey Bell:

Bell, who had been less than 100 feet from the initial impact of the plane, was nearly struck by one of the plane´s wings as it sped by him. In shock, he got into his truck, which had been parked in the trailer compound, and sped away. He wandered around Arlington in his truck and tried to make wireless phone calls. He ended up back at Singleton´s headquarters in Gaithersburg two hours later, according to President Singleton, not remembering much. The full impact of the closeness of the crash wasn´t realized until coworkers noticed damage to Bell´s work vehicle. He had plastic and rivets from an airplane imbedded in its sheet metal, but Bell had no idea what had happened.





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