Thursday, February 25, 2010
the first video images of American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the military headquarters building and killing 189 people in the Sept. 11, 2001
made public in response to a December 2004 Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch, a public interest group.
Traveling at an estimated 530 mph, the hijacked plane plowed into the southwest side of the Pentagon at 9:38 a.m. EDT
that a novice pilot who could barely fly a Piper Cub handled a complex passenger jet over hundreds of miles of tightly protected airspace, the last 50 miles the most secure in the world, executed a complicated 270-degree turn while simultaneously dropping thousands of feet, and finally skimmed in at ground level to hit the backside of the Pentagon farthest from important people such as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld