FOX NEWS: Photos Show Plane Hitting Pentagon on Sept. 11

Patt Latham
Fri Mar 8 00:51:07 2002

Someone must be monitoring your site. Today for the first time, The
Pentagon has felt it had to show pictures of a plane ramming their

I taped it, as Wolf Blitzer was showing Jamie McIntire's Pentagon
pictures allegedly taken off a Pentagon camera.
I put it on slow motion and saw no plane. Not only that, it has been
'messed' with. It shows clips. It looks like 3 clips. The same pictures,
or shots with Jamie McIntire were shown next on the Moneyline show. The
same questions asked with the same answers. Jamie pointing to where
you're supposed to see a plane coming along the ground about 2 feet
above the ground before it hits the Pentagon. I have yet to see a plane.
If there is one, there certainly is not a passenger plane. What it looks
like to me is a release of material before an explosion. Like the
pressure couldn't hold it any more and spewed it out. This film must
have just been doctored for our use. There is no plane in the film.
There is not even a resemblance of a plane. There only remains the lie.

Patt Latham

Photos Show Plane Hitting Pentagon on Sept. 11

Thursday, March 07, 2002

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government on Thursday released a series of photos showing the moment the hijacked American Airlines plane slammed into the Pentagon last Sept. 11.


The photos were taken by a surveillance camera positioned north of the section of the Pentagon destroyed by the impact and the resulting explosion and fire.

The images cover a span of four one-hundredths of a second. The first photo shows a small, blurry white object near the upper right corner — possibly the plane just a few feet above the ground. The second shows a white glow immediately after the impact. In the three remaining photos, a mountain of orange fire and black smoke rises above the building.

The photographs were not officially released by the Pentagon, but officials said the images were authentic and had been provided to law enforcement officials investigating the attack. The photographs were obtained Thursday by The Associated Press and other news organizations.

Officials could not immediately explain why the date typed near the bottom of each photograph is Sept. 12 and the time is written as 5:37 p.m. The attack happened at about 9:37 a.m. on Sept. 11. Officials said it was possible that the date and time were added the day after the attack when they may have been catalogued for investigative purposes.

Workers May Have Pentagon Repaired by Sept. 11 Next Year

Workers are rebuilding the Pentagon so quickly that by Sept. 11, Defense Department employees may be working at the spot where a hijacked airliner crashed into the building a year earlier.



"We want them sitting at their desks, doing their work" on the anniversary of the attack, said Walker Lee Evey, program manager of the restoration project.

The back-in-business symbolism of that image inspires hundreds of workers laboring long hours to restore the Pentagon's western flank and the offices inside. So far, the project is months ahead of schedule, Evey said.

"They have tremendous motivation," Evey said Thursday. "Some lost family members" in the crash."

"The Phoenix Project" is already rising fast, but Evey is careful to say that the work will be far from finished by the tragedy's anniversary.

Unlike the outermost "E Ring," home to the offices of the most senior Defense Department employees, the "C" and "D" rings that also were damaged will likely not be completed by Sept. 11, he said.

That could happen as early as next year, when the new facade will blend seamlessly with the original, near an outdoor memorial planned by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Evidence of recovery has edged out signs of disaster.



Gone from the western flank is the jagged hole of blackened concrete ripped open by a rogue jetliner traveling 350 mph, six feet above the ground. In its place is a 100-yard-wide rectangular gap partly filled with five stories of floors in various states of construction. Looming overhead are two 140-foot-tall cranes.

Pentagon officials did not predict such quick progress given the damage and the unique challenges facing rebuilders of the massive building.

American Airlines Flight 77 and its 20,000 gallons of fuel spread destruction, fire and death over 2 million square feet, killing 189 people in the plane and on the ground.

The fire was so hot, Evey said, that it turned window glass to liquid and sent it spilling down walls into puddles on the ground. The impact cracked massive concrete columns far beyond the impact site, destabilizing a broader section of the building than contractors had originally thought.

Several challenges confronted the contractors. Poisonous mold in kaleidoscopic colors climbed the interior walls, fed by millions of gallons of water that had been sprayed at the fire over two days. Gloved, gas-masked workers pumped hot, dry air trough the windows to remove it.

New security measures — from fortifying the structure's windows and walls to improving air flow, sprinklers and escape routes — drove up the price from around $700 million to about $740 million, Evey said.

And a few employees faced, then cleared, the more personal hurdle of putting a grinding sadness behind them and digging into the renovation.



"Sept. 11 was Sept. 11; It's in the past," Evey said. "Our eyes are all on the future."

A month and a day after demolition began on Oct. 18, workers had cleared a huge rectangular hole down to the concrete floor four weeks ahead of schedule. They filled spiral support columns with concrete to strengthen the structure against future attacks. Workers are now completing the fifth and final floor and preparing to begin work making the new exterior walls match the originals, Evey said.

Of the 4,600 Pentagon workers who were displaced by the attack, some 1,500 are back in their offices while others work elsewhere in the Pentagon or in rented space.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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