9/11 Pentagon Attack Videos & Photos to Remember

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Getty The Pentagon in Washington, DC following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Images from September 11, 2001, including the Pentagon attack, are seared into the minds of many Americans, and photos and videos capture the urgency and raw emotion from the time.

Few will ever forget the image of the smoldering World Trade Center Tower 1 or the shock felt by the nation as a second plane smashed into the World Trade Center Tower 2, caught live on newscasts.

Those attacks left 2,606 people dead. That huge death toll sometimes overshadows the horrifying attacks at the Pentagon, and the heroic stories of those killed in Flight 93 as passengers and crew members fought back against the terrorists. The crash left a crater in a field of rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in the southwestern part of the state. The field now holds the Flight 93 Memorial, which includes a memorial to each of the 40 passengers and crew members who thwarted an attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Between the time of the attacks on the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m., and the Flight 93 crash at 10:03 a.m., radio transmissions alerted that American Airlines Flight 77 was headed toward the White House. The plane crashed into the western facade of the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m., killing 184 people.

Here’s what you need to know:


CBS News Journalists Express Shock as Smoke Emanates From the Pentagon

09.11.01: The Pentagon is hitBryant Gumbel and Dan Rather report on the attack on the Pentagon and the latest developments at the World Trade Center. (This report was from a DVD included with the tenth anniversary edition of the CBS News/Simon & Schuster book, "What We Saw: The Events of September 11, 2001, in Words, Pictures, and Video.")2011-08-30T14:57:25.000Z

Reporters from CBS News struggled to fathom what they were seeing as dark plumes of smoke tumbled from a gaping hole in the Pentagon the morning of September 11, 2001.

“Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness,” reporter Bryant Gumbel said as a live picture of the Pentagon was displayed on the air. “We’re looking at a live picture from Washington and there is smoke pouring out of the Pentagon. It would appear that there has been another major explosion, this one in the nation’s capital.”


Security Video Shows the Plane Hitting the Pentagon

Security video of plane hitting Pentagon released, adds, S'bite from Judicial WatchUS Department of Defence FILE: Arlington, 11 September 2001 ++MUTE++ 1. Security camera view of plane smashing into Pentagon 2. Second security camera view of plane smashing into Pentagon AP Television FILE: Arlington, 11 September 2001 3. Plumes of smoke rising from Pentagon, AUDIO of sirens AP Television Washington, DC, 16 May 2006 4. Tom Fenton of Judicial Watch arriving for interview 5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch: "Well, hopefully it will put to rest some of the conspiracy theories about September 11th. Also, it's important that there be a complete record for history. Also, it's a reminder about the terrible nature of the terrorist threat we face as a country." AP Television FILE: Arlington, 11 September 2001 6. Emergency vehicles arriving at Pentagon, thick, black smoke and fire at site AP Television Washington, DC, 16 May 2006 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch: "Well, it's important for people to understand that Flight 77 was used as a weapon against the Pentagon and many, many people died. The suggestion has been that our government was involved in that and hopefully this video puts all that to rest." AP Television FILE: Arlington, 11 September 2001 8. Emergency vehicles rushing towards Pentagon, AUDIO of sirens 9. Black smoke rising from burning building, people evacuating STORYLINE: The US Defence Department on Tuesday released the first video images of American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the Pentagon on 11 September 2001. The images, recorded by Pentagon security cameras outside the building, were made public in response to a December 2004 Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch, a public interest group. Some still images from the video had previously been leaked and publicly circulated, but this was the first official release. The aeroplane is a thin white blur on the video as it hits the Pentagon at ground level. Almost instantly, a white flash and a huge orange fireball appear on the video, followed by a tower of grey-black smoke. Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, says the organisation fought for the video to be released because they thought it was important to complete the public record of the attacks. "Also, it's a reminder about the terrible nature of the terrorist threat we face as a country," he added. He also said he hoped the video would put an end to conspiracy theories that the US government was somehow involved in the attacks. Travelling at an estimated 350 miles per hour (560 kilometres per hour), the hijacked American Airlines plane ploughed into the southwest side of the Pentagon at mid-morning, shortly after two other hijacked airlines were flown into the Twin Towers at the World Trade Centre in New York. The attack set off fires in part of the Pentagon and killed 125 people inside, in addition to the 59 passengers and crew and the five men who hijacked the plane at Dulles International Airport. According to a Pentagon spokeswoman, families of the victims of the Pentagon attack were not consulted before the videos were released on the Pentagon's web site. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/d61b3d084b4cfb642542e46c6d341aa6 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork2015-07-28T10:20:45.000Z

According to History.com, 125 people died inside the Pentagon plus all 64 passengers onboard the hijacked airplane, including the five hijackers.

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A 200-foot gash exposes interior sections of the Pentagon following a suspected terrorist crash of a hijacked commercial airliner into the Pentagon September 11, 2001 in Arlington, VA.

The design of the building was credited with preventing an even higher death toll. The attack on the Pentagon created a life-and-death struggle for some of the workers trapped in the wreckage, and it ended the lives of the plane’s passengers.


First Responders & Air Traffic Controllers Deal With Flight 77

AS IT HAPPENED – The 9/11 Pentagon AttackOn September 11th, at 9:37 a.m., live audio from Air Traffic Control and 911 First Responders were recorded as the event at the Pentagon unfolded. It is now the soundtrack for this intense revisit to that fateful day. Follow American Airlines Flight 77 as it veers off course, tracked by ATC toward its deadly collision with the Pentagon. Listen and watch as 911 First Responders race to the scene. It's a moment in American History that will never be forgotten. For more on the Department of Defense, visit: http://www.defense.gov Like DoD on Facebook: http://facebook.com/DeptofDefense Follow DoD on Twitter: http://twitter.com/DeptofDefense Follow DoD on Instagram: http://instagram.com/DeptofDefense2016-09-08T18:42:31.000Z

Another video, which you can watch here, includes audio from first responders and air traffic control as Flight 77 diverted from its path to California and headed toward Washington, DC

“We’re tracking a fast-moving primary heading towards the White House. The White House has been advised,” a man said on the video.

394262 03: Smoke comes out from the west wing of the Pentagon building September 11, 2001 in Arlington, Va., after a plane crashed into the building and set off a huge explosion. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“It looks like it went into the Pentagon,” another man said.


A Priest Who Witnessed the Attack Describes What He Saw

This Priest Witnessed the 9/11 Pentagon Plane CrashFather Stephen McGraw has just witnessed Flight 77 crash into the west wall of the Pentagon. Amid the chaos and confusion, and with no concern for his safety, he leaves his car and rushes over to help. From the Series: Air Disasters: The Pentagon Attack http://bit.ly/2CuFClN2018-01-02T21:06:12.000Z

A priest who witnessed the 9/11 crash into the Pentagon spoke to the Smithsonian Channel about what he saw. You can watch the video here.

Father Stephan McGraw was sitting on the freeway stuck in traffic when he felt the vibrations and rush of air as the plane flew low over his car.

“There was the overwhelming sense of something coming over the tops of our cars,” he said.

The plane was flying so low that it clipped a light pole, he said. He turned right, and saw the plane crash into the Pentagon.

“There were these two huge billows of fire that came out of the two top windows of the Pentagon and the fireballs just kind of billowed out,” he said.

He rushed to the wreckage and prayed with a badly wounded man.


Photos of the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 Show Gaping Hole In The Pentagon & First Responders Rushing to Help

394262 10: With the Washington Monument in the background, a hole gapes in the Pentagon after a plane crashed into the building September11, 2001 in a suspected terrorist act in Arlington, VA. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The 9/11 attack on the Pentagon left a 90-foot hole in the Pentagon’s western facade and caused a huge fire.

394262 04: Pentagon workers watch the building burn after a plane crashed into it September11, 2001 in Arlington VA. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

With the building evacuated, Pentagon survivors stood in a field and watched in horror as crews treated the injured and worked to extinguish a fire.

394262 03: Two men look at the Pentagon after a plane had crashed into the building September11, 2001 in Arlington VA. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon sent dark plumes of smoke drifting into the sky, which could be seen throughout the nation’s capital.

394276 08: Recue workers and Pentagon personnel attend to the wounded outisde the Pentagon after a hijacked plane crashed into the building September 11, 2001 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Whitesell/Getty Images)

First responders, along with members of the Pentagon, tended to the injured after the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon.

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