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Flight 77

American Airlines Flight 77 is the plane that is supposed to have hit the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001. Flight 77, with 58 passengers and a flight crew of four, was a 757-200 on a scheduled flight from Dulles to Los Angeles.

It took off at 8:20 AM, ten minutes after its scheduled departure time. At 8:46 the plane veered severely off course, a deviation indicated in a USATODAY.com graphic as semicircular loop to the north, ten miles in radius. Reports indicate communications from the pilots at 8:50, four minutes after the reported deviation. According to the Boston Globe, the transponder was shut off at 8:56, after which the plane reversed direction and began flying back toward the capital. With its transponder off, air traffic controllers and NORAD were still able to track the jet using radar.

Flight 77's Passengers

Given the evidence that the Pentagon was not hit by a jetliner, speculation on the fate of Flight 77 has flourished.

s u m m a r y
title: The unusual Passengers of Flight 77...
author: killtown
Provides bios on all of the crew and passengers of Flight 77. It is striking how many of the passengers are either ex-military or CEOs of companies with Pentagon contracts.
s u m m a r y
title: Pentagon Cadavers Meet The 'Bone Guys'
authors: Carol A. Valentine
In this article Valentine points out that two forensic anthropologists who were hired to identify the corpses from Flight 77, Drs. Douglas Owsley and Douglas Ubelaker, were also involved in the cover-up surrounding the attack against the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.

The apparent oddities of Flight 77's passenger list and the lack of a transparent accounting for their remains, along with actions by authorities to suppress the evidence of the attack, such as the FBI's seizure of video recordings from nearby businesses, has helped to fuel the theory that the plane that crashed into the Pentagon was not Flight 77. Few realize that those covering up the crime have very likely hidden and destroyed evidence confirming true aspects of the official story in order to draw attention away from its false aspects.

Flight 77's Pilots

The pilot of Flight 77 was Chic Burlingame, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who flew F-4s for the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. According to Col. Donn de Grand Pri, would-be hijackers had no chance of seizing control of the plane from this experienced veteran. Such a pilot could have easily disabled any would-be hijackers by simply rolling the plane.

Yet, according to Ted Olson, the U.S. Solicitor General, whose wife was on Flight 77, the flight crew had surrendered to the hijackers. (According to Olson, his wife Barbara called from the plane and asked what she should tell the pilots.) According to the official story, Khalid Almihdhar was the hijacker to have piloted Flight 77. But when reports in Arab newspapers indicated that he was still alive after 9/11, the story was changed to make Hani Hanjour the pilot.

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The flight path of Flight 77 according to the 9/11 Commission
Flight 77 was a Boeing 757-200.