Point Pent-3: The Claim Regarding Hani Hanjour as Flight 77 Pilot

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The Official Account

The 911 Commission Report holds that American Flight 77, a Boeing 757, was flown by al-Qaeda pilot Hani Hanjour into the Pentagon. [1] After disengaging the autopilot, he executed a 330-degree downward spiral through 7000 feet in about three minutes, then flew into Wedge 1 of the Pentagon between the first and second floors at 530 mph.

The Best Evidence
Several former airliner pilots have stated that Hanjour could not possibly have maneuvered a large airliner through the trajectory allegedly taken by Flight 77 and then hit the Pentagon between the first and second floors without touching the lawn. [2]

Russ Wittenberg, who flew large commercial airliners for 35 years after serving in Vietnam as a fighter pilot, says it would have been “totally impossible for an amateur who couldn’t even fly a Cessna” to have flown that downward spiral and then “crash into the Pentagon’s first floor wall without touching the lawn.” [3]

Ralph Omholt, a former 757 pilot, said: “The idea that an unskilled pilot could have flown this trajectory is simply too ridiculous to consider.”

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References for Point Pent-3
The 9/11 Commission Report (2004), pp. 225, 334.

National Transportation Safety Board, “Flight Path Study – American Airlines Flight 77” (February 19, 2002). The NTSB video is available on YouTube.

See statements by Cmdr. Ted Muga and Cmdr. Ralph Kolstad at Patriots Question 9/11, where Pilots and Aviation Professionals and “Senior Military, Intelligence, Law Enforcement, and Government Officials Question the 9/11 Commission Report


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