What is known
is: a Boeing 757, American Airlines Flight 77, which
that had departed from Dulles International airport
in Virginia en route to Los Angeles at 8:20 AM, turned
off its transponders at 9:02 AM, and at 9:38 AM crashed
into the Pentagon. The FBI determined the identities
used by five hijackers.
There were no communications whatsoever
with the 2 airline pilots after they climbed to their
cruising altitude at 8:50 am. There were no May day
signals or sounds of a struggle. There were no reports
from fight attendants. There were voice recorders, bodies
or other evidence recovered from the debris. So what
we know is based on a single passenger's report.
Barbara Olson, seated in the rear cabin,
used her cell phone to twice call her husband, Theodore
Olson, the Solicitor General of the United States. According
to Solicitor General Olson, she said that the plane
had been hijacked, all the passengers were in the back
of the plane and that the hijackers in this section
had knives and cardboard cutters (or box cutters).
Here is what we do not know:
1)How did the fifth hijacker get aboard?
The FBI found tickets and reservations for four hijackers.
The fifth hijacker, Hani Hanjour, according to the
Washington Post, was not on the flight manifest. There
is also no record of a reservation or ticket. If so,
how did he get aboard?
2) What weapons did they hijackers have?
Olson reports the hijackers in rear cabin had knives
and box-cutters. But the weaponry of the hijackers
in the cockpit is not described. They could have had
chemical weapons, guns or bombs for all any one knows.*
3) How did these get these weapons through security
at Dulles International Airport?
Four of the hijackers had reservations and tickets
and presumably went through the security screening
at Dulles. It is not clear where the fifth hijacker,
Hani Hanjour, boarded.
4) How did the hijackers gain entry to the cockpits?
None of the pilots had the opportunity to sound a May
Day alert or scream. How did the hijackers get through
the supposedly locked so as not to alert the pilots?
5) How did the hijackers immobilize the pilots without
causing the planes to swerve out of control? The pilots
are strapped by harnesses into their seats and have
microphones connecting them to ground controllers. How
did the hijackers managed to get the pilots out of their
seats and take over the controls?
6) Was the planes on auto pilot? If so, how did the
hijackers determine this prior to the attack?