At 9:37 a.m. on September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon at more than 500 miles an hour, tearing a jagged gash into the building’s western facade. In less than a second, the plane plowed through four of the Pentagon’s five rings, killing 189 people and injuring hundreds more. The sight of a smoldering wound in the side of the Pentagon became an instant symbol of an America made suddenly and shockingly vulnerable.
Video Preview: “Politician Panic” — Only moments after the bombing of the World Trade Center, DC churns with panicky energy.
Don’t miss “Witness: DC 9/11“ premiering Monday, August 6th at 10P et/pt.