A worker sets up a portable generator near the Western ring of the Pentagon Building hours after American Airlines Fight 77 was piloted by terrorists into the building, during the September 11, 2001 attacks
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
State: District Of Columbia (DC)
Country: United States Of America (USA)
Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Jim Watson, USN
Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files
According to the official 9/11 Commission Report, the Flight 77 was 5 miles (8.0 km) west-southwest of the Pentagon when, it made a 330-degree turn. At the end of the turn, it was descending through 2,200 feet (670 m), pointed toward the Pentagon and downtown Washington. Boeing 757-223, flying at 530 mph over the Navy Annex Building adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery, crashed into the western side of the Pentagon. The plane hit the Pentagon at the first-floor level, and at the moment of impact, the airplane was rolled slightly to the left, with the right wing elevated. The front part of the fuselage disintegrated on impact, while the mid and tail sections moved for another fraction of a second, with tail section debris penetrating furthest into the building. In all, the airplane took eight-tenths of a second to fully penetrate 310 feet (94 m) into the three outermost of the building's five rings and unleashed a fireball that rose 200 feet (61 m) above the building.