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Check Six – 2001: 9/11 Attack on the Pentagon

September 11, 2020
A flower decorates a memorial dedicated to people who died during the 9/11 terror attack on the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Mike Tsukamoto.

On September 11, 2001, America suffered a terrorist attack in New York when two aircraft flew into the World Trade Center towers. The attack caused the deaths of 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area. Additional people have died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks.

A third aircraft, American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, which led to a partial collapse of the building’s west side. All 59 passengers on the flight were killed.

The terrorist attack at the Pentagon on 9/11 was the first deadliest foreign attack on Washington, D.C. since the burning of the U.S. capital by the British during the War of 1812.

On the ground, 125 people working at the Pentagon were killed, most of whom worked for the United States Army or the United States Navy. Of those 125 deaths, 70 were civilians – 47 Army employees, six Army contractors, six Navy employees, three Navy contractors, seven Defense Intelligence Agency employees, and one Office of the Secretary of Defense contractor – and 55 were members of the United States Armed Forces – 33 Navy sailors and 22 Army soldiers. Lieutenant General Timothy Maude, an Army Deputy Chief of Staff, was the highest-ranking military official killed at the Pentagon.

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