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Damaged Pentagon building from the air
The Pentagon building in Washington, D.C. was hit by an airplane

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Attack on the United States
September 11, 2001

The attack was not over. At 8:21 a.m. American Flight 77 departed Dulles International Airport, just outside Washington, D.C., for Los Angeles. At 9:41 a.m., this plane crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, which is just across the Potomac River from Washington and the White House.

United Flight 93 had left Newark, N.J., for San Francisco, California, at 8:41 a.m. As news of the Pentagon attack became known, it was clear that one more flight was in trouble. Flight 93 suddenly made a sharp U-turn over Cleveland, Ohio, and started flying east toward Washington. Passengers had learned via cell phone about what happened in New York and at the Pentagon. Believing that their plane was destined for Washington with the White House as its target, several passengers decided to overpower the hijackers who were trying to take over the plane. At 10:07 a.m., the plane crashed in a field 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after a valiant struggle.

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