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FBI photos show Pentagon during wake of 9/11

12:30, Saturday, 01 April, 2017
FBI photos show Pentagon during wake of 9/11

FBI images of the Pentagon in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, have resurfaced years after they were first released.

The photographs show the devastation caused after American Airlines flight 77 into the side of the building, killing 184 people - including all 59 passengers and crew on board.

Images show first responders battling stubborn blazes at the complex, debris from the plane's fuselage and haunting images from the scorched interior of the Arlington, Virginia landmark.The airliner’s wings clipped off light poles before hitting into the western side of the building at the first-floor level. The jet ripped a hole in the structure that extended more than 100 yards into the building. It took firefighters days to fully extinguish the blaze.

Luckily, the plane struck a portion of the building that was under renovation and relatively empty. If it had struck another side or happened after the renovations were completed, the death toll would have been significantly higher, experts said at the time.

One haunting image shows a fireman holding the US stars and stripes flag in the gutted building while others survey the devastation.

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