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Video does not show missile hitting the Pentagon on 9/11

September 11, 2020 GMT

CLAIM: Video shows footage of a missile hitting the Pentagon on 9/11. 

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The video shows American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, not a missile. 

THE FACTS: Conspiracy accounts on Twitter began recirculating the false claim with the video on Monday ahead of the 9/11 anniversary. The false claim had previously spread with other conspiracy theories in the years following the attacks. 

Pentagon security cameras outside the building captured the plane crashing into the building. The plane is barely visible as it hits the building and an explosion erupts. The security camera footage was made public after a conservative group, Judicial Watch, filed a Freedom of Information request seeking it in December 2004. 

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The Associated Press reported on the footage released in 2006, saying that the plane can be seen as a “thin white blur” before it plows into the Pentagon at ground level. At the time, Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch told the AP that he hoped the video would end conspiracy theories that the U.S. government was involved in the attack. 

On Sept. 11, 2001, the hijacked American Airlines plane struck the southwest side of the Pentagon about 9:45 a.m. after two other hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center towers. The Pentagon attack killed 125 people in the building and the 59 passengers and crew on board the airplane.

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