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Flight 77 not a hoax
May 18, 2006

WASHINGTON: Two videos showing an American Airlines jet hitting the Pentagon have finally been released by the US Government in an attempt to quash lingering conspiracy theories about the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The new videos are from security cameras overlooking a boom gate near the western wall of the Pentagon.

Previously released images from one camera showed a fireball erupting from the Pentagon, but no footage of the Boeing 757 striking the building were made public until yesterday.

But the images are so grainy they will do little to quell the conspiracy theories that there was no plane but a missile or other explosion that day.

Debra Burlingame, whose brother Charles was the pilot of the plane, questioned the length of time it took to release the images and said they provided no new information.

American Airlines Flight 77 appears as a blurred white object just below the horizon about 90 seconds into the three-minute tapes.

The plane was travelling about 640km/h at the time of impact and is in just two frames of each tape.

The cameras point into the sun and the wall of the Pentagon is in shadow but the video clearly shows the nose and then the fuselage of Flight 77 hurtling just above the ground.

The third frame shows the fireball and the rest of the video billowing smoke and Pentagon police officers running to and from the impact area.

Evidence in the 9/11 Commission Report said Flight 77 was flying so low it clipped several light posts and hit a generator before it hit the Pentagon.

A group called Judicial Watch had tried since December 2002 to get the tapes from the Department of Defence.

"We fought hard to obtain this video," Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said.

"Finally, we hope that video will put to rest the conspiracy theories."

The refusal to release the tapes fed bizarre theories about Flight 77. Some websites said Flight 77 was a hoax.

Conspiracy theorists like actor Charlie Sheen favoured "evidence" like missing tape, grainy video and limited damage to the Pentagon over witness accounts of the plane strike, the fact an airliner with 59 passengers and crew was missing and the grief of families and friends of the dead.

Authorities said they couldn't release the tapes as they were part of the US Government's case against September 11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui.

Moussaoui's conviction early in the month enabled the tapes' release, the US Justice Department said yesterday.

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