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9/11 attack on Pentagon: FBI releases unseen, rare images on official website

01 April 2017

Photos taken after the attack on the Pentagon on 11 September 2001 have reappeared on the FBI's website six years after they were first released.

They depict the devastation and wreckage of American Airlines Flight 77, which was hijacked by al-Qaida terrorists and crashed into U.S. Department of Defense headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, at 9:37 a.m. ET on that fateful morning.

Another image of smoke and flames billowing out of the Pentagon after the terror attack.

All 59 passengers and crew on board were also killed along with the five terrorists.

The scorched interior of the Pentagon.

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The flight had departed from Dulles International Airport and was heading to Los Angeles.

Though the death toll was significant, the devastation could have been much worse.

Workers scrape through the debris left behind in the ravaged west wing of the Pentagon.

An aerial view of the Pentagon's damaged section after the 9/11 terrorist attack.

The images appear to show emergency services battling to control the blaze, as well as recovery teams and investigators searching the rubble. In all, 2,996 people were killed in the attacks; two other planes were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City and a fourth plane, headed for Washington DC, crashed into a field.

9/11 attack on Pentagon: FBI releases unseen, rare images on official website