Crashed into the Pentagon

1. Khalid Almihdhar: Possible Saudi national, possible resident of San Diego, Calif., and New York. Aliases: Sannan Al-Makki; Khalid Bin Muhammad; 'Addallah Al-Mihdhar; Khalid Mohammad Al-Saqaf.


May be an assumed name; there are reports he is still alive [CNN]

Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they were exploring several possibilities. One was that al-Midhar never entered the country and his name was simply used as an alias by one of the hijackers who died. Another possibility was that he allowed his name to be used on the flight by another hijacker, so that U.S. officials might assume he died, giving him time to escape the country. A third was that he did in fact die in the crash as a hijacker. [Guardian]

Badr Mohammed H. Hazmi, a San Antonio radiologist under arrest as a material witness, has used the alias of Khalid Al-Midhar, who is listed by the FBI as a hijacker on the flight that struck the Pentagon, according to documents distributed to law enforcement agencies. [Washington Post]

Three pictures of Almihdhar shown by the media

Eight days after the planes went down, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. distributed a "special alert" to its member banks asking for information about 21 "alleged suspects" in the attacks. The list said "Al-Midhar, Khalid Alive," raising the possibility that the real Almihdhar never died on the plane. But one Justice Department official called the listing a "typo." [Cox News Service]

While the FBI's confusion over Arabic names and identities was largely ignored in the American press, each blunder has made huge news in Saudi Arabia, casting doubt on U.S. intentions and convincing many Saudis that their country has been slandered.

"I want to think all this is a mistake," said a bewildered Khalid al-Mihammadi, 24, a computer programmer from Mecca who was named wrongfully in an early list of hijackers released by the U.S. Justice Department. "We are America's friends, and they do this to us. It isn't fair."

Al-Mihammadi, who spent nine months studying English in the U.S., said he was watching television at home when shaken friends saw his photograph on the news and began to call to see if he was still alive. [Chicago Tribune]

2. Majed Moqed: Possible Saudi national. Aliases: Majed M. GH Moqed; Majed Moqed, Majed Mashaan Moqed.

Moqed FBI Photo

Moqed ATM Photo: 9-5-2001

A "Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Student Identity Card" was found in the rubble at the Pentagon with Moqed's name on it. Forensic examination indicated that it may have been fraudulent.
[9/11 Commission]

See also: Photographic Evidence Showing Ziad Jarrah Was Not a 9/11 Hijacker

3. Salem Alhazmi: Possible Saudi national, possible resident of Fort Lee, N.J., or Wayne, N.J.

Named on the 2001 bin Laden video tape.


May be a stolen identity [CNN]

The real Salem Al-Hazmi, however, is alive and indignant in Saudi Arabia, and not one of the people who perished in the American Airlines flight that crashed on the Pentagon. He works at a government-owned petroleum and chemical plant in the city of Yanbu. He said yesterday he had not left Saudi Arabia for two years, but that his passport had been stolen by a pickpocket in Cairo three years ago. [Guardian]

4. Nawaf Alhazmi: Possible Saudi national, possible resident of Fort Lee, N.J.; Wayne, N.J.; San Diego, Calif. Aliases: Nawaf Al-Hazmi; Nawaf Al Hazmi; Nawaf M.S. Al Hazmi.

5. Hani Hanjour: Possible resident of Phoenix and San Diego. Aliases: Hani Saleh Hanjour; Hani Saleh; Hani Saleh H. Hanjour.

Hanjour FBI Photo

Hanjour ATM Photo: 9-5-2001

Hanjour was the only suspect on Flight 77 the FBI listed as a pilot

"I'm still to this day amazed that he could have flown into the Pentagon," the former [Flight Academy] employee said. "He could not fly at all." [Full details]

On Sepember 16 it was reported that Hanjour's name was not on the passenger manifest of Flight 77 because he may not have had a ticket. [Washington Post]

  • How was Hanjour able to board the plane if he didn't have his name on the manifest or a ticket?

  • If Hanjour's name wasn't on the manifest and he didn't have a ticket there can be no record whatsoever of Hanjour boarding Flight 77, so how did the FBI know he was on the plane?

An explanation may lie in a "Mosear Caned" who was originally listed as a hijacker. Maybe he was scapegoated to be the pilot of Flight 77 but turned up alive, thus forcing a rapid rethink of who piloted the plane - Hanjour was his replacement.

One of the hijackers aboard the plane that crashed into the Pentagon was stopped for speeding within a few miles of the military headquarters six weeks before the attack, police confirmed Tuesday. Hani Hanjour, who is believed to have piloted the hijacked plane into the Pentagon, was ticketed Aug. 1 for driving 55 mph in a 30 mph zone in the 1800 block of South George Mason Drive, Arlington, Va., police said. Three weeks after the stop, Hanjour mailed in a money order to pay a $70 fine and $30 in court costs, Arlington General District Court Clerk Kimberly Reazey said Tuesday. [Washington Post]

Why did Hanjour pay a speeding fine three weeks before a planned suicide mission?

Flight 77 passenger manifest

See also:

There were no Arabs on Flight 77
Forthcoming 9/11 Hijacker Videos
The Pod People and the Plane That Crashed Into the Pentagon
At Least 7 of the 9/11 Hijackers are Still Alive


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