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AA 77 takes off

Part of 9-11

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAmerican Airlines Flight 77 Hijackers
Other Organization9-11 plotters
Other OrganizationAl-Qaeda
LocationWashington Dulles International Airport, IAD, Dulles, Virginia, United States
Time0820 local, Sept. 11, 20011
ParticipantsHani Hanjour, Nawaf al-Hazmi, Khalid al-Mihdhar, Salem al-Hazmi, Majed Moqed
Narrative and Notes
ReliableAmerican 77, a Boeing 757, departed Dulles International Airport in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., bound for Los Angeles International Airport. The plane pushed back from its gate at 8:09 p.m. and got off the ground at 8:20 p.m., 10 minutes after its scheduled departure.

On board were Captain Charles F. Burlingame, First Officer David Charlebois, four flight attendants, and 58 passengers, including the five terrorists.

Moqed and al-Mihdhar sat in 12A and 12B in coach; Hani Hanjour sat in 1B in first class, and Nawaf and Salim al-Hazmi sat in 5E and 5F, also in the first-class cabin.

At 8:46 a.m., the plane reached its cruising altitude of 35,000 feet. At 8:51, the plane sent its last routine radio transmission. The hijacking began soon after.1
1The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 1.1.
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