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Hani Hanjour

9-11 Suicide Hijacker Pilot

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Details
ImportanceMedium
Means of DeathSuicide Hijacker
Date of DeathSept. 11, 2001
Location of DeathArlington, Virginia, United States
Affiliation9-11 plotters
RolePilot
SupervisorMohamed Atta
AffiliationAmerican Airlines Flight 77 Hijackers
AffiliationAl-Qaeda
Full Given NameHani Salih Hassan Hanjour
NationalitySaudi
Alternate Spelling(s)Hani Hanjur
Age at Death29
Date of BirthAug. 30, 1972
Place of BirthTaif, Saudi Arabia
GenderMale
HistoryVeteran of Afghanistan-Soviet civil war (1980-1989)
HistoryAttended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)
 
 
Narrative and Notes
 
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  • Pilot-hijacker of American Airlines Flight 77, bound from Virginia to Los Angeles, which crashed into the Pentagon.
  • Hanjour's background distinguishes him from the other 9-11 plotters; he had been to the United States before and already had flight experience.
  • He was brought into the plot later than the other five key plotters -- pilots Mohamed Atta, Marwan al-Shehhi, Ziad Jarrah and veteran al-Qaeda operatives Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar. He was added after Hazmi and Mihdhar were unable to be trained as pilots, and Ramzi Binalshibh, Tawfiq bin Attash, Abu Bara al-Yemeni were unable to obtain U.S. visas, and Zacarias Moussaoui had training problems of his own.1
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    Sources
    1 The 9-11 Commission Final Report, July 22, 2004, Chapter 7.2.
    Photos (left to right): FBI; FBI; Government exhibit, United States vs. Moussaoui
     
     
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