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Hani Hanjour

9-11 Suicide Hijacker Pilot


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Means of DeathSuicide Hijacker
Date of DeathSept. 11, 2001
Location of DeathArlington, Virginia, United States
Affiliation9-11 plotters
SupervisorMohamed Atta
AffiliationAmerican Airlines Flight 77 Hijackers
Full Given NameHani Salih Hassan Hanjour
Alternate Spelling(s)Hani Hanjur
Age at Death29
Date of BirthAug. 30, 1972
Place of BirthTaif, Saudi Arabia
HistoryVeteran of Afghanistan-Soviet civil war (1980-1989)
HistoryAttended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)
Narrative and Notes
  • 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
    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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