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These witness accounts, many of them extremely brief, do not provide sufficient detail to determine whether the 757 struck the Pentagon on a low approach, or whether it might have flown over the Pentagon.  In many cases, the witnesses were not in a position to have seen exactly what happened. 
Mrs. Deb Anlauf, resident of Colfax, Wisconsin, was in her 14th floor of the Sheraton Hotel [located 1.6 mile from the explosion], (immediately west of the Navy Annex) when she heard a "loud roar": Suddenly I saw this plane right outside my window. You felt like you could touch it; it was that close. It was just incredible. "Then it shot straight across from where we are and flew right into the Pentagon. It was just this huge fireball that crashed into the wall (of the Pentagon). When it hit, the whole hotel shook. (...) Jeff didn't feel the impact of the plane crash as directly as his wife. He was attending an environmental meeting on the second floor of the hotel when the plane struck the Pentagon. About five seconds before the crash, Jeff said he heard the sound of "tin being dropped," likely as construction workers building an addition to the hotel saw the plane and dropped their building materials. "Then, about 5 seconds later, the whole hotel shook," Jeff recalled. "I could feel it moving. We said 'Oh, my gosh, what's going on?' "
http://www.leadertelegram.com/specialreports/attack/storydetail.asp?ID=7
From a distance of 1.6 miles, looking into the morning sun, we are not sure whether Deb Anlauf could have distinguished between an actual impact, and the magic show we propose. (If only we could see the Sheraton's security video....)
"It was striking to me how little of the building was involved in the fire," said Dr. Corley, who has reviewed the Pentagon report. The fire, he said, "didn't spread and and trap other people in the building. "While 125 Pentagon workers and 59 passengers and crew members on the plane died, few if any of the workers who died were from outside the immediate impact zone."
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/05/nyregion/05TOWE.html
Corley is not an eyewitness, he just reviewed the report.
" (...) when he saw a jetliner fly over the roadway. It filled his field of vision. The jet was 40-feet off the ground speeding toward the Pentagon. The wheels were up
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=5425475&BRD=386&PAG=461&dept_id=444919&rfi=6
It doesn't say which roadway, or exactly where Dubill was located.  We don't question that the airliner passed very low over Columbia Pike.  

Dubill is Executive Editor of USA Today.  He didn't claim to have seen the impact.

"Riding in a convertible ... I looked back and saw a jet airliner flying very low and very fast.
http://www.gopusa.com/bobby/bobby_091201.shtml
Eberle is President and CEO of GOPUSA.  He doesn't specify his location and he didn't see the impact.
Steve Eiden, a truck driver, had picked up his cargo that Tuesday morning in Williamsburg, Va., and was en route to New York City and witnessed the aftermath. He took the Highway 95 loop in the area of the Pentagon and thought it odd to see a plane in restricted airspace, thinking to himself it was odd that it was flying so low. "You could almost see the people in the windows," he said as he watched the plane disappear behind a line of trees, followed by a tall plume of black smoke. Then he saw the Pentagon on fire, and an announcement came over the radio that the Pentagon had been hit.
http://www.baxterbulletin.com/ads/chronology2001/page2.html
Eiden didn't see the final approach or the impact.
Dr Goff :"We used every aspect of our medical training that day to treat victims suffering from injuries ranging from inhalation and blast injuries to all levels of burns to emotional trauma,"
http://www.aoa-net.org/Publications/DO/pentagon1101.pdf
If it weren't for Dr. Goff and others like him, the death toll on 9-11 would have been much greater.  In honor of their efforts, we hope that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.
Nicholas Holland, an engineer with AMEC Construction Management of Bethesda, Md., had spent the last two years working to reinforce the walls. Two summers ago, a blast wall of reinforced steel and concrete was installed right where the plane hit. It stood for 25 minutes after it was hit before collapsing, long enough for people to escape, Holland said.
http://www.detnews.com/2001/nation/0109/11/nation-291261.htm
We are not sure whether Holland is claiming that he was present on the scene.
office when the explosion at the Pentagon occurred. "About a third of the sky was blacked with smoke", He said. Hunt was in contact with this office via e-mail on September 11 until he left work and decided to walk, rather than catch a crowded subway. "I talked to a number of average people in route who said they saw the plane hovering over the Washington Mall Area at an altitude lower that the height of the Washington Monument" Hunt stated. He said they reported to him they could clearly see the markings of an American Airlines airliner and some even said they could make out faces of passengers in the aircraft windows. Again, this is what Bob Hunt heard from witnesses on the street in Washington D.C. on September 11, 2001.
http://www.sierratimes.com/02/03/15/arjj031502.htm
Strangely, we have seen reports that this plane over the Washington Mall area was photographed -- and it was a four-engine plane. See http://letsroll911.org/ipw-web/bulletin/bb/viewtopic.php?t=3571 
from an 8th floor high-rise: "At first, we thought it was the jets that sometimes fly overhead. However, it appeared to be a small commercial aircraft..."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/talking_point/newsid_1540000/1540586.stm
Could hardly be more vague.  Where is the high-rise?  How far away was the jet?  How small?
Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R-Ill.), a Naval Reserve intelligence officer. ''Apparently, the fire killed everybody in there,'' said Kirk, shortly after he learned that two friends perished in the center. Kirk also went to the site. ''The first thing you smell is the burning. And then you can smell the aviation fuel. And then you can smell this sickly, rotten-meat smell,'' he said.
Thanks for that information, Rep. Kirk.  
Kizildrgli, while driving by the Pentagon, "saw the jetliner bank slightly"
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2001/09/11/attack-usat.htm
No problem.
``I saw a big jet flying close to the building coming at full speed. There was a big noise when it hit the building,'' said Oscar Martinez, who witnessed the attack. Extrait article : Away from the Pentagon, unexplained explosions were reported in the vicinity of the State Department and the Capitol.
http://www.firehouse.com/terrorist/11_APdc.html
Martinez could be an important witness for the Official Story.  As far as we can tell, he doesn't work for the mainstream media and he doesn't work for the perpetrators.  We wish this interview was more extensive and detailed.  How high was the plane when it "hit the building"?  Did Martinez see any light poles going down?
Traffic is normally slow right around the Pentagon as the road winds and we line up to cross the 14th Street bridge heading into the District of Columbia. I don't know what made me look up, but I did and I saw a very low-flying American Airlines plane that seemed to be accelerating. My first thought was just 'No, no, no, no,' because it was obvious the plane was not heading to nearby Reagan National Airport. It was going to crash.
http://depts.washington.edu/uweek/archives/2001.10.OCT_04/_article9.html
Apparently, McCusker was on Highway 395, with a badly obscured view.
I was right underneath the plane, said Kirk Milburn, a construction supervisor for Atlantis Co., who was on the Arlington National Cemetery exit of Interstate 395 when he said he saw the plane heading for the Pentagon. "I heard a plane. I saw it. I saw debris flying. I guess it was hitting light poles," said Milburn. "It was like a WHOOOSH whoosh, then there was fire and smoke, then I heard a second explosion." - (Washington Post, September 11, 2001) -
http:// www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/metro/daily/sep01/attack.html
Again, a badly obscured view.  He is conjecturing about the light poles, and about the source of the flying debris he saw, which might have been some other explosions taking place at or near the Pentagon.
James Mosley, four stories up on a scaffold at the Navy Annex, "`... I looked over and saw this big silver plane run into the side of the Pentagon"
http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/admin_dept/ext_affairs/loeb/finalists/entry/september11-2.pdf
This could be another key witness.  A little more detail would be nice.  How high was the plane as it appeared to hit the Pentagon?  The essay is gone from the web.
General Richard Myers, vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that before the crash into the Pentagon, military officials had been notified that another hijacked plane had been heading from the New York area to Washington.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/wtccrash/story/0%2C1300%2C550486%2C00.html
Well, in that case maybe Myers should have scrambled some fighters, instead of just sending a C-130.
At the Dulles tower, O'Brien saw the TV pictures from New York and headed back to her post to help other planes quickly land. "We started moving the planes as quickly as we could," she says. "Then I noticed the aircraft. It was an unidentified plane to the southwest of Dulles, moving at a very high rate of speed ... I had literally a blip and nothing more." O'Brien asked the controller sitting next to her, Tom Howell, if he saw it too. "I said, 'Oh my God, it looks like he's headed to the White House,'" recalls Howell. "I was yelling ... 'We've got a target headed right for the White House!'" At a speed of about 500 miles an hour, the plane was headed straight for what is known as P-56, protected air space 56, which covers the White House and the Capitol. "The speed, the maneuverability, the way that he turned, we all thought in the radar room, all of us experienced air traffic controllers, that that was a military plane," says O'Brien. "You don't fly a 757 in that manner. It's unsafe." The plane was between 12 and 14 miles away, says O'Brien, "and it was just a countdown. Ten miles west. Nine miles west ... Our supervisor picked up our line to the White House and started relaying to them the information, [that] we have an unidentified very fast-moving aircraft inbound toward your vicinity, 8 miles west." Vice President Cheney was rushed to a special basement bunker. White House staff members were told to run away from the building. "And it went six, five, four. And I had it in my mouth to say, three, and all of a sudden the plane turned away. In the room, it was almost a sense of relief. This must be a fighter. This must be one of our guys sent in, scrambled to patrol our capital, and to protect our president, and we sat back in our chairs and breathed for just a second," says O'Brien. But the plane continued to turn right until it had made a 360-degree maneuver. "We lost radar contact with that aircraft. And we waited. And we waited. And your heart is just beating out of your chest waiting to hear what's happened," says O'Brien. "And then the Washington National [Airport] controllers came over our speakers in our room and said, 'Dulles, hold all of our inbound traffic. The Pentagon's been hit.'"
http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/2020/2020/2020_011024_atc_feature.html
O'Brien says that the plane was first noticed to the southwest, 14 miles away.  It looked like it was headed to the white house, but it wasn't flying over the mall area.  So what was going on with the four-engine plane seen over the Washington Monument, was it doing sightseeing at low altitude in the most controlled airspace in the world?
When she thinks of that day, Ramos also recalls another burn patient whom she treated just after getting Maj. Leibner into the ambulance. "I turned around and a burn patient was coming out," she said. "I was afraid I'd be caught with her in the line of fire." The woman's clothes were literally exploded off her body, Ramos said. "Her legs were so bad that her skin was coming off," she said. "She was really in shock. She had like a vacant stare. She was all sweaty, her legs were burned, and her clothes were blasted off her back because her back was bare. We got her onto a stretcher face down and DiDi started an IV, and they were ready to take her into the ambulance. We evacuated at that point." They later heard that the burn patient died a couple of days afterward. The victims exited the building in waves, but after a short while they stopped coming out. "After the first hour, it was very frustrating," Ramos said. "You felt hopeless," added Lopez. "You can't go in and no one is coming out." Ramos said she still gets galvanic skin responses when she recalls the events of that morning. "Everything was so busy, you couldn't remember everything," she said. (...)It took some time before Ramos, Maj. Leibner and others were able to talk openly of their experiences that day. "We went to several debriefings," Ramos said.
http://www.usmedicine.com/article.cfm?articleID=384&issueID=38
We applaud Ramos for her work, and we don't see anything in this report that contradicts our viewpoint.
Alfred S. Regnery, saw (...) a jetliner ... not more than a couple of hundred yards above the ground"
http://www.humanevents.org/articles/09-17-01/regnery.html
This would be more useful if there were more information about Regnery's location.
He tilted his wings, this way and in this way (Ryan mimics). He kinda did like that. At that point the plane was slow, so that happened concurrently with the engines going down. And then straighten up in sort of suddenly and hit full gas. (Ryan mimics). It was just so loud.(Video)
low bandwidth : http://digipressetmp3.teaser.fr/uploads/488/Ryan.ram
high bandwidth : http://digipressetmp3.teaser.fr/uploads/488/Ryan2.ram
Ryan's video interview is interesting, but he wasn't in position to see the final approach.
Philip Sheuerman, exiting the freeway, turning into the parking lot, of the Pentagon. saw "... a passenger plane ..."
http://www.berkeley.edu/news/berkeleyan/2001/09/20_spalu.html
OK, it was a passenger plane.  
Jim Sutherland, a mortgage broker, was on his way to the Pentagon when he saw ... a white 737 twin-engine plane with multicolored trim fly 50 feet over I-395 in a straight line, striking the side of the Pentagon..
http://www.cincypost.com/2001/sep/11/wash091101.html

www.thedailycamera.com...
 
Jim Sutherland, a mortgage broker, was driving near the Pentagon at 9:40 a.m. when he saw a 737 airplane 50 feet over Interstate 395 heading in a straight line into the side of the Pentagon. The fireball explosion that followed rocked his car. Drivers began pulling over to the side - some taking pictures - not quite believing what they were seeing.
http://www.abqtrib.com/archives/news01/091201_news_dcscene.shtml
Sutherland is potentially an excellent witness, but we would like more detail as to the apparent height of the plane at impact.  "50 feet over I-395" is a contradiction to the many witnesses who saw the 757 over the Annex, or over Arlington Cemetery.
"I glanced up just at the point where the plane was going into the building," said Carla Thompson, who works in an Arlington, Va., office building about 1,000 yards from the crash. "I saw an indentation in the building and then it was just blown-up up--red, everything red," she said. "Everybody was just starting to go crazy. I was petrified."
http://bernie.house.gov/documents/articles/20010912170838.asp
Since this was admittedly a last-second perception, it's hard to be certain about its accuracy in detail.  Does Thompson remember anything about the plane, or did she just see an "indentation" or an explosion?   We don't mean to seem flippant about this, but there's not much to go on here.  We aren't told who Thompson is, or who she works for.
Terry C. Wallace - Southern Arizona Seismic Observatory - I looked pretty hard -- and to be honest I can't find any CONCLUSIVELY above the noise. I calculated an expected magnitude assuming that the impact was on the wall, not vertical (like UA flight), and got a magnitude of .8 The noise at all the stations (closest is 60 km aways) is above this.
http://www.unknownnews.net/cdd060702.html
Wallace is not an eyewitness, he's studying seismic data in Arizona.  The results are inconclusive.
Washington, Mike Walter, USA Today, on the road when a jet slammed into the Pentagon: "I was sitting in the northbound on 27 and the traffic was, you know, typical rush-hour -- it had ground to a standstill. I looked out my window and I saw this plane, this jet, an American Airlines jet, coming. And I thought, 'This doesn't add up, it's really low.' "And I saw it. I mean it was like a cruise missile with wings. It went right there and slammed right into the Pentagon. "Huge explosion, great ball of fire, smoke started billowing out. And then it was chaos on the highway as people tried to either move around the traffic and go down, either forward or backward. "We had a lady in front of me, who was backing up and screaming, 'Everybody go back, go back, they've hit the Pentagon.' "It was just sheer terror."
http://www.cnn.com/2001/CAREER/trends/09/11/witnesses/
http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/09/11/pentagon.terrorism/
Gerard Holmgren at http://www.911dossier.co.uk/pen07.html goes through several more Mike Walter interviews and statements.  Those interviews were marked by wild inconsistencies, and seem to indicate that Walter did not actually see the "impact".
Dave Winslow : AP reporter Dave Winslow also saw the crash. He said, "I saw the tail of a large airliner ... It ploughed right into the Pentagon."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/wtccrash/story/0,1300,550486,00.html
Winslow's view of the tail is a possible problem for some versions of the "Plane Bomb" theory.  We'd like to know if Winslow noticed anything about the light poles, or whether the airplane's engines were running. Or the altitude of the impact.

Ian Wyatt glanced into the sky just as a commercial airplane roared by about 100 yards off the ground. "I was so scared I thought it was coming after me and just ducked for cover," said Wyatt, a 1999 graduate of Mary Washington College who was walking to his federal job when terrorists struck at the heart of the nation's defense yesterday morning. "It was going so fast and it was so low," he said, standing on Army-Navy Drive. "The only intelligent thought that came into my head was, 'Oh my God, they hit the Pentagon.' I could then hear cars squealing all around and people were just stunned." After the plane struck the west side of the famed five-sided building, thick black smoke billowed from a huge crater as fire raged within.
http://www.fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2001/092001/09122001/390193/printer_friendly

100 yards is higher than reported by most witnesses near the scene.  Army-Navy Drive is on the other side of I-395 from the Pentagon, so Wyatt's view was probably quite obscured.
Don Wright from the 12th floor, 1600 Wilson Boulevard, in Rosslyn: " .. I watched this ...it looked like a commuter plane, two engined ... come down from the south real low ... " (Real Audio)
http://www.sun-sentinel.com...
Wright was watching from two miles away, across the cemetery.
Madelyn Zakhem, executive secretary at the STC (VDOT Smart Traffic Center), had just stepped outside for a break and was seated on a bench when she heard what she thought was a jet fighter directly overhead. It wasn't. It was an airliner coming straight up Columbia Pike at tree-top level. "It was huge! It was silver. It was low -- unbelievable! I could see the cockpit. I fell to theground.... I was crying and scared". "If I had been on top of our building, I would have been close enough to reach up and catch it,"
http://www.roadstothefuture.com/VA_Sept21.txt
The Smart Traffic Center is on Columbia Pike, across from the Annex.   She thought it was a jet fighter -- what if she was correct about that?  This witness seems to be supporting the Eastman "killer jet" theory, if anything.  She didn't see the impact.