FBI re-releases 9/11 Pentagon photos

PHOTO: The Pentagon following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack.PlayFBI
WATCH FBI releases new batch of 9/11 Pentagon photos

The FBI has re-released a batch of archival photos showing the devastation at the Pentagon following the 9/11 terror attacks.

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The FBI uploaded 27 photos to its website's "FBI Records: The Vault" section, showing the horrific aftermath at the facility, located in Arlington County, Virginia.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Al Qaeda terrorists crashed American Airlines flight 77 -- which had departed Dulles International Airport for Los Angeles -- into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m.

         
              
                     
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189 people died at the Pentagon, including 125 who worked at the building, which serves as the headquarters of the Department of Defense.

PHOTO: The scorched interior of the Pentagon in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack. FBI
The scorched interior of the Pentagon in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack.

The plane hit an area of the building that was under renovation and relatively empty. It's widely agreed that the death toll would have been significantly higher had the plane hit a different area of the building.

PHOTO: The Pentagon following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack. FBI
The Pentagon following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack.

Photos show fragments of the American Airlines aircraft, the gaping hole in the building left by the plane, as well as the Pentagon's scorched interior and exterior.

Other photos show first responders battling the blaze and surveying the damage.

Editor’s note: After publication of this story, an FBI spokeswoman told the AP that the photos were first posted online in 2011 and re-released in recent days after they disappeared from the site.