Robert Leonard - Pentagon Eyewitness

Joined: February 13th, 2008, 6:51 am

June 19th, 2010, 5:14 pm #1

Robert A. Leonard,

a resident of West Springfield who works near L'Enfant Plaza, was in the HOV lanes of I-395 on his morning commute to work. His car passed the crest of the hill, at the point where Washington comes fully into view and the Pentagon is on the left:

"I looked in the rearview mirror to check the traffic and saw only a plane, flying very low. I followed it in my left outside mirror. I braked, looked out my left window and saw a large commercial aircraft aiming for the Pentagon."

"The aircraft, so close to the ground, was banked skillfully to the right, leveled off perpendicular to the Pentagon's southwest side, then went full throttle directly toward the building. The plane vanished, absorbed by the building, and there was a slight pause. Then a huge fireball rose into the sky."
Washington Post, 9/20/01(Lexis Nexis)
(text mirror) http://www2.hawaii.edu/~julianr/lexisnexis/leonard1.txt


Phone call to Robert Leonard 06/19/10 (Mp3 download)









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Joined: March 30th, 2009, 9:45 pm

June 19th, 2010, 6:11 pm #2

Good call, Jeff!

[The story link didn't work for me, tho.]
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Joined: February 13th, 2008, 6:51 am

June 19th, 2010, 6:44 pm #3

I got it from here:

http://mouv4x8.perso.neuf.fr/11Sept01/A ... rcraft.htm

Unfortunately most of the original links on that page don't work anymore!


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Joined: January 3rd, 2009, 8:18 pm

June 22nd, 2010, 3:24 pm #4

Interesting call jeff, nice one - he's not the only person to describe the right bank as quite extreme. i think the s-pattern is still in with a shot ;)

good call again
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