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FAA records about AA77 at NARA

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FAA records about AA77 at NARA

Postby Oystein » Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:14 pm

I stumbled today over records provided by NARA's, originating with the FAA, about all 4 crash flights. Lots and lots of boring documents, many available in digitized form (.pdf, .mp3...).

https://www.archives.gov/research/foia/faa-finding-aid

This thread is my own repository of links to documents about flight 77 and the FAA's (ATC's...) response that I find useful or interesting. Presented in the order I find them.
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Re: FAA records about AA77 at NARA

Postby Oystein » Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:15 pm

From Box #11, Folder IAD-54, Full Transcript, Final West:
1. AAL 77 - (e) Other - 1 IAD 54 Full Transcript FW.pdf
IAD = Dulles Airport. This is a full transcript of all radio transmissions through Dulles' "ATCT Final West" from 9:27 a.m. to 9:46 a.m. (local time), that is around the time AA77 crashed into the Pentagon (9:36)
"This transcription covers the Dulles ATCT Final West position for the period from September 11, 2001, 1327 UTC, to September 11, 2001, 1346 UTC."

Into that transcript, I add in blue lines from the following:
From Box #11, Folder IAD-55, Full Transcript, North Departure:
[quote=https://catalog.archives.gov/id/7596316]1. AAL 77 - (e) Other - 1 IAD 55 Full Transcript ND Inbound.pdf[/quote]

(minor edits by me: I convert UCT to ET; eliminate the occasional "ah", put numbers in digits):
9:27:17 | BLR697 | blueridge 697 what happend up there
9:27:21 | FW | well first thing we saw on cnn the world trade center looked like it had some time of an explosion and we couldn't determine if it was just a fire a bomb or what was going on and while we were watching the footage of that a 737 hit the building behind it
9:27:35 | BLR697 | okay thanks
...
9:28:23 | FW | any aircraft on this frequency arriving dulles you can expect ground stop after your arrival
...
9:29:43 | FW | manassas tower dulles final
9:29:45 | HEF | onus
9:29:46 | FW | the country is ground stopped
...
9:33:38 | FW | national sixty two anybody quick please
9:33:44 | TMC | dulles a primary only
9:33:46 | FW | national you've go[t] a primary target heading for p56 to the west 10 west fast moving
...
9:34:00 | ND | anybody on the 62 primary target ten west of your place
9:34:03 | DCA | yeah we see him

9:34:24 | DCA | hey thanks dulles we're talking to p56 on it
...
9:36:19 | FW | N2TS the entire country has been ground stopped ...
...
9:37:21 | DCA | dulles I'm keeping gopher 8606 with me for a
...
9:38:07 | DCA | hey dulles 62 line no arrivals at washington go into holding at washington
...
9:38:41 | DCA | dulles 62 line hold 74UP
...
9:39:27 | DCA | anybody 62 line
9:39:30 | ND | yeah
9:39:32 | FW | final's up go
9:39:33 | AS | we're contacting
9:39:35 | TMC | everything everywhere
9:39:38 | DCA | hey dulles
9:39:39 | FW | go ahead
9:39:40 | DCA | that guy hit the pentagon
9:39:40 | ND | jesus christ
9:39:41 | FW | oh my god
9:39:42 | DCA | i know it
9:39:42 | DCA | just watch out
...
9:40:43 | ZDC | dulles south arrival irons 30 line
9:40:44 | SA | go ahead
9:40:45 | FW | you're going to need to talk to the supervisor if they don't know already we need to start some evacuation stuff the pentagon's been hit
9:40:48 | ND | 62
9:40:52 | SA | alright I will let him know immediately
9:40:54 | FW | okay
...
9:41:05 | ZDC | dullers south arrival irons on the 30 line
9:41:08 | ND | yeah
9:41:09 | ZDC | you guys going to be able to take traffic
9:41:10 | ND | we don't know they just hit the pentagon
9:41:12 | ZDC | they hit the pentagon
9:41:14 | ND | they hit the pentagon
9:41:15 | ZDC | alright thanks

In the following minutes, they mostly talk about the need to get other flights on the ground ASAP.

Abbreviations denote the following positions:
FW: Dulles Tower, Final approach West (Danielle O'Brien)
SA: Dulles Tower, South Arrival
AS: Dulles Tower Area Supervisor
TMC: Dulles Tower, Traffic Management Coordinator
DCA: Washington National Airport Tower
HEF: Manassas Airport Tower
ZDC: Washington Center
BLR697, N2TS: other planes

The 62 line is Washington National radar controllers
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Re: FAA records about AA77 at NARA

Postby Oystein » Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:31 pm

From Box #11, Folder IAD-56, Full Transcript Dulles Tower Arrival Data/Departure Data
1. AAL 77 - (e) Other - 1 IAD 56 Full Transcript AD-DD.pdf
Participants in this radio exchange:
AD = Dulles Tower Arrival Data/Departure Data (John Hendershot)
AEA = Eastern region Quality Assurance (Ron Ruggeri "from 505")
AEAB = Eastern region Quality Assurance, Background
IAD = Dulles Tower Arrival Data/Departure Data, Background
This appears to be the "Critical Event Eastern Region hotline"

(first minutes, eastern region asks Dulles for UA175's whereabouts, until they figure out it was out of Boston... Ground stop is mentioned several times. then...)
9:34:56 | AD | if there's any suspected terrorist activity could be originating from VFRs as well
9:35:01 | AEA | right we got cha
9:35:02 | AD | we tracked a fast moving primary heading toward the white house we've notified national approach we've notified the white house
9:35:08 | AEA | wait a minute there's a fast moving VFR toward the white house
9:35:11 | AD | primary only target heading toward the white house we have no idea what altitude what type could be fighter
9:35:18 | AEA | wait a wait a wait a hold on a minute john hold on a minute hold on i'm talking
9:35:20 | AEAB | passing the info
9:35:20 | AEA | got it from john henderson ar dulles
9:35:22 | AEAB | a fast moving VFR aircraft moving right for the white house
9:35:28 | AEA | right now you've passed that to national
9:35:30 | AD | we passed that the white house
9:35:31 | AEA | good
9:35:32 | AD | we passed that to national
9:35:32 | AEA | ah
9:35:33 | AD | it could obviously it could be military in support of the white house
9:35:36 | AEA | what's it's position right now john
9:35:39 | AD | stand by
9:35:41 | AEA | they passed it to the military
9:35:43 | AEAB | they passed it on to the military james
9:35:51 | AD | six miles southwest of the white house
9:35:54 | AEA | six miles southwest
9:35:54 | AD | making a right turn back south west bound fast moving
...(AEA and AEAB are merely repeating what AD reports)
9:36:10 | AD | now it's moving away from the white house right now
...
9:36:17 | AD | kay it's maneuvering it's turning north
...
9:36:22 | AD | it's maneuvering oit's turning north could be
9:36:27 | AD | turning north back toward the white house
...
9:36:33 | AEA | is there any chance it's military
9:36:34 | AD | conceivable we have no knowledge
...
(more interesting stuff - AD reports target 5 miles from white house. AEA wants to get "national" on a hotline, AD can't do that)
...
9:38:00 | AD | now the primary has disappeared
...
9:38:37 | AD | okay national is on a hotline with the white house that's confirmed
...
9:39:20 | AEAB | hitting the west side of the pentagon
...
9:41:27 | IAD | put everybody on the ground who ever where ever you have get em on the ground


Here is John Hendershot's personal statement, dated 9/12/2001:
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/7596341
He relates ho he was advised by several controllers at once of high speed target heading for WH. "I immediately picked up the hotline to the White House and advised them that Dulles Approach observed a target closing in on the White House at high speed. The White House operator acknowledged. I then immediately advised DCA approach of the same. I then described the movements of the aircraft on the Critical Event Eastern Region hotline as they were described to me by the controllers observing the primary return. ..."
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Re: FAA records about AA77 at NARA

Postby Oystein » Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:42 pm

Box #11, Folder IAD-57, Full Transcript, Dulles Tower Area Supervisor
1. AAL 77 - (e) Other - 1 IAD 57 Full Transcript Area Supervisor.pdf

Participants:
AS = Dulles Tower Area Supervisor (Sherelle Carper)
DCA = Washington National Tower
9:34:14 | DCA | washington approach
9:34:15 | AS | this is dulles approach controll we're tracking a fast moving primary heading toward the white house the white house has been advised
...
9:38:58 | AS | dulles tower sherelle carper
...
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