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 9/11 FAA - National Transportation Safety Board Documents

September 11, 2001 - 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
Federal Aviation Administration - National Transportation Safety Board Documents



520 pages of Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, and 9/11 Commission aviation and travel documents dealing with the September 11th attacks.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Flight Path Studies, Air-Ground Transcripts of Hijacked 9/11 Flight Recordings, DDR Report.

116 pages of flight path studies and air-ground transcripts of the September 11 flights.

Full transcripts of the air traffic control recordings from the four flights hijacked on September 11, 2001. Certified copies of air traffic control (ATC) transmissions recorded on September 11, 2001 at various towers, departures, and Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) positions along the route of the flights were sent to the audio laboratory of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). These recordings were used to create an audio and text transcript of the aircraft-ground communications from takeoff to the end of the flight.

The Flight Path Studies reconstruct the routes of American Airlines Flight 11, American Airlines Flight 77 and United Airlines Flight 175. Information in the studies are complied from various sources of radar data. The studies include illustrations of radar ground tracks, maps and altitude profiles to provide graphic guides to each hijacking and were used by the NTSB to determine the takeover points where the hijackers gained control of the planes.

Specialist's Factual Report of Investigation on United Airlines Flight 93. Flight 93 was the only 9/11 flight in which a digital data recorder was recovered. This report provides graphic analysis of the data recovered from Flight 93 and its subsequent crash in Shanksville, PA. According to the report, the flight recorder functioned normally.


A 120 page report made by the staff of a sub-committee of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9-11 Commission. This report was created a month after the famous and well publicized and distributed 9-11 Commission report. A declassified copy of this staff report was not release to the National Archives and Records Administration until the following year. This staff report goes further in detail about the scope and depth of intelligence that was provided to federal aviation officials about the threat of a terrorist attack than the July 2004 report of the 9/11 Commission. "The fact that the civil aviation system seems to have been lulled into a false sense of security is striking not only because of what happened on 9/11 but also in light of the intelligence assessments, including those conducted by the F.A.A.'s own security branch, that raised alarms about the growing terrorist threat to civil aviation throughout the 1990's and into the new century," the report said.

Subjects covered in the report include: Chronology of American Airlines Flight 11, United Air Lines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77, and United Air Lines Flight 93. The hijacker's Tactics. Civil Aviation security procedures at the time of the hijackings

The report shows that federal aviation officials were provided with intelligence reports warning about the potential threat of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Some of these reports mention hijackings and suicide attacks not connected to aviation. The report finds that the FAA. Received 52 intelligence reports from their security branch that mentioned bin Laden or Al Qaeda from April to September 10, 2001. The staff report finds no evidence that the government had specific warning of a domestic attack. The emphasis of threat concerns dealt with overseas threats.

Despite this, the staff discloses that the Federal Aviation Administration sent a warning to U.S. airports in the spring of 2001 stating that if "the intent of the hijacker is not to exchange hostages for prisoners, but to commit suicide in a spectacular explosion, a domestic hijacking would probably be preferable." The staff report finds that federal aviation officials were "lulled into a false sense of security," and "intelligence that indicated a real and growing threat leading up to 9/11 did not stimulate significant increases in security procedures."

National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States Documents

63 pages of additional documents released by the 9/11 Commission after the issuance of it report dealing with 9/11 hijacker travel documents and air travel issues.

Includes photos of Mohamed Atta's visa, Ramzi Binalshibh's visa application, Ziad Jarrah's charred visa recovered in Somerset County, Pennslynaia ,Hani Hanjour's visa application, Marwan al Shehhi's application to change his immigration status, Mohand al Shehri's visa application, Ahmad al Haznawi's visa application, Saeed al Ghamdi's visa application, Ahmed al Nami's visa application, Mohamed Atta's revised immigration arrival record, Handwritten notes of immigration official re: Atta's record, Mohamed Atta's Florida state driver's license, Saeed al Ghamdi's Immigration arrival record, Saeed al Ghamdi's Customs declaration, Salem al Hazmi's USAID identification card, Khalid al Mihdhar's USAID identification card, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's alias visa application and Ahmed al Ghamdi's state of Virginia identification card photo.

A 9/11 Commission report "The Saudi Flights," provides an examination of the facts and circumstances surrounding the departure of Saudi nationals from the United States, including the "Bin Ladin" flight carrying members of Usama Bin Ladin's extended family, in the days after the 9/11 attack. The procedures followed for each flight, including the inspection of passengers and their belongings, is covered in detail.

"Immigration Histories of Certain Individuals with Terrorist Connections"

An analysis based on information obtained primarily from reviewing immigration files, court documents and government reports. Individual INS immigration files were reviewed unless otherwise noted. The individuals whose immigration histories are discussed in this report are either known terrorists, or individuals with connections to terrorist attacks, including the 9/11 attacks, whose backgrounds were not discussed extensively in either the 9/11 Commission Report or the staff reports that followed.

Federal Aviation Administration Records

221 pages of Federal Aviation Administration documents including:

FAA record, Chronology ADA-30, Sept. 11, 2001

A Federal Aviation Administration chronology of government proceedings from September 11, 2001 to September 26, 2001. List the participation of FAA personnel and the roles each played in managing the crisis. The document also notes the involvement of various members of congress and executive branch officials attempting to work together towards a coordinated response.

FAA record, New England Region Daily Log, Sept. 11, 2001

Contains a chronology FAA actions in the North-East Corridor after the 9/11 hijackings.

Federal Aviation Administration Administrator's Fact Book, July 2001

The FAA Administrator's Fact Book in use on September 11, 2001. The factbook provides answers to FAA and transportation safety organizational questions.

Department of Transportation Report of Aircraft Accident

The official FAA Report of Aircraft Accident for American Airlines Flight 11.

Summary of Air Traffic Hijack Events: September 11, 2001, Sept. 17, 2001

A chronology of the 9/11 hijackings. Contains factual records, observations from FAA officials and general official commentary. Remarking on United Flight 175, the report observes, "The controller communicating with UL175 was also monitoring the flight track of AAL11. Based on coordination received from ZBW [Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center] indicating a possible highjack, most of the controller's attention was focused on AAL11." The report also contains radar diagrams of the planes and a useful summary chart of all four hijacked flights that provides an overview of events as they unfolded.

Transportation Security Administration report, Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation for 2001, Aug. 20, 2002

A 69 page report compiled by the Transportation Security Administration detailing all criminal acts against non-military aircraft in 2001 and includes statistics, trends, and analyses of unlawful attacks on or around aircraft from 1997 to 2001 around the world.

The disc contains a text transcript of all recognizable text embedded into the graphic image of each page of each document, creating a searchable finding aid. Text searches can be done across all files on the disc.





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