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an eyewitness to the pentagon crash (english)
04 Sep 2002
Modified: 07 Sep 2002
note the FBI is on the scene in minutes and takes Velasquez's video tape
Three months ago, on September 11 at 9:38 a.m., a Tuesday, Jose Velasquez heard the rumble of imminent death overhead. "I knew something was wrong. The planes come more from the north and west [to land at Reagan National Airport] not from the south. And not so low."

He was talking on the telephone that morning to a friend who was feeding him gauzy reports about airplane crashes at the World Trade Center in New York. But Velasquez slammed down the receiver and raced outside when he felt the gas station he supervises suddenly begin to tremble from a too-close airplane.

"It was like an earthquake," the Costa Rican native said last week. What Velasquez felt above him almost within touching distance was American Airlines Flight 77 just seconds before impact.
His gas station, open only to Department of Defense personnel, is the last structure between the Pentagon and the hillside that, hours later, would become a wailing knoll. "By the time I got outside all I could see was a giant cloud of smoke, first white then black, coming from the Pentagon," he said. "It was just a terrible, terrible thing to be so close to."

Today, Velasquez still trembles when he talks about the incident that has forever changed the military, government, and technology polyglot that is Northern Virginia. "Even today," said Velasquez, "people who come here tell me they are frightened to come to work. You can see it in their eyes."

Velasquez says the gas station's security cameras are close enough to the Pentagon to have recorded the moment of impact. "I've never seen what the pictures looked like," he said. "The FBI was here within minutes and took the film."
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aaa (english)
05 Sep 2002
What he says he saw would have been consistent with a missile. Also, he never claimed to see the actual impact.
bbb (english)
07 Sep 2002
exactly! He didnt see the impact - but his video camera did, and this video has never been made public: the FBI swooped down on him in a few minutes of the crash and took it. But if it did show flight 77, why not show it the way the WTC videos have been shown ad nauseum? And people wonder why conspiracy theories abound?!