US government releases new 9/11 images showing aftermath of Pentagon attack

Horrific aftermath

It has been 16 years since terrorists flew a plane into the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks. (Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Cedric H Rudisill)

Deadliest attacks in US history

The attack on the Pentagon claimed the lives of 125 people in the building, as well as 58 passengers on the plane and the five hijackers. (FBI)

Frozen in time

A stopped clock shows the exact moment that the Pentagon was attacked. (Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Larry A. Simmons)

Scenes of horror

A melted telephone sits alongside a small fire extinguisher on the fifth floor of the Pentagon. (Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Larry A. Simmons)


This astonishing photo shows the ‘c’ in the American Airlines logo from the plane. (FBI)

Deadly temperatures

Extreme heat melted most things inside the building. (FBI)

Scenes of devastation

Damage to the building was from both the fires and the water used to put them out. (FBI)

Crime scene

Protective clothing was needed to sift through the carnage. (FBI)


Parts of the fuselage of the plane used in the attack were seen outside the Pentagon. (FBI)


President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were pictured discussing the attacks. (National Archives)

Rubble and ruin

The FBI search the rubble for evidence after the devastating attack. (FBI)

Clear up

Files, paperwork and office equipment were strewn on the floor following the attack. (FBI)

Standing tall

Firefighters defiantly hold up the US flag amid the scenes of devastation. (FBI)

Searching for clues

Only the cabinets inside the offices remain recognisable after the attack. (FBI)

These are the shocking photos that show the devastation at the Pentagon after it was attacked in the September 11th attacks in 2001.

On the 16th anniversary of 9/11, the US government has released rare pictures that reveal the horror inside the building after it was hit by a American Airlines Flight 77.

A clock frozen in time at the moment the Pentagon was hit, melted telephones and offices reduced to twisted metal and ash show just a glimpse of the terror that workers faced.

The September 11th attacks left 2,996 people dead and more than 6,000 others wounded – including 184 at the Pentagon, as well as the five hijackers.

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A series of coordinated attacks saw terrorists fly into the Pentagon in Washington and the World Trade Centre in New York.

Passengers on board United Airlines Flight 93 managed to overpower hijackers before they reached their target, bringing the plane to a crash landing in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing everyone on board.

President Donald Trump is due to observe a moment of silence today at the time the first airplane hit.