- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 13, 2001

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Approximately 190 people perished in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, a senior defense official said today.

The death toll, which includes the passengers aboard the airliner that slammed into the building, was the first official estimate by the Pentagon. The official, who discussed the matter on condition of anonymity, stressed that the figure of 190 was preliminary.

The Army suffered the largest losses, totaling more than 70 people, and the Navy lost more than 40 people, the official said. The Marine Corps and the Air Force believe they suffered no personnel losses.

The Defense Intelligence Agency lost about seven people, the official said. Some private contract workers also were killed.

American Airlines says the hijacked plane was carrying 64 people, including crew, when it barreled into the Pentagon Tuesday.

As of this morning, about 70 bodies had been removed from the buckled section of the Pentagon as search-and-rescue workers toiled around the clock with little hope of finding more survivors.

FBI crews worked side-by-side, looking for evidence and making their way toward the flight-data and voice recorders of the commercial jetliner that was hijacked by terrorists slammed into the Pentagon Tuesday.

“We're making inroads into the impact area foot by foot now,'' Fairfax County Capt. Jerry Roussillon said today after search and rescue teams worked through the night stabilizing the damaged parts of the building.

The workers were evacuated this morning for about one hour following a telephoned bomb threat, U.S. officials said.

A nonspecific telephone threat about a bomb forced the evacuation of the rescue workers and law enforcement officials, Pentagon and FBI spokesmen said. The call came some time before 6 a.m. EDT.

The FBI received the threat and “to be cautious'' pulled out its people and everyone working in the area, a law enforcement official said.

Search-and-rescue workers were shoring up unstable areas around the impact site and were hoping to be able to enter that area later Thursday to search for more remains as well as the airplane's recorders.

The military services said about 150 people mostly Army soldiers were unaccounted for, along with 64 passengers and crew from the plane. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said an earlier estimate by fire officials of as many as 800 dead was too high.


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