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Hani Hanjour

Hani Hanjour, a terrorist, was one of five men identified by the U.S. Justice Department as hijackers of American Airlines flight 77 in the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack. The FBI believes that he piloted the plane and crashed it into the Pentagon.

Hanjour had gained his pilot qualification at a US flight school some years previously. However, when he returned to his native Saudi Arabia, he was unable to get a job as a pilot. It is likely that the resulting bitterness and disappointment contributed to his being recruited into the al-Qaeda and to ultimately be one of the four pilots of the September 11 attacks.

In early Spring 2001, he rented a one-bedroom apartment in Paterson, New Jersey. He lived there with at least one roommate; several other hijackers, including Mohammad Atta, visited. He moved out on September 1.

He was photographed on September 5 when using a Maryland ATM with fellow hijacker Majed Moqued.

On September 10, one of the hijackers was seen by the owner of a strip club in Elizabeth near Newark airport. He had a beer and watched a dancer in a private "VIP" room, where the bar owner watched him through a security camera.



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