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9/11 Report Cites Lack of Preparation

FAA Too Slow in Alerting Military, Panel Says. U.S. aviation and military officials were woefully unprepared for the brazen terrorist assault carried out on Sept. 11, 2001, and were so blinded and disorganized that jet fighters were sent to chase phantom aircraft while real airliners crashed undisturbed into their targets, according to a report issued yesterday. In a detailed re-creation of U.S. air defense efforts that day, the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks found that the Federal Aviation Administration was so slow to notify military commanders about the hijackings that U.S. fighter jets had no chance to intercept any of the aircraft. The military did not learn about United Airlines Flight 175 until the minute it hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center. For 36 minutes, the FAA lost track altogether of American Airlines Flight 77, which was able to turn around and fly east toward the Pentagon, undetected by radar. And the military was not notified about United Flight 93 until after it crashed in Pennsylvania. Full Story

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