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Transcript of American Airlines Flight 77

October 16, 2001 

By THE NEW YORK TIMES




Following is a transcript of the radio communications of
American Airlines Flight 77 (AAL77), which took off from
Dulles International Airport outside Washington on Sept. 11
and then was crashed into the Pentagon. The transcripts
were obtained by The New York Times. 

8:12:29 - AAL77: Good morning ground American seven seven
is off of dixie twenty six with information tango. 

8:12:36 - Ground Control West: American 77 Dulles taxi to
runway three zero. 

8:12:39 - AAL77: Taxi three zero American seven seven.


8:16:01 - Local Control West: American 77, Dulles tower.
Runway three zero taxi into position and hold you'll be
holding for landing traffic one left and for spacing wake
turbulence spacing behind the DC 10. 

8:16:29 - AAL77: And American ah seven seven is ready.


8:16:32 - Local Control West: American 77, Dulles tower.
Runway three zero. Taxi into position and hold you're
holding for wake turbulence landing traffic one left and
you need to be fifteen in trail of that DC 10. 

8:16:41 - AAL77: Position and hold three zero, American
seven seven. 

8:19:20 - Local Control West: American 77 your departure
frequency will be one two five point zero five. Runway
three zero cleared for take off. 

8:19:27 - AAL77: One two five oh five. Runway three zero
cleared for takeoff, American 77. 

8:20:26 - Local Control West: American 77, turn left
heading two seven zero contact departure. 

8:20:31 - AAL77: Two seventy heading departure, American
77. Good day. 

8:20:38 - AAL77: Is with you passing one decimal one for
three. 

8:20:43 - North Departure: American 77, Dulles departure
radar. Contact climb and maintain five thousand. 

8:20:47 - AAL77: Five thousand, American 77. 

8:22:05 -
North Departure: American 77 climb and maintain one one
thousand eleven thousand 

8:22:08 - AAL77: up to one one thousand American 77.


8:23:23 - North Departure: American 77 (whistling sound)
cleared cleared direct linden contact Dulles one one eight
point six seven. 

8:23:28 - AAL77: direct linden eighteen sixty seven
American 77 good day 

8:23:28 - North Departure Low: O.K. O.K. O.K. 

8:23:34 -
Radar Control: Got the board there already 

8:23:36 - North Departure Low: All right we got normal
frequencies all the way around nothing hot at this time.
Ah, traffic where is this where is this go one twenty-eight
where the hell is that? O.K., O.K. 

8:23:43 - AAL77: American 77 with you passing nine decimal
one for eleven one one thousand. 

8:23:47 - North Departure: American 77 Dulles approach
climb and maintain one seven thousand. 

8:23:50 - AAL77: one seven thousand American 77. 

8:23:55
- North Departure Low: O.K., alright. Point outs at this
time you got seven lima vector direct d c a seven thousand
november zero nine romeo is at five thousand he's already
talking to north north sees the traffic, he's going to
climb do whatever he has to do. American 77 is direct
linden climbing to eleven switched and gone one tango seven
is a point out to manassas seven nine xray's been pointed
out to west he's at six thousand on going to join victor
one sixty eight other than that that's all you have. 

8:24:23 - Radar Control: I got it. 

8:25:33 - NH: American
77 contact Washington center one two zero point six five
good luck. 

8:25:37 - AAL77: point six five American 77 thank you ma'am
good day. 

8:25:49 - AAL77: center American 77 with you passing one
three decimal zero for one seven thousand. 

8:25:57 - Controller 5: American 77 Washington center roger
climb and maintain flight level two seven zero. 

8:26:00 - AAL77: two seven zero American 77. 

8:30:38 -
Controller 5: American 77 contact Washington center one
three three point two seven. 

8:30:42 - AAL77: ah thirty three twenty seven American 77.


8:31:08 - AAL77: (unintelligible) American 77 passing two
five decimal one for two seven oh. 

8:31:23 - Controller 3: American 77 ah climb climb and
maintain flight level two niner zero sir. 

8:31:30 - AAL77: two niner zero American 77. 

8:34:16 -
Controller 3: American 77 turn twenty degrees right vector
for your climb. 

8:34:17 - Controller 3: American 77 turn twenty degrees
right vector for your climb. 

8:34:19 - AAL77: turn twenty right American 77. 

8:37:33 -
Controller 3: American 77 recleared direct Charleston climb
and maintain cor correction recleared direct Henderson sir
climb and maintain flight level three niner zero. 

8:37:39 - AAL77: direct Henderson out of two nine for three
nine oh requesting three five zero for a final American 77.


8:37:57 - AAL77: center American 77 you copy request for
three five zero as a final. 

8:38:03 - AAL77: three five zero for a final American 77
thank you sir. 

8:39:30 - Controller 3: American 77 amend your altitude
maintain flight level three three zero for traffic. 

8:39:36 - AAL77: American 77 stop at three three zero.


8:39:52 - Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center in
Leesburg, Va: so who wants to talk to American 77 Bobcat or
Henderson 

8:40:03 - Controller 3: American 77 contact Indy center one
two zero point two seven. 

8:40:06 - AAL77: twenty five seven American 77 thanks sir
good day. 

8:40:14 - AAL77: center American 77 with you level three
three zero. 

8:40:16 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar:
American 77 Indy center roger sqauwk three seven four
three. 

8:40:18 - AAL77: three seven four three American 77.


8:43:52 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar:
American 77 climb and maintain flight level three five
zero. 

8:43:54 - AAL77: thirty three for three five oh American
77. 

8:47:20 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar:
American 77 turn ten degrees to the right vectors for
traffic. 

8:47:23 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar:
American 77 turn ten degrees to the right vectors for
traffic. 

8:47:23 - AAL77: ten right American 77. 

8:47:33 - AAL77: ten right American 77. 

8:50:48 -
Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar: American 77
cleared direct um Falmouth. 

8:50:51 - AAL77: uh direct Falmouth American 77 thank you.


8:56:32 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar:
American 77 Indy. 

8:56:46 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar:
American 77 Indy. 

8:56:53 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar:
American 77 American Indy radio check how do you read. 

8:57:12 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar:
American 77 American Indy radio check how do you read. 

8:57:28 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar:
American alt 77 American radio check how do you read. 

8:57:35 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar:
override beeping. 

8:57:35 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar: this is uh -
Indianapolis Control, Dacos. 

8:57:38 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar: this is uh -
Indianapolis Control, Dacos. 

8:57:55 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: override line beeping. 

8:57:59 - Controller 3: American 77 roger maintain flight
level three five zero show that as your final 

8:58:08 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: outside line ringing. 

8:58:14 - AAL: American dispatch Jim McDonnell. 

8:58:19 -
Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar Associate:
this is indianapolis center trying to get a hold of
American 77. 

8:58:23 - AAL: uh Indys hang on one second please.


8:58:25 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: what 

8:58:26 - AAL: hang on one second sir. 

8:58:28 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: all right 

8:58:30 - AAL: who ya trying to get a hold of. 

8:58:31 -
Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar Associate:
American 77. 

8:58:32 - AAL: O.K. 

8:58:33 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: on frequency one two zero point two seven. 

8:58:35 - AAL: one two zero. 

8:58:36 - Indianapolis
Control, Henderson Sector Radar Associate: point two seven
we were talking to him and all of a sudden it just uh - 

8:58:38 - AAL O.K., all right we'll get a hold of him for
ya. 

8:58:40 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: all right 

8:58:41 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar:
American ah 77 Indy ah center how do you read. 

8:58:51 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar:
American 77 Indy radio check how do you read. 

9:00:25 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar:
American 77 Indy 

9:00:29 - AAL2493: center American ah twenty four ninety
three. 

9:00:31 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar:
American twenty four ninety three go ahead. 

9:00:33 - AAL2493: yeah we uh sent a message to dispatch to
have him come up on twenty twenty seven is that what you
want em to do. 

9:00:41 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar:
yeah we had em on west side of our airspace and they went
into coast and ah don't have a track on em and now he's not
talking to me so we don't know exactly what happened to
him. we're trying to get a hold of him we also contacted
you company so thanks for the help. 

9:00:51 - AAL2493: all right. 

9:01:50 - Indianapolis
Control, Henderson Sector Radar Associate: over ride line
beeping. 

9:02:00 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: outside line ringing 

9:02:07 - AAL: American dispatch Jim McDonnel. 

9:02:09 -
Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar Associate:
yeah this is indianapolis center we uh I don't know if I'm
talking to the same guy about American 77. 

9:02:13 - AAL: yeah I I I cell called him but I did not get
a reply back from him. 

9:02:17 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: we uh we lost track control of the guy he's in
coast track but we haven't we don't where his target is and
we can't get a hold of him um you guys tried him and no
response. 

9:02:26 - AAL: no response (background noise). 

9:02:28 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: yeah we have no radar contact and uh no
communications with him so if you guys could try again. 

9:02:35 - AAL: we're doing it. 

9:02:37 - Indianapolis
Control, Henderson Sector Radar Associate: all right thanks
a lot. 

9:02:38 - AAL: we're doing it thank you. 

9:03:07 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar:
American 77 Indy. 

9:06:20 - Indianapolis Control: override line beeping.


9:06:21 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar Associate:
Falmouth Decos 

9:06:22 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: this is henderson American seventy seven do you
guys have radar on him is he over falmouth or - 

9:06:25 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar Associate: no
we just moved the track there we never you know. 

9:06:27 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: O.K. all right you just have the track out
there. 

9:06:29 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar Associate: you
guys never been able to raise him at all. 

9:06:31 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: no we called company they can't even get a hold
of him so there's no no uh no radio communications and no
radar. 

9:06:36 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar Associate: and
his last clearance as far as you know is on course to
falmouth and then jay one thirty four right well we're just
gonna treat him like non radar and we've already told the
next sector they're gonna have to sterilize for him until
we find out. 

9:06:49 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: O.K. thanks. 

9:06:50 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar Associate: ID.


9:08:43 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: override line beeping. 

9:08:54 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: line ringing. 

9:09: 27: AAL: and it was a Boston-L.A. flight and 77 is a
Dulles-L.A. flight and uh we've had an unconfirmed report a
second airplane just flew into the World Trade Center 

9:09:00 - AAL: American dispatch Jim McDonnel. 

9:09:02 -
Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector radar associate:
Indianapolis Center did you get a hold of American 77 by
chance? 

9:09:05 - AAL: no sir but we have an unconfirmed report the
second airplane hit the World Trade Center and exploded. 

9:09:10 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: say again 

9:09:11 - AAL: you know we lost American eleven to a
highjacking American was off . . . boston to los angeles
flight. 

9:09:17 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: it was all right i can't really I can't hear
what you're saying there you said American eleven. 

9:09:23 - AAL: yes we were hijacked. 

9:09:25 -
Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar Associate: and
it - 

9:09:27 - AAL: and it was a Boston-L.A. flight and 77 is a
Dulles-L.A. flight and uh we've had an unconfirmed report a
second airplane just flew into the World Trade Center. 

9:09:42 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: thank you very much good bye. 

9:10:30 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: calls Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar
Associate line beeps. 

9:10:32 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar Associate:
Indianapolis Control, Dacos. 

9:10:34 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: all right this is Henderson there was an
American eleven departed off of uh New York goinh to L.A.
got hijacked American 77 departed off of Dulles is going to
L.A. dispatch doesn't know where he's at and confirmed that
two airplanes have been uh they crashed into uh the world
trade center in New York so as far as American 77 we don't
know where he is but they say uh American eleven was
hijacked off of a new york airport going to lax and uh 

9:11:07 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos PA: but we don't have
a track on him. 

9:11:07 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: affirmative. 

9:11:10 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar Associate: you
mean like they just took off without a clearance. 

9:11:13 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: no you mean American eleven. 

9:11:14 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar Associate: yep.


9:11:15 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: he he's depart well I guess he did because he
was goin to L.A. 

9:11:17 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar Associate: but
nobody ever tracked American eleven is what i'm asking. 

9:11:20 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: don't know that I don't. 

9:11:22 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar Associate: oh
O.K. 

9:11:23 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: know just where he lefi from or uh. 

9:11:25 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar Associate:
there's no flight plan in the machine right now and - 

9:11:28 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: yeah I just looked at that, too. 

9:11:29 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar Associate: I'm


9:11:30 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: as far as what we know that's that's all we know
I talked to dispatch and that's what they relayed and they
confirmed it here that I guess two airplanes about crashed
into the the trade center. 

9:11:37 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar Associate: huh?


9:11:39 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: all right. 

9:11:40 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar Associate: oh


9:11:40 - Indianapolis Control, Dacos Radar Associate: oh


9:13:54 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: override line beeping. 

9:14:04 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: line ringing. 

9:14:37 - AAL: American dispatch Jim McDonnel. 

9:14:39 -
Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar Associate:
Indy center here. 

9:14:40 - AAL: yes sir. 

9:14:42 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: American eleven you guys said he departed off of
uh New York. 

9:14:45 - AAL: Boston. 

9:14:46 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: Boston he was going to L.A. and it was a
hijacked airplane. 

9:14:49 - AAL: yes. 

9:14:50 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: and you have you heard anything from American
77. 

9:14:52 - AAL: no. 

9:14:52 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: O.K. and if. 

9:14:53 - AAL: I talked to a winder in the center up there
and I gave em them the information I got. 

9:14:55 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: O.K. thanks a lot. 

9:14:56 - AAL: O.K. 

9:14:57 - Indianapolis Control, Henderson Sector Radar
Associate: all right.

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