VIRGINIA BEACH - It was 9:37 a.m. on September 11, 2001 when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, killing the 64 passengers on board as well as 125 people inside the facility. The Virginia Task Force 2 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team was immediately mobilized and arrived at the Pentagon where firefighters continued to fight the fire.
They waited for their moment, after the fire had been contained, to begin their search and rescue operations with other emergency crews from around the nation in the destroyed section of the facility, but it did not come until the following day. On September 12, VATF-2 utilized the equipment and skills they received after the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing at the Pentagon, which included shoring of walls and debris to help aid in the search for possible survivors and victims.
Today, eleven years later, Captains Scott Prentice and Glenn Burnett of VATF-2 shared some of their memories from that tragic event with 13News.