FACT CHECK: Video Claims To Show Missile Hitting Pentagon On 9/11

September 14th, 2023
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: A flag adorns the 9/11 Memorial on the twelfth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center site on September 11, 2013 in New York City. The nation is commemorating the anniversary of the 2001 attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Following the attacks in New York, the former location of the Twin Towers has been turned into the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

A video shared on Instagram claims to show a missile hitting the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.


Verdict: False

There was no missile. Video released in 2006 shows American Airlines Flight 77 hitting the Pentagon.

Fact Check:

The U.S. government commemorated the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which killed 2,977 people, according to The Associated Press. Social media users, though, have been spreading claims that it was a missile that hit the Pentagon.

Well, newly released footage of a camera overlooking the Pentagon appears to show none other than a missile hitting the Pentagon,” the video’s caption reads in part.

There was no missile. Pentagon security footage shows American Airlines Flight 77 hitting the Pentagon. The footage was published in 2006 by The Associated Press after the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch sued for its release.


The 9/11 Commission Report states that American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon after being hijacked. The terrorist attack killed all 64 people on board the plane and 125 people at the Pentagon, per the report. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also published photos of the plane debris. (RELATED: Did The Atlantic Publish An Article On 9/11 ‘Bigotry?’)

Check Your Fact previously debunked claims that no planes were used in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Elias Atienza

Senior Reporter