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The Pentagon has asked that all Navy and Marine personnel who were in the building at the time of the attack to call in to a toll-free number so that the services can put together a roster.
That number is 1-877-663-6772.
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Families of passengers on the following flights may call the airlines for information at the numbers below:
American Airlines: 1-800-245-0999
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United Airlines: 1-800-932-8555
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The following flights are believed to have been affected in today's attacks:
American Airlines Flight 11: A Boeing 767 en route from Boston to Los Angeles.
American Airlines Flight 77: A Boeing 757 en route from Dulles Airport near Washington to Los Angeles.
United Airlines Flight 93: A Boeing 757, crashed southeast of Pittsburgh while en route from Newark, N.J. to San Francisco.
United Airlines Flight 175: A Boeing 767. The flight was bound from Boston to Los Angeles.
From The Washington Post
Tuesday, September 11, 2001; 12:35 p.m.

What happened?
There has been an apparent coordinated terrorist attack on the United States, starting with two planes that crashed this morning into the World Trade Center. Less than an hour after that attack, a plane crashed on the helicopter landing pad adjacent to the Pentagon, causing a portion of it to collapse. The attacks triggered immediate security measures in the Washington area, including evacuation of the White House, the State Department and the Capitol building.

Mayor Anthony A. Williams declared a state of emergency and called out National Guard troops, primarily to help with gridlocked traffic.

Were there any injuries?
The extent of injuries in the District is not known at this time, but some people were being treated for injuries at the Pentagon.

What does this mean for federal workers?
The federal government closed all facilities around Washington at 10:30 a.m. and told the region's 340,000 federal employees they may leave at their discretion.

"We have told people they may go home immediately. Right now because of the traffic situation the safest place might be their own offices," said Edmund Byrnes, spokesman for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

The Capitol and all congressional offices were evacuated.

So far, officials say there are no plans to close the federal government tomorrow, but the situation will be re-evaluated later in the day. Leave and scheduling issues also will be addressed later today.

What does this mean for District government workers?
The Williams administration has told all non-essential workers at all D.C. agencies to evacuate their offices, and all public services at D.C. agencies, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, have been closed.

The mayor has set up a command post at the emergency operations center in the Reeves Building at 14th and U streets NW.

How has this affected transportation?
The Federal Aviation Administration shut down airports nationwide.

Police closed I-395 northbound at the Pentagon. In the District, Constitution and Independence avenues around the Mall have been shut down. The 14th Street Bridge remained open but jammed. Transportation authorities opened Canal Road to take outbound traffic one-way and encouraged people to use the Southeast Southwest Freeway to leave the city's center.

Traffic heading into the District this morning was jammed on all major thoroughfares and across all bridges. Traffic from the city to the suburbs also began to back up as federal workers were released from work and began heading home.

Is Metro operating?
Metro shut down the Pentagon station just after the explosion at 9:45 a.m. It is unclear if the station was damaged. Outbound trains are being turned around at Arlington Cemetery on the Blue Line and at L'Enfant Plaza on the Yellow Line and Metro officials were scrambling to put together a "bus bridge" to ferry riders around the Pentagon station. Bus service at the Pentagon, one of the biggest transfer points in the region, was halted. A bus bridge was established between Arlington Cemetery and Pentagon City.

What about schools?
Northern Virginia school districts and D.C. schools opted to remain open, while most Maryland schools shut one or two hours early. Almost all districts canceled after school and evening activities.

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