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Archive for Thursday, April 11, 2002

Second agency sends correspondence to 9-11 hijacker

April 11, 2002

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— The Federal Aviation Administration removed one of the Sept. 11 hijackers from its mailing list Wednesday after learning it had sent the man its regional pilots newsletter.

Kathleen Bergen, an FAA spokeswoman in Atlanta, said she did not know why Ziad Samir Jarrah's name had not been taken off the mailing list earlier.

The incident came to light just weeks after it was disclosed the Immigration and Naturalization Service sent official notice to a Florida flight school six months after the attacks that two of the other hijackers had been approved for student visas. The episode embarrassed the INS and prompted a shake-up at the agency.

Jarrah, a 26-year-old from Lebanon, was believed to have piloted United Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania, apparently after the passengers fought back.

The quarterly newsletter addressed to Jarrah was sent to his former apartment near Fort Lauderdale. It wasn't clear when it was mailed.

The issue happened to contain an American flag and an editorial about the World Trade Center attack that read: "We hope for justice to be served to those individuals who horrified our great nation."

The newsletter comes from the agency's Oklahoma City office and is mailed to pilots in five Florida counties, Bergen said. It typically contains reports on local crashes and the lessons to be learned from them.

"It's something completely innocuous," Bergen said of the mailing.

Jarrah was the only one of the 19 hijackers known to be on the mailing list, Bergen said. The FAA's mailing list for its regional newsletters includes the nation's 625,600 pilots, she said.

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