Defense Department estimates 125 killed or unaccounted for

The Defense Department estimates that 125 people were killed or remain unaccounted for in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon.

In all, 189 people died or are unaccounted for, including 64 passengers aboard the hijacked airliner (American Airlines Flight 77) that crashed into the Pentagon.

The Army is missing 22 military, 46 civilians and six contractors � a total of 74. Navy officials reported 33 sailors missing and nine civilians (42 total). Other defense agencies reported eight people who are still unaccounted for.

Initial estimates released Sept. 13 listed 126 as unaccounted for, but two days in a row (Sept. 14 and Sept. 15), DoD officials reduced that number by one. Civilian employee Bryan Jack of Alexandria, Va., was removed from the DoD list Sept. 14, as he was on the passenger list of American Airlines Flight 77. Milford, Mass., native Herbert Homer, a civilian employee of the Defense Contract Management Agency, was removed from the DoD list Sept. 15 as unaccounted-for at the Pentagon; he was on the passenger list of United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York.

One person died later from wounds suffered during the attack, bringing the number to 125 killed or missing.

10/22/01 update:

As of Oct. 22, 118 remains have been recovered from the Pentagon and transported to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Dover AFB, Del., for identification. All 118 have been identified.

11/13/01 update:

The Defense Department confirmed today that two more remains had been recovered and identified, bringing the number of unaccounted-for victims who have been positively identified to 120.

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