Jet Fuel Fires
Photographs show extent of fires.
Many witnesses described jet fuel.
The doctor told him that
had he not gone to Georgetown first,
he probably would not have survived
because of the jet fuel in his lungs.
He got thrown into a closet,
the door slammed shut and the fireball went past him,"
recounts Hahr. Jet fuel was on him and it irritated his eyes,
but he didn't get burned.
Buried in debris and covered with airplane fuel,
he was briefly listed by authorities as missing
Now fires were burning closer as deposits of jet fuel ignited.
"You could hear them lighting off," Henson said. "They would go 'poof,'
kind of like when you light a furnace.
... knows what aviation fuel smells like.
That smell was his only clue that a plane had crashed into the Pentagon.
Mark Steven Kirk:
Kirk also went to the site.
"The first thing you smell is the burning.
And then you can smell the aviation fuel.
And then you can smell this sickly, rotten-meat smell," he said.
Daniel C. Pfeilstucker Jr.:
The fire sprinklers came on as the temperature shot up.
Then he smelled jet fuel and smoke.
The putrid odor was seeping into the closet."
It was this odor that I can't describe,
but one that I'll never forget, that's for sure,"
... was in a meeting when the plane hit.
"I ran down the hallway and there was smoke everywhere.
You could smell the jet fuel, it was unbearable"
"There was a hole in the building, and you could smell it in the air.
It's a beautiful day, but
you can smell the burning concrete and burning jet fuel."
"There was a huge fireball," he said,
"followed by the [usual] black cloud of a fuel burn."
Turner, a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War,
said the explosion was just the same as explosions of jet fighters
and helicopters during his tour of duty in 1971.