One of the hijackers aboard the plane that crashed into the Pentagon was stopped for speeding within a few miles of the military headquarters six weeks before the attack, police confirmed Tuesday.
Hani Hanjour, who is believed to have piloted the hijacked plane into the Pentagon, was ticketed Aug. 1 for driving 55 mph in a 30 mph zone in the 1800 block of South George Mason Drive, Arlington, Va., police said.
The revelation came on the same day that Maryland State Police released a videotape of a trooper pulling over another of the hijackers, Ziad Samir Jarrah, in Maryland two days before the attacks.
Hanjour, Jarrah and five other hijackers fraudulently obtained Virginia identification cards, federal officials say.
Hanjour was driving a beige Chrysler van with New Jersey license plates when Arlington police pulled him over at 3:19 p.m. Hanjour presented a Florida driver's license that indicated that he lived in Miramar, Fla., though other records show he had a New York address.
"If (the officer) has a crystal ball and he could look forward into time, it would have been a good catch," said Detective Jim Page, an Arlington police spokesman.
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