Maj. Ryan Yantis was in the Pentagon watching the news on TV when he saw the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
“When the second one hit there was no doubt in my mind this was a deliberate terrorist attack on America,” said Yantis, who was a public affairs officer at the time.
Still, he had important business to attend to. Just before 9:30 a.m., Yantis left his office to escort a senior officer to a meeting held in another part of the building — but the senior officer could not recall where.
“We stopped in Corridor 4 and we got into a bit of a heated argument over where the meeting was going to be.” Eventually, they found the meeting in Corridor 7, and were eight minutes late when alarms started going off.
“The Pentagon had been attacked between Corridors 4 and 5.”
If Yantis and his colleague had gone straight to the meeting on