September 15, 2001 12:41 PM

The FBI disclosed at a Friday press conference held by Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller the names of 19 hijackers, several of whom were pilots and had gone to aviation schools in Florida. Among the 19 was Mohamed Atta of Hollywood and Coral Springs, Fla., identified by German authorities as being tied to an Islamic fundamentalist group that planned attacks on American targets. Atta received pilot training at Huffman Aviation in Venice, Fla., and took two three-hour courses at SimCenter Inc. in Opa Locka, Fla., where he trained on a Boeing 727 full-motion flight simulator. Besides Atta, the hijackers who were believed to be pilots included Hani Hajour, who was on the flight that crashed into the Pentagon; Wail Alshehri and Abdulaziz Alomari, who were on one of the Boston flights; Marwan Al-Shehhi, hijacking on United Flight 175 out of Boston and Ziad Jarrahi, who flew on United Flight 93 out of Newark, N.J., which crashed in Pennsylvania. “The fact that there were a number of individuals that happened to have received training at flight schools here is news, quite obviously,” said the FBI’s Mueller. “If we had understood that to be the case, we would have, perhaps one could have, averted this.”

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