mcrom901 on Jul 3 2009, 12:21 AM, said:
Alternative for the path:
Inexperienced pilot navigates directly toward the nav beacon at the Washington National airport (which the path shows the plane flew directly over) until Pentagon is visual. When visual, inexperienced pilot sees he is still too high so begins steep descent and uncoordinated turn in order to hit the target. An experienced pilot would have been more aware of his surroundings and began the descent much qucker for a straight in hit. Plausible. Requires no illogical conclusion jumping. If one wants to they could even argue that the remote control flight path was programmed that way to emulate an inexperienced pilot.