Report: Scott AFB commander sent remains of some 9-11 victims to landfill

Report: Scott AFB commander sent remains of some 9-11 victims to landfill

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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn after hijacked planes crashed into them in New York. As the post-Sept. 11 decade ends, some foreign families of the victims are eager to move past the tragedy. But though the pain transcended borders, foreign families have battled to cope with their loss from afar. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff, File)

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Associated Press/KMOV

Posted on March 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 7 at 6:12 PM

WASHINGTON (AP/KMOV) -- A new Pentagon report reveals that partial remains of some 9-11 victims were sent to a landfill after they could not be identified.
   
The victims were among those killed when a terrorist-hijacked airplane struck the Pentagon, killing 184, and another crashed in Shanksville, Pa., killing 40.
   
The report says several portions of remains that could not be tested or identified were given to a bio-medical waste disposal contractor. The contractor incinerated them, then took them to a landfill.  The Washington Post reports a commander at Scott Air Force Base sent an email directing that the remains be disposed of with medical waste and incinerated.
   
The information was in a report on the military's Dover mortuary, where the practice of putting partial unidentified remains in a landfills was discontinued in 2008.
 
Some families of the victims are asking for a congressional hearing in regards to this incident.
 

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