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Ameer Abbas Bukhari was initially reported by CNN to be one of the hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 11 as part of the September 11, 2001, attacks, and was mistakenly referenced as being the brother of Adnan Bukhari.

Bukhari held a first-class medical certificate issued May 16, 2000, and also held a private pilot's license from the Philippines.

It was initially reported that his name had been found inside the blue Nissan that Mohamed Atta had rented and left in an airport parking lot.

Bukhari was killed exactly a year before the 9/11 attacks, on September 11, 2000, in a midair collision between his Piper Cherokee N9208N and the Piper Aztec N54235 being piloted by Roger Boromei, as both approached the same runway at St. Lucie County International Airport in Fort Pierce, Florida – both aircraft ended up crashing in a nearby citrus grove. At the time of the crash, he had logged 17.5 hours flight time since graduating from the FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida.

The wreckage of the Cherokee was returned to Don Doohen, the maintenance director at the FlightSafety Academy that owned the plane.

Bukhari was cleared of any fault in the post-incident report, which blamed the air controller who had started his shift three minutes earlier.


CNN CORRECTION We would like to correct a report that appeared on CNN. Based on information from multiple law enforcement sources, CNN reported that Adnan Bukhari and Ameer Bukhari of Vero Beach Florida, were suspected to be two of the pilots who crashed planes into the World Trade Center. CNN later learned that Adnan Bukhari is still in Florida, where he was questioned by the FBI. We are sorry for the misinformation. A federal law enforcement source now tells CNN that Bukhari passed an FBI polygraph and is not considered a suspect. Through his attorney, Bukhari says that he is helping authorities. Ameer Bukhari died in a small plane crash last year. - CNN

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