(BUSINESSWEEK) — Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Cremated body parts of some victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were disposed of in a landfill by a contractor to the U.S. military, a Pentagon advisory panel found.
The remains from the attack on the Pentagon and the plane crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, couldn’t be identified and were cremated and sent to the military’s mortuary in Dover, Delaware, the report released today found. The report didn’t indicate any connection to victims of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York.
The disclosure came from an independent review panel examining the practices of the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, the main U.S. entry point for the remains of thousands of troops from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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The report said the “gross mismanagement” in handling the remains, including disposal of body parts in landfills, stemmed from a “lack of clear command authority and supervision.”