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Pentagon says it may stop search for survivors

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WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials Tuesday said they were considering ending the search for survivors a week after hijackers slammed a plane into the building.

"That is definitely being discussed. I don't believe that decision has been made yet," said Lt. Cmdr. Don Sewell, a spokesman for the Defense Department.

Rescue crews overnight pulled the remains of five more people from the charred site where hijackers crashed an airliner into the five-sided building just outside Washington, leaving 188 people dead or missing.

Sewell said the remains of nine others were identified Monday, bringing the total to 11 at the Pentagon. The remains of 102 bodies have been recovered, of which 97 have been transported to Dover Air Force Base for identification.

Four rescue teams of about 60 members each, along with dozens of medical personnel and firemen, have been working in the area.

Pentagon officials brought some 350 relatives of those killed or missing to the site of the crash Saturday, allowing them to leave behind photographs, flowers and other mementos of their loved ones.