Exactly 17 years ago today, on 11 September 2001, the world as we knew it changed forever. Two airplanes were hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Centre towers in Manhattan, New York.
Many will remember where they were when they heard the news. But what not many people had seen was the first plane hitting the building – of which there is only one piece of video footage.
The video seems to be from ‘camera practice’ within the fire service. You can hear on the voice over: “Every time the battalion goes, I go, you know I just need some practice, I shoot and I don’t stop.”
You can see firefighters checking what seem to be gas pipes underground using instruments – something that was ‘routine and simple’. Then the workers hear a plane coming over, and the footage shows the staff looking towards the sky, shocked by the proximity of the sound above.
It’s a clear and sunny day, meaning virtually everything is plain to see. The camera pans around as the plane makes contact with the tower and the fear of everyone close by is immediately audible, as smoke and flames engulf the top of the building.
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