New images of collapsing WTC buildings released

New images of collapsing WTC buildings released

New images of collapsing WTC buildings released

An aerial photograph of the September 11, 2001 attack scene, obtained by ‘ABC News’ from the New York City Police Department, shows the collapsing World Trade Centre. AFP

The photos were taken by New York police photographers from helicopters.

These images are from the 2,779 pictures provided to the news organisation by the country’s National Institute of Standards and Technology which collected them from amateur, professional and freelance photographers as part of its investigation into the collapse of the World Trade Centre.

ABC News obtained the photos after filing a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
One of the released images show a tidal wave of dust and debris roar through lower Manhattan as the World Trade Centre collapses.

Another image captures the sheer size of the debris cloud enveloping buildings and cars as the towers collapse. It shows the cloud spreads out, consuming the surrounding area and moving out over the East River.

The pictures show how the police helicopter first began taking images from afar before moving, the Daily Mail reported.

They also show the horror faced by those trapped in the burning buildings and then the walls of smoke and debris that enveloped the surrounding area as the towers collapsed.
A total of seven World Trade Centre buildings were destroyed and 2,752 people killed as a result of the attack on September 11, 2001 that led to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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