The photos that follow depict the horrible images of the September 11, 2001 attacks and the aftermath of the recovery efforts where some 2800 innocent people died, including those aboard hijacked flights American 11 and United 175. ABC News recently obtained these images after filing a Freedom of Information Act request in 2009 with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which had collected as part of an investigation into the collapse of the World Trade Center. (Det. Greg Semendinger/NYC Police Aviation Unit)
Aerial photos of 9/11 attacks released
NEW YORK — Aerial photographs showing the horrifying collapse of New York’s World Trade Center as seen from a police helicopter have been released for the first time.
The 13 photographs depict the Twin Towers burning and disintegrating into a volcano-like eruption of dust on September 11, 2001.
The pictures — the only known images shot from the air that day — were released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology following a Freedom of Information Act request by ABC News.
The photos are “absolutely core to understanding the visual phenomena of what was happening,” Jan Ramirez of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum told ABC. They are “some of the most exceptional images in the world, I think, of this event.”
Nearly 3,000 people died on 9/11 when hijackers forced two airliners to crash into the World Trade Center. Another plane was flown into the Pentagon outside Washington and a fourth crashed in Pennsylvania.
Photos available at: NYPD World Trade Center 9/11 Aerial Photos, ABC News