NIST releases aerial photos of 9/11 attacks only after FOIA request from ABC News


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

AFP | Feb 12, 2010

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.


A view of the collapsing World Trade Center on 9/11. AFP.

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 dust-and-debris cloud settles over lower Manhattan after the collapse of the second World Trade Center tower. (Det. Greg Semendinger/NYC Police Aviation Unit)

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.”


NYPD World Trade Center 9/11 Aerials (Det. Greg Semendinger/NYC Police Aviation Unit)

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

One response to “NIST releases aerial photos of 9/11 attacks only after FOIA request from ABC News

  1. Why are these images being sold as “new” ?
    I have had 128 of the 250 images the cop took since 2006 and they are all over the web. fex on Judy Woods website . The media are portraying these images as “new” worldwide, only goes to show what lousy research they have done .

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