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NYPD Releases Chilling 9/11 Helicopter Photos

NYPD Releases Chilling 9/11 Helicopter Photos


The AP via YellowBrix, NYPD

February 11, 2010

NEW YORK — Newly released aerial photos of the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attack show the towers coming down from a dramatic new angle.

The photos were obtained by ABC News, which filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the National Institute of Standards and Technology last year. The NIST collected the images as part of its investigation into the terrorist attack.

ABC said it was provided 2,779 pictures on nine CDs. Many of the photos, taken from police helicopters, have never been released before.

Twelve of the photos appear on ABC’s Web site. One photo shows a close-up of the upper floors of the burning towers. Others show the towers’ dramatic collapse in a thick plume of smoke and debris and sweeping views of billowing smoke clouds.

All photos courtesy of the NYPD.

This photo of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center is one of 13 taken from a helicopter by New York City police Det. Greg Semendinger.

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  • Steven_82_338_max50


    12 months ago


    I could remember this like it was yesterday! Watching the towers burning all the way from Communipaw Ave & MLK Dr, Jersey City, NJ. Couldn't believe my eyes! My oldest brother delivered papers there, and he was on the train on his way there before the trains all stopped heading that way as things unfolded!

    In NJ, as I was beginning to become more of a young highway driver, from time to time I would get lost and the towers were my landmark, leading me back home every time I've gotten lost. God rest her soul, my mom months before that happened took me and my siblings to a concert there and my younger brother had an accident there, falling down some step in the towers going towards the train station, I fell out thinking he was dead... LOL Fun times though!!

    Deeply sadden by all the lose in the tragic event! Still lost for words!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    12 months ago


    Pagan justos por pecadores.

  • Me_prone_max50


    over 2 years ago


    I remember the towers coming down around us! Still amazed that more people weren't lost!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 2 years ago


    never forget the families and 1st responders..i also think this was an inside job !!

  • Image_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    in sadness may we never drop our watch ever again

  • 100_1599_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    Great photos. May we never forget the families of the 1st responders.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 3 years ago


    I still remember waking up bright and alert before it all happened, feeling like something was terribly wrong. I turned on the news just minutes before the first plane struck thinking, "Omigosh, those premonitions were real."

  • Redhatpicmay25-2_max50


    about 3 years ago


    It still brings me to tears. May we never forget those who dies, especially the first responders who rushed into the danger as others fled from it.

  • Getattachment


    over 4 years ago


    as I was looking through the photos number 7 just stood out to me. It made me cry thinking of what the people were thinking on the ground when they saw this big mass of ash and parts of the building coming at them..... I just cant finnish what i was going to say. to sad. THANK YOU ALL WHO HAVE RISKED THIER LIVES TO SAVE TO PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES IN THIS HORRIBLE TIME OF NEED.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 5 years ago

    Absolutely amazing photos! These should be posted in order to remind us that these attacks have been vowed to continue against us! Never let us forget and Never think it cant happen again!

  • Balo_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    This should never be allowed to happen again. It was a very tragic day. I remember watching it 'LIVE' at an aunt's place in Lagos- Nigeria and Wondering if it was a movie trick only to discover it was for real......and oh i can remember the horrific feeling seeing those people jumping from the towers to thier deaths in a bid to escape th raging inferno......Oh! America, this must never be allowed to happen again.

  • Image_max50


    about 5 years ago


    I've been to NYC and I've seen ground zero. We can look at all these horrible photos and think we've seen the devastation. When you're standing there looking at a gigantic hole in the earth where the towers were, you feel the sadness. It's unlike anything that you will ever feel from photos. I'll never forget.

  • Asafari_max50


    about 5 years ago


    So much tragedy. So much to learn from this.

  • Sitting_050_max50


    over 5 years ago


    AWESOME PHOTOS!!! Thanks for giving a new perpective of the carnage of that day. May we always remember the heroes of the day.

  • Dscn0118_max50


    over 5 years ago


    gave these pictures a thumbs up because I feel it was about time that they were made public. Not because I condone the actions taken by the terrorists that horrible day, but because too many people have become lax and complacent. They have forgotten what happened, not being reminded about the 9/11 attack has made it seem less devestating. We need to be constantly reminded how bad it was so that it won't happen again.

    While advising Japan's military leaders, during WWII, about the futility of invading mainland U.S.A, Admiral Yamamoto stated, "You cannot invade mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass."

    We need to be that nation again. A nation that is patriotic...a nation that is united.

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