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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Picture Of The Day

Looking at pictures like this never gets any easier:

Newly released photographs show what a damaged World Trade Center tower and its collapse looked like from a New York Police Department helicopter as it flew nearby on September 11, 2001, in New York.

The aerial photos were obtained by ABC News after it filed a Freedom of Information Act request last year with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which had collected the images for its investigation into the towers' collapse.

A couple of the images show one of the twin towers burning after a hijacked airplane had flown into it. Others show it collapsing, and the rest show the clouds of debris and dust spreading below after the towers crumbled.

Each of the 12 images offers a rare look at what the devastation looked like from above.
That day is still so fresh in my memory, it's hard to realize that it's been over eight years already. If you're interested, you can read about how I spent 9/11 here as well as my bitching about the excruciatingly slow and bureaucratic process of building the Freedom Tower here.

3 comments:

tnlib said...

These are incredibly powerful photos. The one you have is by far the best but there's something about # 5 that gets my attention. Thanks for putting this up - brings back all the horror.

JBW said...

I find number 5 to be a bit more haunting, Leslie. It invokes what I assume was an eerie silence as the debris and smoke started drifting uptown after the cacophony of the initial collapse. Chilling.

magpie said...

I still feel a tightness below my chest, and a vague feeling of wanting to throw up, every time I see something of that awful day.