It has been 19 long years since the devastating 9/11 attacks and while there are a host of unanswered questions which lead to conspiratorial speculation. Today is an iconic day to remember those who lost their lives on September 11th in the U.S. Coverage of the American Airlines tragedy during which nearly 3,000 perished was the main priority that day for most Western news agencies (the scenes of the twin towers collapsing with distressed people inside were witnessed by an estimated two billion people following the attacks.)
It’s 19 years today, that 19 hijackers associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda committed murder/suicide taking over four fuel-loaded U.S. commercial airplanes, injuring more than 6,000 people. The immediate deaths included 265 on the four planes (including the terrorists), 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area, and 125 at the Pentagon.
Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The 19 men smuggled box-cutters and knives through security at three East Coast airports and boarded four early-morning flights bound for California, chosen because the planes were loaded with fuel for the long transcontinental route.
Anewspost has collected some of the shocking photos of the towers seen on 9/11 from across the internet. From street-shots of the twin towers attack to satellite images of New York City, these historical photos reveal new angles of the horrific day that changed the world and more specifically America forever. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and yet many of these leave you both speechless and breathless.
#1. Bystanders At Park Row And Beekman Street Look Up In Shock As The South Tower Begins To Collapse
#2. A Photographer Leaned Out His Window And Caught The Moment Before The Second Plane’s Impact
#3. People Taking Their Last Breathes Jumping From The Towers Trying To Escape The Flames And Being Burned Alive A Horrific Sight To See.
#4. People Run Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Comes Up The Street From The Collapsing World Trade Center Buildings
#5. A Man Delivering A Package With The World Trade Centers Smoking Behind Him.
#6. American Airlines Flight 11 (Upper Right-Hand Corner Of The Photo) Approaches The North Tower Of The World Trade Center Before Impact.
7. South Tower Of The World Trade Center Amid Collapse
#8. The South Tower Is Falling To The Ground With A Church’s Cross Visible In The Foreground Of The Image.
#9. A Pregnant Woman Is Oblivious To What Is Happening Behind Her While Having Her Picture Taken.
#10. Photo of South Tower Right After The Plane Slammed Into it.
#11. A Man Runs Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Fills The Street From The Collapsing Of The World Trade Center Buildings
#12. Landsat 7 Satellite Image Of New York City Shows Smoke Plume Over NYC.
#13. A Plane Explodes After Hitting The Second Tower Of The World Trade Center As The Other Tower Burns Next To It.
#14. Close Up View Of The First Tower Collapsing.
#15. People Outside Relaxing With The Towers Burning In The Background Of The Scene.
#16. Twin Towers Burn Behind The Iconic Empire State Building.
These are just some of the shocking rare photos found surrounding 911. To those families who lost loved ones on this fateful day we hope you found peace. For the rest of us, September 11th is a day we will never forget ingrained in our history and memory by pictures like those in this article.