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Here are the original 9/11 newscasts and rare New Yorkers’ footage of the Twin Towers being attacked and falling

View of WTC buildings on 9/11. (Jvolkblum/Wikimedia Commons)
September 11, 2020

On Sept. 11, 2001, the world’s deadliest terror attack claimed the lives of 2,977 people.

Here is a montage of the original newscasts as the nation reacts with confusion, then horror, as the Twin Towers come down, then resolve.

During the early parts of 9/11, Peter Jennings was the face of the day’s newscasts. At the time, he could be considered one of America’s most trusted news anchors.

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Here is the original newscast from Peter Jennings as the world slowly realizes what is happening:

While Peter Jennings was on the news, New York’s first responders were on the ground when the towers collapsed. Thousands of people were in the towers, including first responders:

Regular New Yorkers and those across the river in New Jersey took their own videos.

Caroline Dries, an NYU student at the time, shot dramatic home video footage of the 9/11 tragedy. Her and her friends’ reactions are terrifying and really bring home the reaction of the nation:

Here is the South Tower collapsing from a New Yorker’s footage on the ground:

Horrifically, the fires and debris were so intense that people jumped out of the Twin Towers to their deaths (caution: this can be upsetting to watch):

9/11: Never forget.

Here is the timeline of events from that day:

 8:46 a.m. ET – American Airlines Flight 11 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

– 9:03 a.m. ET – United Airlines Flight 175 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

– 9:37 a.m. ET – American Airlines Flight 77 (traveling from Dulles, Virginia, to Los Angeles) strikes the Pentagon Building in Washington.

– 9:59 a.m. ET – South tower of WTC collapses in approximately 10 seconds.

– 10:03 a.m. ET – United Airlines Flight 93 (traveling from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco) crashes in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

– 10:28 a.m. ET – North tower of WTC collapses. The time between the first attack and the collapse of both World Trade Center towers is 102 minutes.