The faces of 9/11 1:37
13 years on, we take a look at some of the heroes and victims of September 11.
- 12 Sep 2014
- The North Tower was hit first and hit highest, leaving people above the impact zone no chance of escape Source: Supplied
IT WAS unquestionably the most terrible day of our age. September 11, 2001.
Almost 3000 innocent people died when terrorists hijacked four civilian planes. Two of the planes struck the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center. One nosedived into the Pentagon in Washington. And one crashed into a field in Pennsylvania thanks to the brave efforts of passengers who stormed the cockpit.
As Americans begin their day of mourning, we’ve compiled 30 images to remind you why this day was so momentous.
Moment of impact: the south tower is hit Source: Supplied
As smoke billows from the north tower, the second hijacked plane bears down on the south tower Source: Supplied
There are many shots from different angles of the planes striking the towers, but one reason there are not thousands of different images is that iPhones had not yet been invented and many phones had no cameras. Source: Supplied
The millisecond before the plane strikes the south tower Source: Supplied
Here’s one for the conspiracy nutters who claim the building was bombed and that there were never any planes. Clue: bombs don’t make plane-shaped holes. Source: Supplied
One of the most horrific and enduring 9/11 images was the people trapped in the upper levels of the twin towers. Many jumped. Some held hands while they did so. At least two hundred people are believed to have taken the fateful plunge. Source: Supplied
Another view of the south tower being struck. Source: Supplied
As office workers descend, heroes ascend. Firefighters carrying huge loads had to walk a few floors at a time, rest for a few seconds, then walk a few more floors. Pic taken by John Labriola, who had an office on 71st floor. Source: Supplied
This picture taken by Associated Press photographer Richard drew was deemed too controversial by most newspaper editors. “The Falling Man” became the subject of a documentary, but the identity of the man plummeting to his death is still disputed. Some families refuse to believe it could be their relative for religious reasons, even though no 9/11 victim has been classified as dying by suicide. Source: AP
The south tower of the World Trade Center was the second hit but first to fall. Source: AFP
Strangers became friends as they fled the horror together. Many remain close to this day, including countless office workers who helped each other out of the twin towers. Source: Supplied
This was a day of mourning for all Americans, whether they knew a victim or not. Source: AP
There were also 125 victims at the Pentagon in Washington — 70 civilian and 55 military personnel. Source: Supplied
There is something about this man’s dust-covered suit and general demeanour which makes this an unforgettable image. Source: Supplied
The force of the world’s highest towers collapsing reduced buildings to ash which coated survivors in a ghoulish cloak. Source: Supplied
Many men hugged on a day when over 400 emergency workers were killed. Source: Supplied
Not much left: this would not be one of those searches where victims emerged for days to come Source: Supplied
Fire soon spread to many nearby buildings Source: Supplied
And sometimes the heroes needed a little attention themselves. Source: Supplied
People had no idea if the dust cloud would kill them, hence the terror. Source: Supplied
No, this is not a still from the latest blockbuster disaster movie. It’s yet another 9/11 hero carrying yet another survivor to safety. Source: AP
While for some, words just couldn’t describe the horror. Source: Supplied
The North tower was hit first and collapsed second, possibly because it was hit higher. Source: AP
The search continued in vain. Source: Supplied
This guy wasn’t alone in seeking comfort in a familiar symbol after the attacks. Source: Supplied
Manhattan was bathed in an eerie smoke for days afterwards Source: Supplied
With bridges and tunnels closed to all but emergency vehicles, New Yorkers had no choice but to walk home. The green sign on the left says: Welcome to Manhattan Source: Supplied
Engineers say that the World Trade Centers had an unusual design, where much of the structural load was carried by the exterior shell of the building rather than central columns. So when that shell was pierced, the buildings were weakened significantly, precipitating their collapse. Source: AFP
This film contains sensitive material and is not suitable for children under 18 years of age!!
This is actual footage taken, as it happened…
NEVER FORGET 9-11 !!