They are spectacular, but until now unseen aerial photos of the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Centre.
Now the images collected initially to investigate the possibility of construction defects contributing to the towers’ collapse are on public view. They were only released after the news channel ABC invoked America’s freedom of information act.
“Our job was to observe and see if anybody got to the roof. It’s really a shame but nobody made it there. We tried to look through the smoke and in the areas of the building to see if anybody got there, and then we would notify the larger helicopter to come in for the rescue,” said former police helicopter pilot Greg Semendinger.
ABC says it was given nearly 3,000 photos on nine compact discs. The planned September 11th museum is compiling a digital archive of coverage of the attack, including newsreel footage, written articles and eyewitness accounts. It is likely the final archive will include many more previously unseen images of the tragedy.