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New NYPD Helicopter Video Of 9/11 Terror Attacks Released

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The most devastating attack by a foreign enemy against the United States now has a new angle.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology obtained a recording of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. The NYPD helicopter video spans from shortly after the impacts of American Airlines Flight 11 on the North Tower and United Airlines Flight 175 on the South Tower, to minutes after the Towers collapsed.

Related: Remembering 9/11 – Archival Footage

The pilot flew the police chopper around the Towers, surveying the damage from multiple elevations and vantage points, before setting the aircraft down.

“It’s gone! The whole Tower! They knocked the whole friggin’ thing down!” one officer on board said as he watched the carnage from a cabin window.

After landing, that same officer was asked if he got the Tower shot. His answer: “Right after it. I had it going. I moved over and got the smoke.”

“That’s it. That’s the biggest disaster in the world. Right there,” he later said.

“Be advised the Tower is down. All personnel be advised the North Tower is down,” another officer radioed.

The NIST is part of the Department of Commerce and tasked with promoting “U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.”

The agency obtained the video via a Freedom of Information Act request and conducted an investigation of the September 11 attacks, which began on August 21, 2002.

Its goals were to develop “improvements in the way buildings are designed, constructed, maintained, and used; improved tools and guidance for industry and safety officials; revisions to building and fire codes, standards, and practices; and improved public safety.”

The agency was also responsible for investigating the domestic terror bombing of the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building in 1995, and the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.

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  • Kip

    The only reason so many fire people died is because they didn’t listen to the police telling them not to go in and to evacuate. Like my dad always said if you wanna be a hero then be a fire person

  • jjsmith

    New World Order – blog

  • A Roberts

    where has this video been since 9/11.2001/
    did the cops think they could id the pilot or something,

  • Simon Goldfarb

    Burn Mohammed in effigy right at Ground Zero.Death to the Arab dogs.

    • Mohammed

      go search about 9/11 try to find the truth about it , and stop blaming Muslims and Arab , and insulting Mohammad the prophet , read about Islam , and remember you get your car gas from the Arab dogs.

    • Anon

      I flush him in effigy once or more times daily…let me say it feels great.

  • Steve


  • Bernie Sanders


  • nathan

    If Peter King is smart, he’ll play this on a loop at his hearings.

  • karen s

    thanks michelle! sheri – one of the networks obtained it thru the freedom of information act. truth must be a member of that kansas “church” the supreme court told it was ok to exercise freedom of screech at military funerals. may the victims of 9/11 including several friends of mine rest in peace and their families find solace in their grief. it does not get any easier.

  • Sheri Sacramento, CA

    Why are we just seeing this NOW!

  • michelle

    Oh shut up

    • Patriot

      FREEDOM 911was an inside job, oly MONEY benefitted, We all loso out. WAKE UP Michelle Now.

  • 911 Truth


    911 was a inside job

    • Bernie Sanders

      i agree

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