A newly released video shows the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center from the vantage point of a NYPD helicopter. The tape, which had previously been reviewed from investigators at National Institute of Standards and Technology, was leaked to the internet by the website Cryptonome on Sunday.
The harrowing video captures the reaction of NYPD officers as they watch the first and second towers collapse. “The whole side! It’s gone!” one man shouts at the north tower collapses and lower Manhattan is engulfed in smoke. “The whole tower! It’s gone! Holy crap! They knocked the whole freakin’ thing down!”
Minutes later, after the helicopter has landed, the south tower falls. “That’s it,” one officer observes. “That’s the biggest disaster in the world, probably, right there.”