Fact Check: Video Does NOT Prove No Planes Were Involved In 9/11 Attacks -- There Are Other Angles, Images, Videos

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  • by: Ed Payne
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Prove No Planes Were Involved In 9/11 Attacks -- There Are Other Angles, Images, Videos We Saw It Live

Does a video showing an explosion at the World Trade Center's South Tower on September 11, 2001, but no aircraft, prove no planes were involved in the 9/11 attacks? No, that's not true: Video and images from other angles show the planes hitting or about to hit the Twin Towers. In addition, The 9/11 Commission Report by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States details the flight paths of the four commercial aircraft hijacked and used in the terrorist attacks.

The claim appeared in a post published on Facebook on May 11, 2022. It opened:

9 I I ... good luck looking for those planes...
They censored well, but not long enough: they did not think that truthers would post their videos years later.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook on May 16, 2022:


(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon May 16 15:17:29 2022 UTC)

The video in the post shows the moment of impact when United Airlines Flight 175 hit the South Tower at 9:03 a.m. ET. The North Tower was already in flames after American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower about 17 minutes earlier. Only the explosion is visible in the Facebook video because the plane hit on the opposite side of the building. CNN's live coverage of the terrorist attacks began shortly after the first plane hit the World Trade Center (WTC). It shows the second plane crashing into the building and the subsequent explosion:

A separate video compilation of the attack shows 50 different views of the plane's impact on the South Tower:

A Google search for "plane hits world trade center south tower" provides multiple views of Flight 175 about to hit the WTC:

planes south tower.png

(Source: Google screenshot taken on Mon May 16 17:23:40 2022 UTC)

AP News also published images of an aircraft crashing into the South Tower, including this one:

AP plane pix.png

(Source: AP Images screenshot taken on Mon May 16 17:34:04 2022 UTC)

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a staff writer at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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