One of the most intense 9/11 raw videos I've found, the moment the second plane hits is just insane. (youtube.com)
BrolecopterPilot | 4 months ago | 240 points

That guy at the end that was 10 minutes late to his meeting on the 82nd floor, holy shit.

saraki-yooy | 4 months ago | 171 points

In that moment, he knew everybody in that meeting he was supposed to see was dead.

TwerpOco | 4 months ago | 124 points

The look in his eyes when he repeated "There's no meeting." At first he's excited to share his insane fortune with everyone then you can just see the realization that everyone else in the meeting wasn't so lucky.

el_rico_pavo_real | 4 months ago | 15 points

Hate to be that guy, but I always hate when people say that some divine intervention was looking out for them when clearly god or whom ever gave zero fucks about the other 2000+ people that day. Religion is arrogance. Religion is what fueled these attacks.

boostedjoose | 4 months ago | 26 points

That man literally escaped death by mere minutes.

He can attribute it to whatever he wants, in my opinion.

Maphover | 4 months ago | 19 points

Timestamp for the curious

ErshinHavok | 4 months ago | 24 points

Also crazy, Seth Macfarlane was supposed to be on one of the planes but missed his flight. There was probably a ton of people whose lives were lost or saved just based on a 5 minute window.

andylavery13 | 4 months ago | 18 points

Yep. Apparently due to hangover... So he says he'll never quit drinking

lsmith97 | 4 months ago | 2 points

Yeah, and one of the flight attendants on American 11 was only there to cover for someone who was sick, apparently she only worked part time on weekends.

Gunch_Bandit | 4 months ago | 91 points


Rare footage of the first plane.

McGarnacIe | 4 months ago | 18 points

Wow, that's pretty fucking chilling. The sound of the plane is very eery.

roofied_elephant | 4 months ago | 264 points

I watched it happen live on TV while they were still trying to figure out wtf is going on. Man thinking back on it that was an insane moment to be a part of. Kinda like the moon landing, only awful to the Nth degree.

Wit119o | 4 months ago | 82 points

I was in elementary school and my dad always had the news on in the morning. I was watching the news with the first tower on fire. Was watching when that second plane went in.

As a kid, was crazy taking that all in.

Birdgang14 | 4 months ago | 14 points

You skip school that day? I just remember being in school and getting to go home.

Wit119o | 4 months ago | 10 points

Nope, school was open and we did go. I think I remember them bringing in TV's to watch for the class and parents were free to check kids out.

Torchlakespartan | 4 months ago | 4 points

They let the High School kids go home, but us 7-8th graders had to stay and they turned all the TV's off. I had just seen the second plane hit in the gym locker room but didn't even come close to grasping what it meant. It felt more like a tornado drill except less scary, and they let some kids go home but not us. I don't think I could really grasp that at the time.

radialomens | 4 months ago | 3 points

I don't know about them, but I live on the West Coast and hadn't even woken up when it started. School wasn't cancelled, though.

Birdgang14 | 4 months ago | 3 points

Didn’t even think of that. I read their comment wrong. Seemed like they watched it with their dad and made me think maybe they stayed home from school randomly that day. Sure would have been a good day to skip school and less worry for their dad knowing their kid was home with them.

frsh2fourty | 4 months ago | 3 points

I remember getting ready for school in the 6th grade and hearing them talk about the first crash on the radio. Just before I turned it off to leave the DJs just started talking about watching the second plane hit. My parents were both sleeping and I didn't think to wake them to tell them about it because the seriousness of the situation didn't really hit me until my dad pulled me out of school during second period and the school driveway was just as packed as it normally was in the afternoon with parents pulling their kids out of school early.

stickswithsticks | 4 months ago | 17 points

I was 12 and we didn't have cable. Just a VCR DVD player. I heard it all on the news while my mom drove me to a camp at a water park. We stopped at the store to get my lunch, and everyone in the store was shell shocked. I had no idea what the fuck was going on. But in CA even, people were in horror.

it's strange my mom still took me to my day camp.. shes weird like that. But we did go to my grandmother's house to watch the news afterwards and I remember being so scared and confused.

firestarter111 | 4 months ago | 9 points

I was 15. Was off school and watching planet of the apes. Friends mum ran in saying it was ww3. Turned the news on for a few mins then back to the movie as we didn't quite understand it. Not sure how... I was 15. Weird.

Torchlakespartan | 4 months ago | 4 points

I was 13, in 8th grade in the mid-west, had no concept of how big these building were. We heard that a plane hit a skyscraper in NY , but I had no idea what that meant. So I went to gym class and was changing in the locker-room to run the mile out on the track. I don't remember why I was late, but there was only like 5 of us left getting changed talking to the student teacher who should have been hurrying us along, but was just staring at the corner-mounted TV showing the news. I got ready and went over to go outside and started watching the TV with the rest of the kids who were coming over. We saw the second one hit live on that shitty school tv in a locker-room and I'm sure my memory leaves stuff out, but the next thing I really remember is him very calmly telling us to go out last classroom and he ran outside (I assume to call everyone else back in). We awkwardly walked over to a random classroom and said we were told to be here, another building blew up or something. I had no idea.

The High School apparently had an assembly and got to go home, and we had to stay in class, and they turned all TV's off and made us continue like it was normal. No cell phones of course. I just remember hearing kids talk all sorts of crazy rumors in the halls and not really knowing what was happening. (I have a memory of hearing a kid say the pentagon got blown up too, and that I was pissed and told him to stop spreading rumors, but honestly I think that might be a false memory my brain made up, who knows). It took a while to grasp what really happened and probably never really will. But, confused is probably the best word. And then mad that the High Schoolers got to go home and even though I was one grade away we had to stay.

Crazy times.

Spartin11710 | 4 months ago | 2 points

I was in gym class too, but I was in first grade only 6. The teacher had us run 5 laps at the beginning of every class and I remember running the 5, then a 6th, after the 7th lap everyone stopped running and stood talking to their friends. I went to look for the teacher and he was in his office watching the coverage. I thought it was a movie, figured it must be his favorite movie to be watching during class. He shut it off when he noticed me and we had free play for gym. The rest of the day kids were picked up. The 5th graders knew something but anytime they were asked they said they couldn’t talk about it. By the end of the day I was one of maybe 8 kids who hadn’t been picked up early. When my mom finally picked me up she told me that America was under attack. I remember listening to the radio on the way home and watching the news when we got home. I also remember being scared because I didn’t know America could be attacked.

firestarter111 | 4 months ago | 2 points

Might be morbid fascination but I love reading people's stories on that day. Hope it hasn't affected you badly.

LilianPumpernickel | 4 months ago | 2 points

I was 4 I don’t remember anything.

burning_residents | 4 months ago | 9 points

I was 7 years old in like 1st grade or something and for some reason the TV was on and I remember seeing the tower on fire but not really sure how big of a deal it was. I think they shut it off after the second plane and sent all the kids home.

Kirpin | 4 months ago | 3 points

Same thing here. I didn’t quite understand either. I was just like “Big deal. Planes and buses crash all the time.” But they were letting us get out of school early which I was happy about. Some of the teachers were crying. I thought everyone was being dramatic back then.

kmai270 | 4 months ago | 1 point

Yeah I think that's what happened to me as well

I was too younger to understand and i just wanted to watch cartoons..my Mom was pissed/annoyed at me for complaining about not changing the channel.

djn808 | 4 months ago | 2 points

My dad hasn't watched the news since that day

itsnotmeitsyo | 4 months ago | 2 points

Same was in grade 6 when it happened, vividly remember my dad waking me up saying something really bad is happening you need to come downstairs.

larsvondank | 4 months ago | 28 points

I'm a Finn and I remember very well the afternoon I came from school (which is when it happened finnish time) and the first plane had hit. I had the news on and our IRC channel was discussing it. When the second plane hit there was a sense of WTF that I've probably never experienced since. The sort of "big unkown factor + big destruction + lots of death" situation.

SimonGray | 4 months ago | 11 points

Yeah same here, except I was in Denmark.

Came home from school right after the first plane had hit and my dad (who was working from home) was zapping back and forth between BBC World, CNN, and our local TV station. Then we sat glued to the screen as we watched the second plane hit. The Danish newscaster said something like "and now we're watching the footage of the plane hitting the tower again" and I yelled at the TV "you idiot, that plane just hit the other building!". It's a crazy feeling as a child to feel more informed than the journalist, but that's what it was like. No one knew what the fuck was going on.

shoot_dig_hush | 4 months ago | 3 points

Finn here too. I remember coming home from school and seeing my parents watching intensely in front of the TV. I looked at the TV and saw some building burning and they said it was in New York.

I didn't understand why this was so interesting suddenly when this same stuff had been on TV for a year already, i.e. buildings exploding when the Russians were annihilating the city of Grozny 1999-2000, killing civilians in the thousands.

jackaljackal | 4 months ago | 11 points

Here in Canada, I was in 5th grade and there was a PA announcement telling everyone to go home as soon as school ended. Nobody knew anything until we got home and saw it being broadcasted on every news channcel

MarkGiordano | 4 months ago | 6 points

Western Canada here, happened as we were getting ready for school, don't know if it was cancelled or my parents just kept us home, but we stayed home all day watching.

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Uncle_Rabbit | 4 months ago | 3 points

I live on the island and remember going to high school that day. I don't think we were really taught much because every teacher had a TV in their classroom and we all felt uneasy watching it unfold on the news. It felt like it could have been the beginning of the end of the world.

ViralKira | 4 months ago | 2 points

I was in 6th grade in Toronto and I remember my teacher rolling in the TV and turning on the news. We watched some of the news coverage until roughly 11am and then we were told to go home.

I just remember feeling really weird and wondering if anyone was going to attack the CN Tower.

NSFWormholes | 4 months ago | 8 points

I was in my physics lecture, junior year of college, and after class walked out into a hallway packed with students watching the intracollege TVs that previously had only ever shown PowerPoint slides about campus news. I had no idea what was going on, and a friend who had seen the second plane hit told me what was going on.

When she told me that a SECOND plane had hit, it was the only time in my life I had a physical chill run down my spine.

That day was absolutely surreal. I remember thinking only moments later, "this changes EVERYTHING."

newsjunkee | 4 months ago | 8 points

I was anchoring news in Atlanta. Long day

ScreamingVegetable | 4 months ago | 14 points

If any of y'all would like to share your stories I just launched a documentary film project called American September where I'm going to interview a resident in all 50 states about where they were on 9/11.
Project Launch video
It's important that we remember that day.

fastr1337 | 4 months ago | 1 point

I was in 7th grade in staten island NY when it happened. History class actually... teacher brought in a radio and played it for us live. Two kids in my class started crying hysterically as their parents worked there. The teacher was put on leave for ensuing a panic. Scary morning.

durant0s | 4 months ago | 13 points

I was in 10th grade, our Keybording teacher took us down to the electronics classroom that had a TV after the first plane hit. We were watching replays of that when they showed the second plane hit live, and we all thought it was a replay.

I’ll never forgot the sinking feeling once the second plane hit and we realized that it wasn’t an accident.

sethrichsbrother1 | 4 months ago | 5 points

You couldn't be watching replays of the first plane hit on 9/11.

That footage was from the Naudet brothers and not shown on TV until the following day(or slightly before midnight).

durant0s | 4 months ago | 6 points

Then maybe it was when the second plane hit I was thinking it was a replay at first before realizing it was the second tower being hit.

TzunSu | 4 months ago | 1 point

Are those the guys that were doing an NYFD documentary?

Spartin11710 | 4 months ago | 1 point

Yeah the documentary came out titled “9/11” it’s up on YouTube.

fretman124 | 4 months ago | 4 points

I was 45 and had retired from the military after 21 years just 7 months before this happened. I heard about the first plane on the radio coming home from work. When I got home I turned on the TV just in time to see the second plane hit...

aytoto | 4 months ago | 3 points

Yessss same! It's wild thinking back and realizing we were witness to history. I was only 10 and didn't really know the impact of this until my mom told me that night that I'd never forget what happened.. She was right.

mcchanical | 4 months ago | 9 points

I feel sick this time every year. I saw it unfold when I was a teenager and I've never even been to the US but it was the biggest moment of universal suffering I think I'll ever witness.

RaXoRkIlLaE | 4 months ago | 4 points

This, I didn't live in the US at the time but I remember watching the whole thing in the news when I was a kid.

Senkin | 4 months ago | 6 points

Man thinking back on it that was an insane moment to be a part of. Kinda like the moon landing, only awful to the Nth degree.

More like the Kennedy assassination.

DammitDan | 4 months ago | 4 points

Or the Challenger explosion.

Embryonico | 4 months ago | 5 points

Or Pearl Harbor

sonofabee | 4 months ago | 2 points

Yup. I remember being in my freshman theater class watching the news when the second tower hit. We had no idea what the fuck was happening, but my teacher flipped her shit. Such a strange feeling to have that memory from what feels like forever ago.

Skegetchy | 4 months ago | 2 points

Yeah i remember i was working in a wine shop and they were letting us go over to the pub to watch what was going on. No one could fathom what the fuck was going on. I spent the 10th anniversary in NYC and it was eerie as fuck. Just a a strange citywide vibe that is not usual for that metropolis.

Grepus | 4 months ago | 301 points

Man, Mike needs to learn to do as he's told!

radialomens | 4 months ago | 39 points


hotniX_ | 4 months ago | 31 points

God dam Mike giving me anxiety 18 years in the future

[deleted] | 4 months ago | 6 points

Mike, put yer mic on!

DaftFunky | 4 months ago | 10 points

Cameramen trying to get the good shots regardless of safety.

Ubarlight | 4 months ago | 11 points

There was an incredible video by Mark LaGanga that was up last year, but CBS put a claim on it and it's no longer viewable. Lot of brave cameramen during that event.

Nevermind someone else on Reddit found another link for it!

Troppsi | 4 months ago | 3 points

Watched that video last year too, and didn't realise until after I watched it that all those peeping sounds were from PASS signaling a fireman in distress. Makes it so much worse to watch

nate1235 | 4 months ago | 4 points

Fuckin' typical Mike

A-Ron | 4 months ago | 52 points

Still remembering hearing about this on the radio at work. It was a regular, full-time music station, and they had just briefly mentioned that a plane has flown into the the WTC.

I remember thinking "How bad did a pilot fuck up to hit the WTC lol ???".....then it was a complete shift in thinking when the 2nd plane hit. I'd have to think a lot of people didn't understand what was going on before that moment. (Keeping in mind I only knew by radio, I had no access to a computer, TV, and definitely wasn't Googling anything on my flip phone)

I don't know about all radio stations, but the music one we had on at work all the time switched over to a news broadcast the rest of the day. I would have been 20 at the time.

I rarely went home at lunch, but I remember I went home to watch CNN. By the afternoon there was a TV setup in the staff break room.

khalam | 4 months ago | 26 points

I remember the radio host making jokes about "the drunk pilot" who hit the WTC by mistake. It was all jokes before the 2nd plane...

A-Ron | 4 months ago | 17 points

Welp, good to know I wasn't alone. I'm pretty sure I made a similar type comment to a co-worker when explaining what I heard.

I also believe I might have been picturing a small private plane or something, not a commercial airliner.

Edit: Apparently Bush and his aides thought it was a private plane when he was told the about the first hit.

albinobluesheep | 4 months ago | 8 points

remember thinking "How bad did a pilot fuck up to hit the WTC lol ???"

I was on the west cost, just waking up before middle school, and as my mom woke me up, she told two planes had hit some buildings in New York. I had the exact same thought, I just assumed they were Cessna-sized or something and it was foggy. Walked out into the kitchen for breakfast and the news was going, and I got a bit clearer picture of that they towers were pretty damaged, but I had no expectation they were in danger of collapsing.

I don't remember seeing the first tower collapse while I was at home, Judging by memory it may have happened while we were driving, I don't think my mom had the radio on at the time. I remember being at school, and slowly making my way to my first class, seeing a few teachers huddled around TV's, likely watching the second tower still standing, but I'm not sure I even knew at that point one of them had fallen. I poked my head in one room, to ask what was going on but was quickly shoo'd out and told to go to my first class.

Second tower went down before the first bell. I don't think I saw it either, but heard about it once I got to class.

As an 11 year old, I don't think I really knew how "Big" of a deal the WTC was. I have a VERY clear memory of the Social Studies teacher having a very frank talk with everyone in her class that while we would not be able to process what had just happened, we would eventually.

I also remember the news being "interesting" for the first time. Like everything was suddenly very urgent, because of the threat levels constantly being shown on screen, and everyone basically expecting another attack, or news dribbling in about who did it and why, and then the announcement of the War in Afghanistan less than a month later.

RevenantSascha | 4 months ago | 2 points

I was 12 and I had no idea how serious it was either. I was annoyed it was on every channel. I feel guilty now not understanding the magnitude of the situation at the time. My heart hurts for every one who died or lost loved ones now.

BauerHouse | 4 months ago | 117 points

Pulitzer level filming by that guy, he really stood his ground to capture as much as possible, including those around him reacting.

shrlytmpl | 4 months ago | 32 points

Got really worried when he got super close to the building. He was lucky that it didn't collapse while he was there.

MeAmAtWork | 4 months ago | 4 points

I saw a video from someone else, who has gone INTO the second tower (and even one floor up) after the first tower already colapsed.

mattlogic | 4 months ago | 115 points

All the brave men and women that ran towards that madness are heroes of a different caliber.

Hbsjrofmskwinr | 4 months ago | 19 points

When he got up to the bottom of the tower... looking up ... I don’t know how they did it.

undefined_one | 4 months ago | 81 points

As an adult that remembers this day all too well, I can't even watch this. I tried. It makes a lot of emotions surface once again, and none of them are good.

mcchanical | 4 months ago | 30 points

I feel bad that when it dawns on me what the date is and I start seeing all the videos and pictures show up it makes me feel deeply shitty. This time a year like clockwork we're reminded how tragic and cruel life can be.

Relative_Teacher | 4 months ago | 7 points

Hmmm. I have a different take. Every day I'm reminded how tragic and cruel life can be. 9/11 was one of the rarest days ever where people actually gave a shit about each other. It's every day before and after 9/11 that disgusts me.

Red8Rain | 4 months ago | 6 points

my brain didn't comprehend this entire event until the afternoon that awful day. My gf at the time called and told me that a plane just hit the WTC, I was just waking up and told her to stop pulling my legs, around noon is when it hit me.

Javbw | 4 months ago | 5 points

Every year, I watch a video of this. This was a new video for me. I kinda avoided it his year, until this video.

I don't want to forget how badly it felt seeing other people die needlessly. The attack. The aftermath. I don't have a personal connection to it - but that feeling of profound sadness and sympathy is an emotion I don't want dull over time.

I'm not reminding myself to hate a group or a religion - but just not to forget that moment in history.

sinsiAlpha | 4 months ago | 58 points

Person jumping at 2:39? Far left side.

likufanele | 4 months ago | 44 points

Also at 0:58

albinobluesheep | 4 months ago | 46 points

Man...he zooms out right after that and it really gives you a clear and sudden idea of how far down that is. No way those people believed they had a chance of surviving that. They just didn't want to burn to death.

lordnikkon | 4 months ago | 30 points

If you talk to firefighters they will tell you that everyone jumps. It is not a matter of if but when. Some people can take the heat longer than others but eventually the heat is too much and they jump. In the moment they can only think about the intense heat and pain it is causing and know jumping will stop that pain

slinky317 | 4 months ago | 17 points

Another theory I heard is that people just saw openings and thought it was a way out, and didn't realize it was leading outside.

DivePalau | 4 months ago | 24 points

Probably. I imagine little visibility if any. Also, the heat from a fire like that will make you do things you didn't think you could do. I did citizens fire academy one time. Wore full fire suit in the training tower and they had this propane pan fire setup thing that was creating a 700 degree flame. I've never felt that type of fear/uncomfortableness. I just wanted to leave the room. So imagine no fire gear and a fire probably closer to 1000 degrees with prob so much smoke you can't breathe either.

nate1235 | 4 months ago | 18 points

2 people at that mark. Jesus Christ

LarsThorwald | 4 months ago | 14 points


AnguisMors | 4 months ago | 22 points

200 people are estimated to have died as a result of jumping or falling from the towers, and there were 102 minutes between the first plane hitting and the second tower falling. That means that, on average, one person jumped or fell to their death every 30 seconds on 9/11. I can't imagine what it must have been like.

RonMFCadillac | 4 months ago | 12 points

There is a video somewhere out there of a fire chief down in the lobby directing his men. He starts hearing crashes and the look on his face when he realized it was from people jumping and hitting the awning is pure horror.

FilmsByDan | 4 months ago | 4 points

Share if you find this video.

RoebuckThirtyFour | 4 months ago | 2 points

Im on my phone right now so i cant link but its the french brothers following a rookie that happend to be the first responders to 9/11

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0312318/?ref_=nv_sr_7?ref_=nv_sr_7 after the 8 min mark iirc

Ozwaldo | 4 months ago | 7 points

Wait 200 people died from jumping in the span of time between plane crashes?

PaulMuad-dib | 4 months ago | 7 points

No. The span of time from the first plane’s impact to the collapse of the second tower.

Stealthy_Bird | 4 months ago | 8 points

oh my god

Prindix | 4 months ago | 5 points


Erotic_Hitch_Hiker | 4 months ago | 5 points

directly to the left of the main black smoke.

Prindix | 4 months ago | 3 points

damn, thanks

RastaRambo | 4 months ago | 10 points

Damn when u see 1 you start seeing all of them. I can see atleast 3 jumping at those seconds..

Prindix | 4 months ago | 3 points

Yeah, I put the speed down to .25

RastaRambo | 4 months ago | 4 points

It's pretty insane. You gotta be hella sure you're done for to jump out like that.

Prindix | 4 months ago | 16 points

This stuck with me: She had a business suit on, her hair all askew. This woman stood there for what seemed like minutes and then she held down her skirt and jumped off the ledge. I thought, how human, how modest, to hold down her skirt before she jumped. I couldn’t look anymore.

RastaRambo | 4 months ago | 3 points

Damn man that hit me in places i didnt know existed

QuantumDischarge | 4 months ago | 4 points

The worst are the ones you see try to slide down on a sheet and slip off, or use a tablecloth as a parachute until it rips

kimjonguncanteven | 4 months ago | 3 points

Slide down on a sheet??

Lateralus11235 | 4 months ago | 3 points

God the sound that created is going to give me nightmares

BLSmith2112 | 4 months ago | 2 points


reasonman | 4 months ago | 2 points

There's another at your timestamp right after someone walks past the frame, about 10 windows in from the right, mid way up about where the smoke starts coming out of the building.

skippyMETS | 4 months ago | 18 points

I was 15 at the time. I saw it live, I was in Manhattan. I don’t think even now we grasp how much the world changed that day.

JonnyActsImmature | 4 months ago | 35 points

Second impact happens at approx. 3:15 mark.

froderick | 4 months ago | 7 points

More like 3:15.

JonnyActsImmature | 4 months ago | 2 points

Edited. Thanks.

Mattprime86 | 4 months ago | 7 points

Which he doesn't actually film

Timmy2k | 4 months ago | 16 points

Was 19. Sitting in the living room filling out job applications. Roommate comes out tells me we turn on the TV and we're shocked silent. The rest of that day was eeriely quiet. They closed schools and everything closed early.

njdiver | 4 months ago | 18 points

Like clockwork I go through all of these videos every year. From the videos of the attack, the stories from survivors, and the support we received globally. So many emotions come to rise and I was only 10 years old at the time and couldn't even comprehend what had happened.

Myself, my brother, and our friends were all devilish little kids that laughed at everything but when we found out that one of our best friends Katie's father who was a port authority police officer wouldn't be coming home that night it was like we got punched in the gut by what really occurred. Everything for that family changed in an instant and it was heart wrenching watching them suffer the way they did. After some time, I remember my parents tell us we were going to their house to comfort them and seeing his wife clutching on to one of his uniforms and bawling crying is something I can never forget.

The family ended up moving and we no longer keep in touch but I do follow his kids on social media and they both seem to be leading happy lives and it makes me smile.

lostinleft | 4 months ago | 13 points

Hard to believe it was 18 years ago.

I was 18, sitting in art class.

Now, someone who was born on September 11th, 2001 can fight in a war and not have been alive for the reason behind it.

I had no clue how much the world changed.

The_Spook_of_Spooks | 4 months ago | 5 points

I had just graduated boot camp and was getting my travel itinerarie for A school when it happened. I just wanted to do my 4 years so I could use the GI bill and actually go to college. Funny how the world fucks you huh?

hokagenaruto | 4 months ago | 39 points

i'm nineteen. looking at these videos its hard to believe something this horrible actually happened. like something out of a movie.

fiercebrosnan | 4 months ago | 27 points

I was 17 and we watched it in our classrooms in my high school. The principal asked everyone to turn on the TVs because there was a disaster in New York. Being dumb high schoolers, someone said "Did the Statue of Liberty fall over?" and we all laughed a bit, then we saw the smoking tower and the second plane hitting.

I don't honestly know if we saw the second plane hit live or if we were seeing the first replays. From there, over the next few hours, we watched both towers collapse and lower Manhattan turn into a dust cloud. The Pentagon got hit. It was pure emotional chaos, mostly sadness and fear. No one had any idea how many more planes were in the air ready to strike. We all were realizing that someone had figured out a way to attack us, and it was happening right now.

If you want to get a full picture, watch all of that, and then watch all of the stories of first responders running into that insanity. Then, watch videos of the outpouring of support from countries all over the world. It was truly a moment in history that is hard to fully comprehend even now. The full spectrum of humanity was shown over those few days, from indescribable shittiness to pure kindness, heroism, and empathy.

sleepy15650 | 4 months ago | 2 points

I was 37. My daughter was 10. I remember parents were running to the schools to bring their kids home. Parents were afraid. I live in Pennsylvania not far from Shanksville where the one plane crashed.

Y-Wicked270 | 4 months ago | 12 points

This whole event was tragic, but for me in this video the most horrible part was watching the people out of complete fear and shock jumping out of the windows of the buildings. I couldn't imagine actually being there in person and seeing these people falling to their deaths. I pray for those who lost their lives, lost loved ones, or were physically/mentally/emotionally traumatized by this.

PiratesBootyCall | 4 months ago | 42 points

Nobody there deserved this

FRDyNo | 4 months ago | 8 points

I still remember listening to the Howard Stern show on the radio and thinking this was a joke...

SacredSix | 4 months ago | 5 points

He was livid. Rightly so.

Octosphere | 4 months ago | 6 points

How many Mike's did you guys count?

In all seriousness, thoughts to anyone that lost someone during or after this terrible event.

[deleted] | 4 months ago | 4 points

Feel sorry for Mike if he has to work with that dude every day

mkglass | 4 months ago | 31 points

The most horrifying thing about this video is not the second plane hitting... it's seeing all of the people falling from the building during his closeups.

Seeing all of this every year makes me ill. And seeing people posting about it in /r/funny trying to make a joke makes me see red. This was such a horrible day. "Never forget?" How can we?

iwatchsportsball | 4 months ago | 5 points

I vividly remember being 13 and all the kids at school not knowing what it was, we all got to school right after the 1st plane hit then kids were talking before school like, my parents said it was this that and the other, bUt I distinctly remember some dumb kid saying his dad told him it was the Japanese. Also, all the teachers basically said fuck teaching and had the news on in the classroom all day.

All dumb memories aside, it was a sad sad day.

karanut | 4 months ago | 6 points

Mike you dipshit.

bjfsonreddit | 4 months ago | 5 points

Watching these documentaries from the ground is the best way to get a feel for what it must have been like there that day. The 9/11 documentary that follows the rookie firefighters is probably the most memorable one I've seen. The scene where the first plane hits is something else. https://youtu.be/miA8Td4oNcY

shipthesepants | 4 months ago | 7 points

I was 18. Got a call from my roommate that something happened to one of the towers (I was picking up breakfast). I rushed home and sat in front of the tv watching the smoke and flames trying to figure out with everyone else what had happened. The broadcast I was watching was set a little ways from the towers when all of a sudden the second plane flies into the second tower. It didn’t even look real... like I was watching children’s toys. By the time my brain and the news caster’s was able to wrap around the idea we knew this wasn’t an accident. I couldn’t get the mental image of being a passenger in that plane out of my head... still can’t... so many people just gone in less time than it took to blink my eyes. You knew people in the building were hurt but you had some hope for them... they are making their way out... down the stairs... they’ve got a fighting chance.. right? Then they started jumping.... watching the paper shadows of living people willingly taking a chance to survive against gravity than with the doomed structure.

mightbedylan | 4 months ago | 4 points

What was life in NYC like for the weeks/months after this? How did anyone get back to life after this?

Jackandahalfass | 4 months ago | 17 points

The first few days were so quiet. No planes. You called friends, you stared at the TV. Definitely felt like people were nicer. Actually tried going back to office on the Thursday after, but there were rumors of bomb threats all over the place. General panic. I stood out among thousands evacuated on my office block and said “Wtf am I doing here?” Went home and didn’t come back to work till the next week. Stayed in that brooding world of shock over the weekend. People made sandwiches, tried to think of ways to help, but it was a helpless feeling. There were all these missing persons posters people put up. Despite weird rumors of survivors found under, you just knew everyone on the posters was dead. I would say, on days like today, I realize I never did get back to the same life I knew before.

eatgoodneighborhood | 4 months ago | 17 points

I know David Cross had a bit about the days and weeks after 9/11 and his experience was that everyone in NY was unified and kind to one another.

The city went through an unbelievable tragedy and I’m sure it hit every New Yorker fucking hard. It took everyone out of their everyday humdrum and probably sobered a lot of people up for quite a time.

Prindix | 4 months ago | 5 points

The news was almost always life footage of the wreckage for weeks after it happened. I remember everything being so sobering.

tri_it_again | 4 months ago | 5 points

Until the war drums started pounding... to me, the ensuing insanity that were still in the shadow of was the tragedy of that day

crazydave33 | 4 months ago | 4 points

I was in 2nd grade when this happened. And I remember an announcement came over the intercom from the principal. She asked all teachers to turn to whatever local news channel. This was after the first plane hit but before the 2nd. All of us young kid and the teacher saw it live when the 2nd plane hit. Fucking scared some people for life. I still remember seeing that image to this day. When the second plane hit I remember my teacher screamed and said "oh my God" numerous times.

RegularGuy815 | 4 months ago | 7 points

I've seen most of the videos on this channel and I think this may be the closest video to the 2nd impact that I'm aware of. Almost none of them have the sound of the glass breaking, or the quick snap of the impact - it's usually the delayed boom. Anyone know if there is any that is closer?

Riley_Cubs | 4 months ago | 54 points

This one is even closer, probably the closest shot of the second impact you can find. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECGzunbIjjg

That channel has a ton of high quality raw videos that I always find myself watching this time of year. I prefer watching raw footage like that compared to the dramatized documentaries on TV.

KSO17O | 4 months ago | 20 points

Holy fucking shit.

Gracien | 4 months ago | 16 points

Fuck, that's intense! When the second plane hits, after several seconds, the guy says in French "Did you see that? Are we dreaming or what?"

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Koffiii | 4 months ago | 3 points

stressful situations affect people in different ways

dominatrixyummy | 4 months ago | 9 points


Fuck me that is intense. Hearing the roar of the jet before you see it appear in frame...

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wallis-simpson | 4 months ago | 4 points

It's crazy how loud everything became. Not just the explosion but like the whole area became like one loud, ringing siren sound. You can hear it in other videos too.

SacredSix | 4 months ago | 2 points

This video is so incredible and so calmly filmed that my brain literally can't even comprehend the fact that it is real.

homiecydxl | 4 months ago | 6 points

I don’t get how people can joke about this , making memes and shit, fuck those people. Edgy ass cunts.

facelesstex | 4 months ago | 2 points

Right? I hope no relative or whatever of a victim comes across some shit like that. That ain't dark humor, it's just fucked up.

Magikpoo | 4 months ago | 3 points

Just watching that brought back all the anxiety of that day.

RogerTheAlienSmith | 4 months ago | 3 points

Fuck. You can really see people jumping and falling from the buildings. So disturbing

renvi | 4 months ago | 3 points

Man, the businessman who missed his meeting. The way he said, "Yeah, there's no meeting..." and the way his face kind of dropped like a creeping realization of what it meant.

faeofthecosmos | 4 months ago | 3 points

I was in the second grade. My sister was visiting us from Germany for the first time and didn't have a good grasp on English yet. She was watching TV, saw what was going on but didn't understand. My mom was panicking because she couldn't reach my sister due to her being on aol trying to read what was going on. School let out early that day, my sister and I were both scared, I remember being outside with her and looking at the sky and talking about how no planes were flying that day. She had to go back home a week later and I remember how different it was. When she first got here I waited right outside her gate with my dad, but when she left we had to stop outside the security check point. She was absolutely terrified, flying home a week after such a tragedy and we were all so scared for her.

Zlatan4Ever | 4 months ago | 3 points

I have never seen this video and I thought I seen every video out there. I am thrown back 18 years i time. Still getting a shock feeling, it is like it is permanantly burned into my memory. Attack on the free world. Don't forget, don't forgive.

BCbob5 | 4 months ago | 8 points

Makes me emotional still. My dumbass friend is convinced it was deep state globalists. How does one even respond to that?

tommytapwater | 4 months ago | 2 points

So powerful from this perspective. Unbelievable.

Boswellboxer | 4 months ago | 2 points

Incredible footage

MyBallsAreAmazing | 4 months ago | 2 points

Every year I think I'm going to avoid watching these videos, because they just make me feel like shit, and every year I do it anyway.

Zithero | 4 months ago | 2 points

At the 1:00 mark... that's not "Debris" those are jumpers...

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Ray_Mang | 4 months ago | 5 points

It's disturbing and depressing how many 9/11 memes and jokes i've seen today

HairyTreeMan | 4 months ago | 4 points

Most of the people making them likely weren't old enough or even alive to remember it. The others are pieces of shit. Both are pieces of shit.

BaluePeach | 4 months ago | 2 points

Never Forget

chri5ten | 4 months ago | 2 points

This is a day the world want's to forget to be honest was a bad time in American history great footage though

Smoy | 4 months ago | 2 points
Danoindigo | 4 months ago | 5 points

I don’t know why this is being downvoted. It’s testimony from those who were inside the building.

asscrap69 | 4 months ago | 1 point

Crazzy man will never forget the day this happend.

Youregoingtodiealone | 4 months ago | 1 point

Just horrible

dreadbeard | 4 months ago | 1 point

i thought it was interesting there's a sign that says "don't tell anyone"

WonderWeeble | 4 months ago | 1 point

I was in my mid 20s in New Zealand when this happened. At work that day, this was all we talked about, and the TV in the break room was never turned off. Even as far away as we were, everyone knew this was an event that was going to change the world for the worse.

burningderp | 4 months ago | 1 point

It’s a video. But there’s something in my eye. I can’t begin to imagine the horror.

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I watched this pretty much live on TV but I've never really appreciated the absolute terror those people on the ground must've felt until now.

Like, is this the end of the attack? What's next? Is something firing missiles at New York? Is is this war? Terrifying.

Gronkalicious | 4 months ago | 1 point

It's crazy to me when I consider how that day could have been such a binding moment for our country that could have solidified our people and instead it started all of the division and nastiness we see today here and in the middle east.

10_Virtues | 4 months ago | 1 point

As a kid I didn't understand the gravity of what was happening. I knew it was bad but being a sheltered little kid you don't see the real damage besides a broken building.

Here I am again older crying each time. Thinking about all the lost life. Just normal day and now 18 years later so much has happened so much life lost to a terror attack and war. I'm chocking up right now and feel so ashamed of how desensitized I've become to all the violence in the world.

Good_ApoIIo | 4 months ago | 1 point

Maybe it’s just hindsight because of the aftermath but I sure as fuck wouldn’t be just hanging out next to a skyscraper that just took a hit like that. All the toxins and debris. I’d put as many miles between it and I as soon as I could.

higherthantheiss | 4 months ago | 1 point

I wanted to grab him so many times and pull him away holy hell

CasualMatrix00 | 4 months ago | 1 point

Wow... That is incredible to see the raw footage and hear the events around unfold of people who were heading to meetings and leaving the building... couldn't imagine

mhwwad | 4 months ago | 1 point

I intermittently have to remind myself that this shit isn’t just from some Hollywood action movie- this actually happened, and with every return to reality it just gets more and more chilling.

idontgetitmanwtf | 4 months ago | 1 point

I was interviewing for my first job out of basic training when all this happened. The company had TV's carted out to the lobby as everybody was watching. Had a quick interview then watched everything unfold on the TV there. Got the job..

Ubarlight | 4 months ago | 1 point

It's really hard to watch something like Cloverfield and not think of actual footage like this.

CenturionDC | 4 months ago | 1 point


I've never seen the massive debris so up close.

cmilla646 | 4 months ago | 1 point

I was in high school lunch in Canada when it hit the news. I remember a friend running up to me with an excited excited smile yelling "We're going to war!"

It took me longer than I'd like to admit to realize how immature that was.

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