Saturday, September 06, 2003

A Brand New Vid of WTC @ 9-11 in time for September Terror

Brand New Vid of WTC @ 9-11 in time for September Terror

Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - The only videotape known to have captured both planes slamming into the World Trade Center, and only the second image of the first strike, has surfaced on the eve of the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The footage, obtained by The New York Times, was taken by a Czech immigant construction worker.

It's a good thing there is nothing to fear but fear itself...

The article goes on the say:

Pavel Hlava, an immigrant construction worker from the Czech Republic, shot footage of the first plane hitting the north tower as a sport utility vehicle he was riding in entered the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel en route to lower Manhattan.

Hlava, who made the tape looking at the camera's relatively low-resolution LCD display, told the Times he did not see the first plane as he focused on the towers. But the tape shows a whitish object hitting the tower, followed by dust spurting from the tower's side and a silvery, expanding cloud.

Passing through the tunnel, Hlava, his brother and his boss heard a radio report that a small private plane had hit the World Trade Center, straight ahead outside the tunnel. That hardly prepared them for what they saw when they emerged: the north tower, looming over them, bursting with flames.

As Hlava continued filming, the second jet shrieked behind him. He caught the plane as it shot into the south tower, exploding into an orange fireball and sending papers flying in every direction. Later, after crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, he focused on the buildings again as the south tower tilted to one side and collapsed.

Looking back, I wonder why it didn't dawn on me to leave the Upper East Side apartment and videotape the event. Guess I was too busy keeping folks calm and throwing the I Ching -- a real help when everything else around you is knocked off-center and less than impartial. I did, however, snap a few shots from the back porch with a still of which being what appeared to be a huge reclining corpse made of clouds floating by, and later, an evil-looking dragon-cloud...which, I learned later, upon seeing "The Mothman Prophesy", that it (the cloud formation) looked remarkably similar to the mothman image from the brainscan. [Twilight Zone theme]

I digress...