It has been 17 years since the devastating 9/11 attacks. Coverage of the American Airlines flight 11 tragedy during which nearly 3,000 perished was the main priority that day for most Western news agencies (the scenes of the twin towers collapsing were witnessed by an estimated two billion people - a third of the human race). Together with amateur records, this has produced such an incredible amount of 9/11 photos, some of it is rarely seen even today.

Bored Panda has collected some of the least seen 9/11 stories from across the internet. From street-shots of the twin towers attack to satellite images of New York City, these historical photos are revealing new angles of the horrific day that changed the world forever. For more similar September 11 shots, check out this powerful book by David Friend.

#1

A Knot Of Bystanders At Park Row And Beekman Street Look Up As The South Tower Begins To Collapse

A Knot Of Bystanders At Park Row And Beekman Street Look Up As The South Tower Begins To Collapse

Patrick Witty Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

Most expressive pic of all pics. No matter your color, caste, religion, when such in-human and horrifying thing occurs, we all weep and bleed same color.

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#2

At Rector Street And Broadway, A Photographer Leaned Out His Window With A Medium-format Camera And Caught The Moment Before The Second Plane’s Impact

At Rector Street And Broadway, A Photographer Leaned Out His Window With A Medium-format Camera And Caught The Moment Before The Second Plane’s Impact

Rob Howard Report

Cat Meow
Community Member
3 years ago

Looking at all these pictures gives me goosebumps and flash backs to that day

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#3

People Falling From The Towers

People Falling From The Towers

David Surowiecki Report

John L
Community Member
3 years ago

Burning to death is the most painful thing, and it isn't any wonder that so many choose a quick death over the ultimate torture.

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#4

People Run Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Comes Up The Street From The Collapsing World Trade Center Buildings In New York

People Run Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Comes Up The Street From The Collapsing World Trade Center Buildings In New York

Kelly Price Report

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

It's so sad that this is real and not the screenshot of some action film.

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#5

A Man Has A Job To Do

A Man Has A Job To Do

Melanie Einzig Report

John L
Community Member
3 years ago

This does not surprise me at all. When I was in graduate school I worked the midnight shift at UPS, in Knoxville. Everything was 100% about getting the packages shipped and delivered. Management never slowed down. Everyone worked non stop from the moment they clocked in until they clocked out. In other words, you were paid well, but earned every penny made. Its the most 'workaholic' company in the world, I kid you not.

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#6

As Seen Through A Fish-Eye Lens From An Apartment Four Blocks Away, Smoke Streams From The North Tower Within Minutes Of The First Plane’s Attack

As Seen Through A Fish-Eye Lens From An Apartment Four Blocks Away, Smoke Streams From The North Tower Within Minutes Of The First Plane’s Attack

Patricia McDonough Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

I am sure who ever took this pic, will never forget the view entire life. Horrific, terrible and sad.

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#7

American Airlines Flight 11 (Visible In The Upper Right-Hand Corner Of The Photo) Approaches The North Tower Of The World Trade Center On September 11, 2001

American Airlines Flight 11 (Visible In The Upper Right-Hand Corner Of The Photo) Approaches The North Tower Of The World Trade Center On September 11, 2001

American Airlines Flight 11 (visible in the upper right-hand corner of the photo) approaches the north tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. This largely unknown triptych (the subsequent images follow), shot from a Brooklyn window, was part of an ongoing Internet art exhibition that displayed updated panoramas of downtown Manhattan every four seconds. A time code can be seen in the lower right-hand corner of each frame.

Wolfgang Staehle Report

Greg Hoggarth
Community Member
3 years ago

I recall there being very little footage of the first plane hitting, so this might be amongst that scarce record.

Myxomatosis
Community Member
3 years ago

I watched it happen and just could not believe, "What??!!!" Then to find out that that very plane left from my hometown. I was immediately sick.

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EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

I can't believe after so many years, these images still makes me so sad and vulnerable. Would you please stop cutting onions near me, I have sensitive eyes.

Marylou Sakosky
Community Member
3 years ago

Here ...I have one you can treasure ..as it was intack..Keep yourself a copy..Pop was a pilot in the 60's so it is old 581516_101...a8fe02.jpg 581516_10151243411027664_358611256_n-59ba845a8fe02.jpg

Johanna Zamora
Community Member
3 years ago

This is the only other image I've seen of the first plane, except for that video excerpt

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
3 years ago

I have too much imagination. People sitting at their desks, going about their work. Glance out the window and see a plane heading straight for you. Those poor souls would have had but a moment to realise this was the end for them in the most unlikely of ways.

Rebekah
Community Member
3 years ago

Still takes my breath away. Such a horrible day.

TC
Community Member
3 years ago

Really impressive.

izraul hidashi
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah... only that wasn't flight 11. It's too bad most people aren't bright enough to check flight trackers for historical data. Every flight tracker with a history report shows that all 4 flights did not crash. The planes in NY were military drones. But don't my word for it, just check flightaware and see for yourself.

Christina Mulkey
Community Member
1 year ago

Actually the today show caught the whole thing on camera and everyone watched in horror.

Invid
Community Member
3 years ago

Whoever photoshopped this did a good job

Ima Klowne
Community Member
3 years ago

I have never seen this incredible sequence of photos before. Speechless.

Edwin Lesperance
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazing.

Cynthia Phillips
Community Member
3 years ago

This is a scarce shot... so explosive... here is reality happening in... 12 seconds!

Jude
Community Member
3 years ago

Even less than 12 seconds, Cynthia. Frighteningly less. :(

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Lululoohoo
Community Member
3 years ago

literal chills through me as I look at these photos.

Invid
Community Member
3 years ago

Whoever photosho

Bob Neiro
Community Member
3 years ago

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No planes could have caused such damage. IT's not my opinion. It's the opinion of the professional association of engineers

Kerri Russ
Community Member
3 years ago

Bull. Engineers and scientists the world over have proven time and again that the theories of the nutjob deniers are false. The planes were deliberately flown into the buildings by religious extremists to destroy a treasured monument to America's growth and wealth (as they saw it). They, and they alone, caused this to take out maximum American lives. Conspiracy theories mock the memory of those who lost their lives that day. Just stop it.

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#8

South Tower Of The World Trade Center Collapsing

South Tower Of The World Trade Center Collapsing

Bolivar Arellano Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

omg, this is so unreal. wonder how this person or camera survived. I have never seen any pic before captured at this angle showing tower collapse. OP must be couple of hundred meters near or less than the base of building.

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#9

The South Tower Disintegrates, Raining Debris Behind A Cross Atop Trinity Church

The South Tower Disintegrates, Raining Debris Behind A Cross Atop Trinity Church

James Nachtwey / VII for Time Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

I wonder if that cross was still standing post both buildings collapsed.

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#10

Not Yet Realizing A Terrorist Attack Was In Progress, Architect And Amateur Pilot Isabel Daser, Eight Months Pregnant, Asked A Co-Worker To Take Her Portrait As A Record Of The Day

Not Yet Realizing A Terrorist Attack Was In Progress, Architect And Amateur Pilot Isabel Daser, Eight Months Pregnant, Asked A Co-Worker To Take Her Portrait As A Record Of The Day

Daser Bessler Report

Eirik Guttulsrud
Community Member
3 years ago

None of them seem aware :/

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#11

The Second Plane Flew Directly Over My Head And Slammed Into The South Tower. It Took Me A Few Seconds To Get My Head Together, And This Was The Shot I Took

The Second Plane Flew Directly Over My Head And Slammed Into The South Tower. It Took Me A Few Seconds To Get My Head Together, And This Was The Shot I Took

Marc A. Garrett Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

I would probably print this and hang in my study as a reminder of world is not a fair place. So many peaceful and innocent lives were lost this day, so many people lost their loved ones, and for what?

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#12

I Was 4 Years Old And The Picture Was Taken Along The Westside Highway That Morning On 9/11

I Was 4 Years Old And The Picture Was Taken Along The Westside Highway That Morning On 9/11

AustinSansone Report

Isabel Tamayo
Community Member
3 years ago

Who would have thought? Walking on a busy street, the weather is nice and sunny. You click a picture of your son and suddenly see the tragedy at the background. Really sad.

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#13

A Lone Man Runs Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Comes Up The Street From The Collapsing World Trade Center Buildings In New York September 11, 2001

A Lone Man Runs Down Broadway As A Smoke And Dust Cloud Comes Up The Street From The Collapsing World Trade Center Buildings In New York September 11, 2001

Kelly Price Report

Tracey Hunt
Community Member
3 years ago

To be and feel alone, with that behind you. Absolutely devastating.

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#14

9/11

9/11

luke kurtis Report

Lara B.
Community Member
3 years ago

What a strong picture!

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#15

Smoke Plumes Are Clearly Visible In This Landsat 7 Satellite Image Of New York City Made Early On September 12

Smoke Plumes Are Clearly Visible In This Landsat 7 Satellite Image Of New York City Made Early On September 12

NASA Report

logical fallacy
Community Member
3 years ago

One of the scariest accounts I've read on 9/11 is that of a woman who worked nearby and lived not-so-nearby. In her mind, the most horrifying was the smell of burnt debris and people that engulfed te city in the following days. I can see why now.

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#16

A Plane Explodes After Hitting The Second Tower Of The World Trade Center As The Other Tower Burns

A Plane Explodes After Hitting The Second Tower Of The World Trade Center As The Other Tower Burns

Sara K. Schwittek Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

O' dear lord, please spare me from seeing such images again in my lifetime, or my children or anyone after that. It scarred me for life, don't want to happen with this anyone, anymore.

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#17

Penman Got As Close To The Buildings As He Could, Before Police Put Up A Cordon. But That Meant He Was Right Next To The Buildings When The First Tower Collapsed

Penman Got As Close To The Buildings As He Could, Before Police Put Up A Cordon. But That Meant He Was Right Next To The Buildings When The First Tower Collapsed

Phil Penman Report

Sophie G
Community Member
3 years ago

how there was not more damage to the buildings surrounding them, or was there?

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#18

On A Brooklyn Rooftop Shortly After The Collapse Of The Twin Towers

On A Brooklyn Rooftop Shortly After The Collapse Of The Twin Towers

On a Brooklyn rooftop shortly after the collapse of the Twin Towers, Jenna Piccirillo and three-month-old Vaughan embody innocence and resilience, according to the photographer: “Life continues in the face of disaster . . . despite the horrors we inflict on one another.”

Alex Webb/Magnum Photos Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

why I can't find anything to comment on this pic, is it because this picture is such a contrast of what is happening. One side is disaster, loss of innocent lives, and one side there is a new life booming and making its way into such unpredictable world. what thoughts must be going inside that mother's mind, only a mother would know.

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#19

The Photographer Considered This 9/11 Brooklyn Scene Too Tranquil At The Time. He Decided Not To Publish The Image Widely Until Four Years After The Attacks

The Photographer Considered This 9/11 Brooklyn Scene Too Tranquil At The Time. He Decided Not To Publish The Image Widely Until Four Years After The Attacks

Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos Report

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
3 years ago

But what did it mean to them...no radio???...no news????...They may have thought it was an office fire...very much doubt they were aware of the tragedy and continued so casually....

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#20

Twin Towers Of The World Trade Center Burn Behind The Empire State Building

Twin Towers Of The World Trade Center Burn Behind The Empire State Building

Marty Lederhandler Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

so sad!

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#21

Several Buildings In The Trade Center Complex Collapsed Following A Terrorist Attack

Several Buildings In The Trade Center Complex Collapsed Following A Terrorist Attack

Petra Beter Report

EmptySoul
Community Member
3 years ago

sometimes its so hard to believe those 2 buildings collapsed like dominos. It feels like it happened yesterday.

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