9/11 video doesn’t prove plane didn’t hit South Tower

9 September 2021
What was claimed

Home video footage shows that no planes were used in the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center.

Our verdict

This is not true. The video only shows the impact from one angle, obscuring the second plane completely. There is ample evidence planes were used in the 9/11 attacks, including many videos showing a plane hitting the South Tower.

This fact check includes links to pictures and video footage some people may find disturbing. 

A post on Facebook wrongly claims that video footage of the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City shows that no planes were involved. The video has been viewed more than 20,000 times.

It shows Flight 175 hitting the South Tower, the second tower of the World Trade Center struck during the attack. 

From the angle of the video, no plane can be seen hitting the tower—all that can be seen is the explosion in the immediate aftermath. 

The most likely explanation for this is that the view of the plane is obscured by the tower itself. Flight 175 hit the southern-facing facade of the South Tower, meaning that anyone watching, or indeed filming, the attack from the north side may miss the moment of impact. 

There are many pictures and videos available online of Flight 175 approaching and hitting the South Tower partly because so many were photographing the aftermath of the first attack. Also, as many other fact checkers and experts have written, there is ample evidence that planes were used during the attacks. 

Alongside eyewitness accounts, pictures and videos of the impact itself, pieces of the aircraft were also recovered from the wreckage of the towers. 

This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as false because the video shows the impact of Flight 175 into the South Tower of the World Trade Center from just one angle, obscuring the plane itself. There is ample evidence the planes hit the towers.

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