Tuesday, December 7

September 11 attacks: the story behind the iconic image of man falling from one of the Twin Towers

  • Juliana Gragnani
  • BBC News Brazil

Twin Towers on fire on September 11, 2001.

Image source, Spencer Platt/Getty Images

For editorial reasons and due to the sensitivity of the image, the BBC does not show the photograph of the man jumping into the void.

Death or death. On the morning of September 11, 2001, dozens of people were confronted with this false alternative. With fire and smoke inside the buildings of the World Trade Center in New York, the victims on the upper floors began to jump, losing their lives when falling from up to 417 meters.

The scene of people jumping out of buildings attacked by two planes is one of the darkest and most sensitive aspects of the tragedy, which will mark its 20th anniversary this Saturday.

The image of one of these people, a man falling almost plummeting, face down and his body parallel to the lines of the Twin Towers, became iconic.


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