CHILLING video captures the moment a student screamed “Oh my God, it’s terrorists” as she filmed the second plane slamming into the Twin Towers.
The shocking viral clip was taken by then New York University student Caroline Dries from her 32nd floor dormitory which overlooked the site of the infamous terror attack.
The footage she took on the morning of September 11, 2001 is now recognised as an historically crucial clip documenting the atrocity which left thousands dead.
Caroline and her roommate, Megan, awoke at 8.46am to the sound of what they believed to be an explosion.
She began filming from her room at 200 Water Street after she spotted smoke coming from the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
As the drama unfolds, Caroline and Megan can be heard speculating as to what is happening, while Megan frantically explains the situation to her mother over the phone.
The footage was captured by then New York University student Caroline Dries[/caption]
While staring up at the first smoking tower, Caroline is heard saying: “No way…holy mo-fo what is that?”
It is only when the South Tower was attacked minutes later that the two women realised they were witnessing something sinister.
As the jet smashes into the landmark, Caroline shouts: “Oh, my God” as her friend Megan can be heard screaming in the background.
One of the girls them screams: “It’s terrorists…what do we do.”
Both girls are then heard sobbing uncontrollably while arguing about whether or not to leave the relative safety of their flat.
When was 9/11?
On September 11, 2001, a group of al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four airliners.
Two planes – American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 75 – crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City.
Another was flown into the Pentagon in Washington DC and the fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after a struggle between the hijackers and passengers.
Of the 2,996 who died on 9/11, including the 19 hijackers, 2,606 were killed at the World Trade Center and the surrounding area.
Both towers collapsed following the impact, with debris causing more deaths and injury on the streets below.
Many people including the emergency response teams lost their lives trying to save others.
It was the worst loss of life due to a terrorist incident on US soil.
Megan is heard telling her mum: “Another plane just crashed into the World Trade Center…a jet, a jumbo jet I am so scared. I love you.”
Footage shows their panic as they scramble to grab their belongings and exit the apartment.
After leaving their flat one of the girls says: “I don’t want to be on the 32nd floor of this building any more.”
Caroline, who is now a successful television producer working on hit shows including Smallville and The Vampire Diaries, later told CNN: “I just remember feeling, ‘I don’t know what to do.’
“That feeling of being so vulnerable was so overwhelming; and so, we ran out of the apartment, took the elevator down to the street, and it was just kind of pandemonium with no one knowing what [was] happening.
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“It took kind of ten years for me to understand why this footage is special.
“People, I think, want to remember the details clearly and to hold onto it because they know how significant it was.
“Sometimes I think it would have been nice to have not filmed it – to just have run and let time kind of erase all the details and it would have gone a little faster.”