New York 9/11 Photographer Did Not See 2nd plane as he photographed explosion

In 2001, Charlie Rose interviewed some New York Photographers about what they experienced on 9/11. This is an edited version of that interview. Pay particular attention to David Handschuh’s account of not seeing the 2nd plane and being lifted up and moved a block in "air with substance".…

RD = Richard Drew
DH = David Hanschuh


RD: …but I didn’t even know it there were 2 planes until I started talking with a policeman…


RD: … you thought you were watching a movie… [others agree]


RD: … all of a sudden the top [of the building] just ‘poofed out’


DH: … and as I hit the corner of Liberty Street, I was almost being picked up by a tornado … it was like being picked up… the black cloud had substance… it was like night – but it had a solid feel to it – like gravel… hot gravel and [it] just picked me up and tossed me about a block. Just… one second I was running and the next second I was airborne…


DH: It never dawned on me that 1 or both of those buildings was going to come down.


DH: That’s actually the plane slamming into the south tower [image shown on screen does not seem to contain a large plane, or parts thereof].


DH: I was less than 100 yards away from the building standing on West Street. We heard this noise – remember – I presumed Cessna, never thought ‘large aircraft’. After the first one, we didn’t know – we didn’t know ‘attack’, we didn’t know ‘terrorism’ – we just thought ‘horrible accident’. People go up and down the Hudson Corridor all the time – learning to fly, or commercial aircraft – and then heard this noise which seemed to come from everywhere – but we didn’t… we had no idea what it was. And then the South Tower just exploded – it just… it just blew up and somebody said ‘that was a plane’… I was underneath it. I was looking at the tower. I had my camera in my hand. I heard the noise and never saw the airplane and didn’t realise that I had that picture till a neighbour brought the daily news over the next day.

Full interview here:… (low volume audio)


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